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!
You don’t have to be in a one to one iPad classroom to integrate this powerful tablet into your everyday routine. Here are just a sampling of some great apps to use with your one iPad:
- Spinner (instant decision maker)
- iTunes U (curriculum material)
- Word Clouds (whole class discussions)
- MyScript Calculator (checking student work)
- Science Channel (accessing video clips)
- Pocket (keep track of PD articles)
- Scholastic Book Wizard (scan and search book titles)
- American History Clips (find the perfect video)
- Stream Reading (keep track of conferences)
- Aesop’s Fables (classroom read aloud)
- Book Writer (create class anthologies)
- Number Line (modeling for students)
If you’re teaching in a one iPad classroom – check out my course “Teach with Your iPad: Instruct, Assess & Manage Your Class with a Single iPad” (it’s 50% OFF!)
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!