Otus is a terrific management tool for teachers in one-to-one classrooms who want an easy way to keep track of student work, provide opportunities for collaboration, and so much more. I’ve had the opportunity to share Otus with my readers and webinar attendees and want to highlight one of the fantastic aspects of this powerful app – Otus is completely FREE for students and teachers.
With Otus teachers can keep track of participation, send notes to students, and take attendance. They can also recognize student behavior by awarding points and group students. The bookshelf feature lets teachers organize folders of resources to share with students – this can be done for whole class, individual, or create groups of students. Otus gives teachers the power to create, assign, and grade assessments. It is also simple to share these assessments with colleagues who may wish to use the same one or modify it for their students.
In my work curating resources for teachers I’ve come across plenty of great products that have some features for free and others that ask users to sign up for a subscription. Otus is a social enterprise. Its mission is to level the playing field by making technology easy-to-use and more affordable for all school districts. This business model means that Otus will always be free with no advertising or sales. It’s hard to believe it but they have the funding to provide this resource to teachers completely FREE!
Visit their website to learn more!
ClassDojo is an app that I recommend to teachers all the time! It’s a fantastic classroom management tool that can be used at all grade levels to keep track of student behavior data and make it easier to keep families informed.
This week they’ve released a new feature you’ll want to check out. ClassDojo will now have Shared Classes so teachers can collaborate when gathering information. For team teachers who share students or middle school teachers who see different classes throughout the day, this new update will definitely come in handy.
Learn more by visiting their website!
Earlier this year I shared Class Charts, the behavior management tool for creating seating charts in your classroom. They have recently launched Class Charts Whole School which uses student behavior profiles to create seating charts. This happens automatically thanks to an artificial intelligence engine that monitors behavior trends and identifies which students are in need of interventions. Now teachers using this free program can manage behavior in real time and synchronize their class’ data with the whole school.
Class Charts Whole School gives your school community the opportunity to reward good behavior for students in every grade. Not only could this lead to the development of a school rewards store, but this program can be part of a school-wide effort to promote good decision making. Class Charts lets teachers have a visual of student performance and data ready to share with parents, service providers, and administrators. Check out their website to learn more!
If anyone tells you that an iPad is just for playing Angry Birds, this list of teacher tools is sure to change their mind. Check out these tips, tricks and apps for classroom management!
- Read Alouds and Short Text Recorder (manage test prep)
- Siri Speaks to Me (manage conference notes)
- WordPress (manage a class blog)
- Test Prep Aids for the Teacher – Pacing (manage test prep)
- Make Your Own Buttons (manage student iPad screens)
- Gmail to Organize Student Work (manage student work)
- I Can’t Live Without… Dropbox (manage resources)
- Management Tools on the iPad (manage time and volume )
- Pick a Student (manage participation)
- Dragon Dictation (manage conference notes)
- Hourglass iPad Timer (manage time)
- Organize Your iPad Cart (manage resources)
- Picture Perfect Behavior (manage behavior)
- iPad Name Tags: What’s my number? (manage devices)
- Dropbox: Fill it up! (manage resources)
- Use Too Noisy for Volume Control (manage volume)
- iPad Reference Charts (manage devices)
- Random Name Selector (manage participation)
- Siri in the Classroom: Homework (manage homework)
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The iPad is a great tool for accessing and creating content. Teachers can also use this device to collect and organize student work. Here are a few ways you can turn your iPad into an assessment tool:
- Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)
- Score Rubrics on iPads (grade student work)
- Show and Explain Your Work (document student understanding)
- Class Charts (gather behavior data)
- Screenshots (capture student work)
- Gmail to Organize Student Work (organize student work)
- Behavior Watch: ClassDojo (gather behavior data)
- Simple Grading Tools (determine student grades)
- Common Core Activities with Frolyc (gather student work)
- Edit Student Work on iPads (annotate student work)
- Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms (formative assessment)
Class Charts is a behavior tracking technology tool that makes it easy for teachers to collect data in their classroom. This tool can be used to create seating charts for a class that provides a visual overview of student needs. Class Charts gives teachers the ability to track and share data on student behavior to promote collaboration with colleagues.
Class Charts will automatically create seating charts for students that can be edited to fit different classroom layouts. These seating plans highlight key data for teachers that can be printed as reports to share with parents. Teachers can even add student photographs to their virtual seating chart to help learn names and keep classroom visitors informed about student needs. Class Charts can be accessed from a laptop, desktop or tablet’s Internet browser and it is completely free! Visit Class Chart’s website to learn more about this product – and watch their video too!