Product Review of Homeroom
Homeroom is a website (and iOS and Android app) for educators to share private classroom albums with learners‘ families. Teachers can post text, videos, and photos to the Homeroom timeline feed; photos can also be viewed in a gallery format. Setup takes a couple of steps: naming the album and inviting users by email. There’s also an option to invite a batch of users using a link. The default setting allows any member to post, but educators can control that in the settings, restricting posts to administrators and allowing parents to comment and “like” posts. Posts can be deleted but not edited, and there’s no option for photo cropping or editing in the tool.
Overall User Consensus About the App
The interactive stream of posts and photos involve family members in class activities. Students will be excited to share what they’re doing in class and read comments from group members.
Curriculum and Instruction
Homeroom allows educators to share with families the fun and learning happening inside their classrooms every day, but the tool doesn’t offer much beyond sharing posts and photos.
Setting up Homeroom is intuitive, especially to users of other social media platforms. However, a lack of options for editing posts and photos makes its use burdensome.