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Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar, "Bloomz:
Engaging Today's Parents in the Modern Classroom" with special guest presenters, Laura Briggs and Horacio Ochoa.
March 18, 2017
Our Livebinder link for today:
Thank you Peg Volak for introducing our guests today!
Anthippi Harou 1
Your tweets, Peggy, are reminders for this special day for me!
What an awesome job description Horacio!
Susie wasn't able to be with us today due to a memorial service for someone in her family.
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I'm so grateful for all of the ways we can communicate with parents--both tech and non-tech!
Bloomz App on Facebook
I think that parent engagement is different than parent involvement. It's much more than getting parents to volunteer at school but to invite and value their input for school decisions.
in spite of the research there are still many schools that just rely on parent-teacher conferences and printed newsletters--mainly one-way communication.
Hi Terri G. Welcome! So glad you could join us!
That quote by the teacher was so true! A lot for teachers to juggle!!
There are a lot of great resources about Bloomz, even short video tutorials, on our Livebinder today.
Many years ago our school used a telephone hotline for teachers and the principal to send out recorded messages to parents. Not very effective because it was only one way and once you listened to it (if you did) it disappeared.
Laura is going to do some screen sharing to demonstrate some of these features to make it really clear. :-)
Love that they have 2-way messaging and that you can share student work with the parents!!!
What a simple way to have a portfolio of your child's work without having to create a separate portfolio!
If you have questions as we go along please type them in the chat. Then Laura will know what you would like to see her demonstrate with screen sharing. :-)
Do students need to create accounts on Bloomz?
I first learned about Bloomz from Vicki Davis. She raves about it in her podcasts almost every week!
Students do not create accounts but they have a way to login with a QR code to post their work to their timelines.
Laura please explain that further when you take the mic again. :-) What if they don't have mobile devices to read QR codes?
Anthippi Harou 1
Does each parent see only their child's portfolio or all the students' portfolios?
I'm sure parents love having everything in one place and it's more likely they won't miss important news and information about their child's life at school.
Parents can see only their own child's portfolio.
This is awesome! Lots of great awards!!
Anthippi Harou 1
Thank you, Laura!
I love that they were chosen as the Winner of 2016 Best at ISTE!!
An anonymous panel of these educator judges selected products by scouring the exhibit hall floor during ISTE 2016, which featured 500 companies sharing solutions with more than 16,000 educators. The judges rated products on quality, effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology.
Very cool! The other App that I am using does not offer video. My kids are special ed and hands-on learners. I need this video option
What can a teacher do if a parent chooses not to join Bloomz (lack of technology or maybe even lack of knowledge about how to use it)?
Video is absolutely a deal-breaker!!! :-)
if you have a mobile device handy download the app and follow along.
That's a tough problem. I always feel bad that I can give as much to those 2 parents. I do my best!
you can also do this on your computer in a separate tab
We are planning to keep this Bloomz group going for Classroom 2.0 LIVE so we can keep sharing things with each other after the webinar (about any of the tech topics we have on our shows). :-)
Class access code: CLASS2
if you have questions or run into snags let us know
Wait...if I'm on Chrome, am I a student or teacher? (Teacher)
I got a head start. :-)
On phone. Will need to sign up later
I'm very excited about that possibility!!! I would love to have some of you play on Bloomz with me. :-)
these instructions are in our Livebinder too if you want to try to do this later.
lots of webinars to learn about Bloomz
how cool! boy and girl scout troops are using it!
Is there a way for parents to combine multiple groups in their account like school, teacher, boy scouts, clubs, etc.?
You're doing great Laura!!! Crossing fingers for screen sharing!
seeing that great! I hope all of you are too.
Funny, I thought of the track car pool when you mentioned the girl scout troops!
that is awesome! all of your groups right on one screen!
Don't worry! We won't be taking attendance or recording your behavior on our Classroom 2.0 account :-)
Is her page not sharing?
I see limited access, and can't see what you are sharing.
Terri, are you not seeing her screen?
Correct. Is it because I am not on the app?
oh I think we have to approve your posts before they display. Let's ask Laura.
@DrThomasHo (Indiana) #2
I think I need verified too.
That's all I can do.
Did you get an email to verify your account Lorie?
Refreshing the page worked.
I got the comments. Just not her sharing the app.
Slides were showing.
This could be a party invite / sign up for food??
Terri that may be bandwidth on your mobile device. App sharing definitely requires more bandwidth.
it will all be in the recording too.
Thanks for everything Peggy
will check out the recording.
that would be a great way to get parent helpers for a school party!
is everyone verified now?
hahaha! sign up to bring chocolate to our party!!
what awesome volunteers you are!
love that we can get reminders automatically
Of course I'll bring the chocolate syrup. :)
whew Paula!!! I couldn't figure out how to add that to the list of items needed :-)
love that idea!!!! take a picture of the sight words and record their voice!
what a time saver for teachers!!
it helps the students to become very self-directed, independent learners!!
if there is only one ipad or smart phone in the class (teacher's) can that be used to take the photo of the work so the student can post it on Bloomz?
what a cute idea! growing flowers!
fantastic demo Laura!!! Thank you!
Lorie will get on the mic to ask our questions now.
It's like a Seesaw and Class DoJo, Sign-up Genius all in one...
Free is great!
Virtual applause for a great demo, Laura.
Anthippi Harou 1
I agree Peg! So many terrific features!
@Peg V that's what I was thinking too.
that's a good suggestion for sharing devices
if you have further questions that haven't been answered, please type them now
how do the students get that photo from the teacher to upload to Bloomz
Do you just have one group for your professional learning or can you have sub groups for different topics?
I'm thinking of our Classroom 2.0 group :-)
awesome! thanks! so people could choose which of those groups they want to join.
do they get notifications when there are new posts to the group?
Hi, here is 17*C and
Hi Dejan! We are almost finished. The show starts an hour earlier now that we are on daylight saving time.
I'm getting a little "pop" sound when someone posts a new comment when I have the app open on my computer.
Thank you so much Laura and Horacio!!!! Very excited!!!
Anthippi Harou 1
Thank you for the great presentation!
@DrThomasHo (Indiana) #3
School account signup?
me too Paula
but what happens when the app isn't open?
do you know when there are new posts?
great idea! quiet hours :-)
Tiziana Angiolini ( ITALY)
Thank you all for having us here and for all the great questions
What a great lineup we have coming over the next weeks!
Thank you for being an awesome audience and great participants also!
Might not be here next Saturday as I'll be attending a mini LACUE conference in Baton Rouge. I'll see Desiree there.
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Thank you ALL for joining us today!
Thank you Patti for creating all of the PD certificates for us!
Have a fantastic weekend!!!
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