✏️ Author’s Note:
We love Google (and were actually once located in the Chicago “Google Building“)! To see all of the ways that Otus leverages Google and allows users to expand their use of Google Apps for Education, continue reading. Keep in mind that you can continue using Google Classroom with Otus!
Teachers who use Google Classroom enjoy its ease of use and the minimal setup that is required to begin using it. Additionally, since Google is prevalent in every area of our lives, it is very easy to stay within their ecosystem because it’s comfortable. As common as Google Classroom is in K-12 classrooms, it oftentimes must be supplemented by other tools, extensions, and plug-ins that may not provide the most efficient workflow for the way teachers work.
Additionally, K-12 families and school leaders can best support teachers and students when they have visibility into student learning and growth over time.
With that, we've created a resource to help with the transition from Google Classroom to Otus and the ways you can continue using them together.
In this article, you will find the following:
My District is Switching from Google Classroom to Otus; Now What? This section will describe how you, as a teacher, can get your grades and content from one to the other. While things may be done a bit differently in Otus than how they are done in Google Classroom, there are many similarities between the two. You can also continue using Google Classroom together with Otus.
The Top 5 Differences Between Otus and Google Classroom: We understand that transitioning from one system to the other can be a daunting process. In this section, we will outline some information that will make you feel better about the decision to switch to Otus!
My District Is Switching from Google Classroom to Otus. Now What?
This section will describe how you, as a teacher, can get your grades and content from one to the other. While things may be done a bit differently in Otus than how they are done in Google Classroom, there are many similarities between the two. You can also continue using Google Classroom together with Otus.
➡️ Grades and Content
Transfer Grades: Although grades can't be directly transferred from Google Classroom to Otus, a + (Plus) Assessment can be used to enter grades into the gradebook for assignments that were done outside of Otus, including the grades you have entered in Google Classroom. For more information on how to use + Assessments, click here.
➡️ Similarities Between Otus and Google Classroom
◼️ Class Tiles
Both Otus and Google Classroom display classes as a tile. With Otus, your students will likely already be in your classes and will stay in sync with your SIS (Student Information System).
You can drag and drop your class tiles in Otus just like in Google Classroom.
Clicking a class tile in Otus allows you to see more about that class, just like in Google Classroom.
📣 Posting Announcements
The Class Board in Otus can be used to share information with students, similar to Stream in Google Classroom. You can link to a Google Doc or Slide directly from your Class Board!
📝 Creating Assignments
The Lessons area in Otus allows you to create engaging lessons and assignments, similar to the Classwork section in Google Classroom. You can link to a Google Doc or Slide directly from your Lessons.
Use our Assessment tool to create unique copies of Slides or Docs for each student with a side-by-side rubric!
📄 Access to Google Drive
You can access your Google Drive directly from Otus, just like you can in Google Classroom.
💯 Review Student Submissions
View and grade student work in Otus, just like you can in Google Classroom.
The Top 5 Differences Between Otus and Google Classroom
We understand that transitioning from one system to the other can be a daunting process. In this section, we will outline some information that will make you feel better about the decision to switch to Otus.
Otus is able to integrate with many of the systems that your school district already uses. Whether you are looking to keep your classes in sync with your student information system, have grades seamlessly flow from your SIS (Infinite Campus, PowerSchool, and Skyward), import data from third-party assessments (i.e. SBAC, NWEA, Renaissance, iReady, etc.) or incorporate LTI resources from your district curriculum, Otus allows teachers to have all of their tools in one place.
Points and Standards Gradebooks for Students, Teachers, School Leaders, and Families
Not every school uses a single grading scale for all grades. More and more K-12 school districts are implementing initiatives like standards-based grading. With Otus, school districts can create unique grading scales for each grade, share point or standards gradebooks with students, administrators, teachers, and families, and ensure that student performance is reported in ways that are consistent with today’s instructional initiatives.
Classroom Management Tools
Otus is much more than a learning management system. Otus allows educators to text students and families, maintain communication logs, track student recognition points for behaviors, take attendance, understand student strengths and passions, and streamline the ways in which teachers manage every facet of their day.
Engaging Assessments Aligned to Standards
While multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions are great for certain learning situations, today’s educators want to provide students with more authentic measures of learning. Otus offers a wide variety of K-12 assessment options for teachers including an assessment item bank that is pre-aligned to state learning standards.
In order for teachers to be able to leverage student data that typically exists in disconnected tools, it is critical that the data is accessible and actionable by teachers. Otus provides educators with access to high-stakes assessment data, benchmark data, common assessment data, and data that has been gathered using all of the other tools that exist within Otus. Now data can truly be used to inform instruction.
Google is changing the ways teachers work. Be sure to learn how Otus leverages all of the things you love about Google to help streamline your workflows.