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ClassTag or Bloomz: which is right for you?

There are plenty of teacher-to-parent communication options out there, which puts teachers in a bittersweet situation. Comparing different platforms can be overwhelming, so we have created this article to answer the question: How is ClassTag different from Bloomz?

Our goal at ClassTag is to support teachers and to help them get to the information they need efficiently and quickly. Use the links below if there is something specific in which you are comparing for ClassTag and Bloomz:

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How is ClassTag different from Bloomz?

Both ClassTag and Bloomz offer efficient ways to communicate with parents. One difference between the two is that Bloomz focuses purely on parent-teacher communication; whereas ClassTag not only transforms how you connect with parents, it also brings you free supplies for your classroom. Also, ClassTag is entirely free with all of its functionality, while Bloomz is moving a number of features into its premium offering and starting to charge teachers for a year of usage upfront.

“ClassTag is a communication tool that makes life easier for the teacher. It is a Signup Genius, Remind, calendar, and class website all in one!”
Beth Lafferty, 4th Grade Teacher at Lipscombe Academy

 

Parent Communication Tools

Both ClassTag and Bloomz have a suite of tools for reaching parents, however ClassTag does have some bonus features which make it a quick, effective way to reach every single parent:

  • Contact validation – receive alerts for bad contact details
  • Printouts of key communications to send home to offline parents
  • Stats on engagement and tracked conversations

Here’s a full overview:

Keeping Parents In-The-Loop

Direct and group messages
Photo and video sharing, stories
Announcements
Automatic translation into other languages
Reach parents via SMS text and email
Read receipts – see who’s read your messages
Send messages without character limits
Parents receive messages before signing up to the platform
Contact validation – alerts for bad contact details
Printouts of key communications to send home to offline parents
Weekly newsletter feature
Stats on engagement and tracked conversations

 

Parent Support and Engagement

ClassTag has a suite of free tools that make organizing events and activities and getting participation.

Teachers using Bloomz may need to pay for Bloomz Premium to avoid some inconveniences.

Events, activities, and participation

Digital flyers & parent resources
Organize parent-teacher conferences
Class calendar with option to sync to personal    *iCal Sync ONLY
Teacher request for volunteers
Request items from parents
Events with RSVPs from parents
Stats on engagement and tracked conversations
Premium Support from App Team
Unlimited Data Storage

ClassTag is completely free, for everyone. No up-sells, no gated features, no subscriptions, no school or district level plans. Also free is access to our incredible support team, here to assist you via our promptly responsive online chat or email. To receive this level of one-on-one support from Bloomz you need to pay for a Premium account.

 

ClassTag’s activities and parent engagement options (as seen from within the app):

Reaching and engaging families without access to technology

While both ClassTag and Bloomz have an automatic translation, only ClassTag has features for reaching all parents.

ClassTag gives teachers smart, actionable alerts and recommendations. If a family isn’t being reached via email or mobile app, the chatbot-inspired assistant will recommend printing a personalized paper copy of announcements, reminders and schedules to be sent home in children’s backpacks to those harder-to-reach parents.

 

Inside the Classroom

Classroom and Behaviour Management

ClassTag does not offer behavior management as we are mainly focused on positive parent-teacher connections. We also want to serve teachers at middle and high schools, where behavior management may not be a necessary feature.

However, if you need a behavior management app, then you might want to check out these behavior management platforms:

 

A Truly Unique Solution To Teachers’ Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

As you surely know, many teachers are spending $100’s, maybe $1000’s of out-of-pocket, just on classroom supplies. But with ClassTag, you can finally get your students what they need and keep your salary.

Family-friendly brands want to support teachers like you. With the ClassTag Rewards program, they can do so through ClassTag as classroom supporters.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You use ClassTag for parent communication
  2. You accumulate “ClassTag Coins” as you engage parents through ClassTag
  3. You then redeem your ClassTag Coins for free supplies and resources for your class

Teachers can redeem their ClassTag Coins for teacher offers exclusively available on ClassTag Rewards:

 


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