The Blog allows teachers to have informal and conversational-style communication. It can be used for both whole-class communication and private communication.

Creating a Post

  • Many different file types can be added to posts; links, PDFs, videos, images, audio clips, or Google Drive documents.
  • The ability to comment can be controlled by the teacher.
  • Posts can be published immediately, saved as a draft, or scheduled to post at a specific time.

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The Class Feed

  • All posts made by the teacher and students can be viewed here.
  • The teacher has the ability to turn commenting on/off for the entire class feed (rather than just an individual post).
  • Teachers can delete posts made by students, as well as add posts to a student's portfolio.

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Student Interaction with the Blog

  • Students can create their own posts and comment on other's posts (as long as the commenting ability has been left on by the teacher).
  • Students can delete their own posts and comments made on other posts.
  • Students can "lock" a post - meaning it will only be visible to the teacher, rather than the entire class.


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Private Communication

The Otus Blog tool can be used by students to privately message teachers and by teachers to respond to and privately message students.

A video showing this process is below:

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