Frequently Asked Questions About BloomBoard

1. How many professional learning credits (to be used within the BloomBoard marketplace) will be allocated to my district? When will the district receive these credits? Do the credits expire?

If you are interested in participating in the BloomBoard marketplace, you must notify the CSDE by submitting an opt-in form response at www.bloomboard.com/ct. Based on the level of interest, an allocation of professional learning credits will be provided. The amount will vary depending on the number of users within the district and the overall number of users in the state. These credits will be made available to the district at the point at which the system is configured to their CSDE-approved model. Professional learning credits do not expire and can be carried over from year-to-year.

2. What vendors are available through the BloomBoard marketplace?

BloomBoard works closely with a wide range of vendors to ensure that the resources in our marketplace are diverse, research-based and high quality. The ever-expanding BloomBoard content library includes professional learning from vendors such as PBS TeacherLine, Wiley / Jossey-Bass, Knowledge Delivery Systems, The Master Teacher, Kappa Delta Phi and Education Development Center (EDC).

3. How do I upload school, district or regional-specific professional learning resources? Is there a cost?

Districts can add their own professional learning content to the BloomBoard marketplace and opt to make the content available just to the district or to the whole BloomBoard community. BloomBoard allows each district to upload a limited amount of content for free, and then assesses additional content hosting fees as storage volume increases.

4. Will regional educational service center (RESC) workshops be available in the BloomBoard marketplace? How do I register for local/regional events?

Yes. The registration for these workshops will be a available through the BloomBoard platform.

5. Where will the data be stored? Who will have access to it? How secure is my data?

BloomBoard takes appropriate precautions to protect our users’ information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as your password or a credit card number), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). For more detailed information on BloomBoard’s privacy policy, please visit http://apps.bloomboard.com/PP.html

6. What if our district is using a different data management system provider (e.g. Protraxx, School Improvement Network, My Learning Plan, etc.)?

The CSDE, through their partnership with CAS, will allocate professional learning credits to all districts who are interested, regardless of whether they are using the BloomBoard system to track evaluation data. If you are interested in participating in the BloomBoard marketplace, you must notify the CSDE by submitting an opt-in form response at www.bloomboard.com/ct. BloomBoard will work with these types of districts to set up access to the BloomBoard professional learning marketplace so that district evaluators and educators can use their credits and interact with and consume content.

7. What is the long-term plan? Are there any cost considerations?

Through CAS, the CSDE will fund perpetual licenses for all districts in the state. As such, there will be no cost to the district to host their evaluation data with BloomBoard into perpetuity. While CSDE is committed to funding professional learning credits in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, support in future years will be contingent on budget appropriations. If there were to be no funding available in a given year, any professional learning credits would need to be supported, in full, at the district level, but there would be no cost for the data management system for the educator evaluation data.

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