Do you want to share an image or video with your students, and maybe even families?

There are various ways you can accomplish this; see the table below. Each option has a section in this article containing more details and links for additional information.

Image Requirements:

  • Acceptable file types: png, jpeg, jpg, and gif.
  • There is no resolution limit
  • The max file size is 30mb*

Video Requirements:

  • Acceptable file types: mp4, mov, webm
  • Max length (when using in-app recorder): 5 minutes*
  • Max file size (when uploading from device): 30mb*

*Advanced Assessments have different size/length criteria than what is mentioned above. Continue reading for more details.


Class Board

When is this the best option?

  • If the image/video is to be used as part of a class announcement.

Details

  • Multiple images/videos can be added to a single post.
  • The maximum file size is 30mb for both images and videos. The max length for a video taken live in Otus is 5 minutes.
  • Both students and parents will be able to see the image/video.
  • You can enable or disable student commenting on the post.
  • You can schedule the post to be released at a later date.
  • Students and parents are sent a notification when a class board post is made.
  • You can pin a class board post to the top of the page.


Lesson

When is this the best option?

  • If the image/video is to be used as part of a learning activity.

Details

  • You can ask a question about the image/video using a Question Activity.
  • The maximum file size is 30mb for both images and videos. The max length for a video taken live in Otus is 5 minutes.
  • You can schedule lessons to be released at a later date.
  • Students and parents are sent a notification when a lesson is assigned.


Blog

When is this the best option?

  • If the image/video is to be used as a conversation with students.

Details

  • Multiple images/videos can be added to a single blog post.
  • The maximum file size is 30mb for both images and videos. The max length for a video taken live in Otus is 5 minutes.
  • Both students and parents will be able to see the image/video.
  • You can enable or disable student commenting on the post.
  • You can schedule the post to be released at a later date.
  • Students and parents are sent a notification when a blog post is made.

Bookshelf

When is this the best option?

  • If the image/video could be used as a resource or reference item that you'd like to add to the student's personal library for future use.

Details

  • You can share resources on the bookshelf with individual students, groups of students, or entire classes.
  • The maximum file size is 30mb for both images and videos. The max length for a video taken live in Otus is 5 minutes.
  • It is a great way to provide resources without needing to include them in a lesson or assessment.
  • You can also use this method to give students individualized feedback unrelated to an assessment.
  • Both the student and family will have access to the image/video.


Rubric, Simple, or Advanced Assessment

When is this the best option?

  • If the image/video is to be used as part of an assessment.

Details

  • Rubric - image/video can be added as an attachment to any rubric assessment. Students will click on a link in the upper-left to view the image/video. The maximum file size is 30mb for both images and videos. The max length for a video taken live in Otus is 5 minutes.
  • Simple - image/video can be added to any question to display along with the question content. The maximum file size is 30mb for both images and videos. The max length for a video taken live in Otus is 5 minutes.
  • Advanced - image can be used to write/draw on or add boxes for responses. Video can be included in any question. The maximum file size is 100mb for both images and videos. The max length for a video taken live in Otus is 10 minutes.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team : if choosing to not use it for a grade, add that information to the instructions when you assign the assessment, so the student's are reassured.


Mailbox

When is this the best option?

  • if you want to send the image/video as part of an email message.

Details

  • Images can be added as attachments. The maximum file size is 30mb.
  • Videos can be added by using a link, such as from YouTube or Google Drive.
  • You can choose any combination of students and family members to send the message to.
  • Family members and students will be able to view the content in their email inbox.
  • Family members and students can reply back to your message; the reply will go directly to your email inbox.


Portfolio

When is this the best option?

  • If the image/video is intended to highlight noteworthy student content, achievements, or milestones.

Details

  • Both students and parents can access the information on the student portfolio.
  • The maximum file size is 30mb for both images and videos. The max length for a video taken live in Otus is 5 minutes.
  • Items here will travel with the student from year-to-year, unless they are removed.
  • Students and teachers can leave comments on items in the portfolio.

💡 Tips from the Otus Team: the portfolio is not organized by class, rather, it is specific to each student.


Attachment to the Student Profile

When is this the best option?

  • if the image/video is not something the students or parents need access to, but still needs to be associated with that student (for example, a list of IEP accommodations).

Details:

  • Images/videos added here can't be seen by the student or families.
  • The maximum file size is 30mb for both images and videos. The max length for a video taken live in Otus is 5 minutes.
  • Attachments here can be seen by any of the student's teachers.
  • Anything added here will stay with the student from year-to-year, unless it is removed.
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