#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!

Learn more about the Otus Mailbox here.

#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.

Learn more about the Class Board here.

#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.

Learn more about Recognition Points here.

#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.

Learn more about Thrively and the Learning Profile here.

#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.

To learn about Simple Assessments in Otus, click here.

#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!

Learn more about our Portfolios here.

#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.

To learn more about tracking Student Participation, click here.

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