🤔 Where is the best place to post a daily agenda?

🤔 How can I distribute individual copies of Google Docs to my students?

🤔 Where can I do a quick-check of student learning?

The answer to the above three questions (and more) can be found here! This article will outline when it is best to use Class Board, Lessons, or Assessments within Otus.

The general definitions of each are as follows:

➡️ Class Board: Each class its own Class Board, best compared to a "bulletin board", and can be accessed by both students and parents.

➡️ Lessons: A series of learning activities students progress through that are not attached to a grade; activities range from reading directions to watching videos.

➡️ Assessments: Simple, Rubric, and Advanced Assessments provide a means of assessing student learning using points and/or standards. Grades collected from these assessments are added to the gradebook and analytics.

The following sections of this article outline the best use cases for each of the above modules, in addition to comparing them to one another at the conclusion of the article.


When to Use What

The following table outlines which module is best to complete each task.


Class Board - Best Use Cases

Each class its own Class Board, best compared to a "bulletin board", and can be accessed by both students and parents. The Class Board is most useful for posting announcements, reminders, or agendas.

See below for examples of ways to use the Class Board:

Example 1️⃣ : Weekly Agenda

Post a weekly agenda that can be seen by the students and parents. You can pin this announcement to the top, so it is the first one they see each time. You can replace it with a new agenda the following week.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: You can add links to each of the daily activities as well, so it is easy for students to know exactly where to go for each day.

Example 2️⃣ : Field Trip Reminder

There may be some that have yet to turn in a permission slip for a field trip, or you may want to remind students and parents to bring a sack lunch.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: You can enable comments for questions students and parents may have.

Example 3️⃣ : Birthday Announcement

A great way to highlight birthdays in your classroom - an announcement dedicated to celebrate those turning another year older!

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: To stay ahead of the game, you can build your birthday posts ahead of time and choose the date they are posted to the Class Board.


Lessons - Best Use Cases

Lessons are a series of learning activities students progress through that are not attached to a grade; activities range from reading directions to watching videos.

See below for examples of ways to use Lessons:

Example 1️⃣ : Quick Comprehension Checks

You can ask Multiple Choice, True/False, or Short Answer questions as an activity in a lesson. These do not earn a grade in the gradebook, but give you a way to assess learning in a more informal setting.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: You can embed images, videos, and audio recordings directly to the question (the example shown above has an embedded image).

Example 2️⃣ : Set of Directions to Complete a Task

One of the activity types of a lesson is called a "Page", which is essentially document you can create, similar to a Word document. Students can read through the directions, click on any embedded links, and mark the activity complete when they are done.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: You can embed images, videos, and audio recordings directly to the question (the example shown above has an embedded image).

Example 3️⃣ : An Entire Elementary Day Schedule

In many cases, especially for elementary classrooms, you may want to post activities for the entire day, acting almost as a schedule for the students.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: You can upload any image to use as the "tile preview", which are the images displayed on the tile as you see above. These were made using a generic word processing program, then saved as images.


Assessments - Best Use Cases

Simple, Rubric, and Advanced Assessments provide a means of assessing student learning using points and/or standards. Grades collected from these assessments are added to the gradebook and analytics.

See below for examples of ways to use Assessments.

Example 1️⃣ : Simple Assessment

Simple Assessments are best for quick comprehension checks that are graded, or assessments that only contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions that do not require intricate scoring.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: You can include images, videos, and audio recordings in your questions as well.

Example 2️⃣ : Rubric Assessment

Rubric Assessments are best for essays/papers, submitting artifacts or documents (Google docs, video, images...), or performance-based grades.The example below show what a Rubric Assessment with a Google Doc attached looks like from a student's perspective.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: Rubrics can be used when student's don't actually need to submit work. For example, you can create a Rubric for a performance-based grade where there isn't any student upload needed.

Example 3️⃣ : Advanced Assessment

Advanced Assessments are best for replicating activities that can be found on worksheets, longer and more detailed assessments, assessments that need many different question types, or when you want a variety of ways to score questions in an assessment (partial credit, alternate answers...).

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: There are over 60 question types that can be used on Advanced Assessments. Check out the beginners guide to become more familiar with the structure before diving right in!


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