Otus offers a variety of features that help ensure that the connection between home and school is strong
#1: Text and Email Students and/or Families
A great way to remind students and families about important classroom events, field trips, or even less-important, but fun, news is by sending a one-way text message through Otus.
All messages will be sent from an Otus phone number, not your own. It is important to remember that these messages are only one-way, so students and families will not blow up your phone with responses!
If you choose to send emails through Otus, responses to your e-mail will be sent directly to your email inbox, not Otus!
#2: Post an Announcement on the Class Board
The Class Board is accessible by anyone who uses Otus: teachers, students, families, and school leaders. Teachers are able to post pictures, announcements, videos, and more to the Class Board.
#3: Communicate Positive and/or Not-so-Positive Behaviors
The Recognition Points tool in Otus is similar to ClassDojo in that teachers can give students points for specific behaviors. This feature is also available on the Otus mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
#4: Share Student Strengths and Interests
Every student loves a teacher who can create a personal connection with him or her. When students complete the Thrively Self-Assessment, the student, along with his or her teacher and family can view the student's Learning Profile in Otus, a brief narrative about how the child is unique and talented. It's a great way to show families that you know each student.
#5: Share Student Progress on Formative or Summative Assessments
Instead of having students complete a quick assessment on one platform, grading it, and entering grades in PowerSchool, use Otus Simple Assessments to quickly create exit tickets and other quick assessments so that students can complete the assessments in Otus, have Otus grade them, and then display those assessments to families when they log into Otus.
#6: Share a True Learning Portfolio for Each Student
Students and teachers can easily add student blog posts, assessments, photos, videos, and more to a student portfolio that can be viewed by students, families, teachers, and school leaders. It is a great way to show student growth over time!
#7: Share Student Participation with Families
Teachers can document when students participate in class (raising their hand or being called on) and automatically share that information with families. This is a great way to understand how students are engaging within your class.