Otus has unveiled a new design to its free LMS classroom app and web-based platform. The platform is now even easier to navigate, combining a cleaner, more colorful interface with real-time analytics and third-party integrations.
Originally launched for iPad in March 2014, Otus added a web-based platform in September 2014 so that teachers would have all the edtech tools they needed for the classroom in one place, regardless of which device they work on.
Otus' new and improved features include:
Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.
Real-Time Analytics: A comprehensive analytics dashboard integrates a wide range of performance indicators into one place, including content from select third-party apps like Khan Academy. Teachers can link data to Common Core State Standards or integrate their own custom standards to report on. Otus tracks a variety of data like attendance, participation, student blogs, assessments and grades. In addition, teachers can also create and track meaningful behaviors like grit, leadership and staying on task through Otus ‘Recognitions’. Because Otus logs all student activity in real-time, teachers can quickly gauge their impact on student growth and provide timely, constructive feedback.
Toolbox: Otus functions as an open, interoperable educational ecosystem allowing teachers to integrate and quickly access the third party apps and content that they use everyday in their classroom. Any Otus user can access free third-party apps or content. If third-party apps and content require a subscription, the subscriber must simply link their account to Otus and they will never have to sign-in to access it again.
Colorful Work Environments: Now teachers and students can choose from a variety of theme and background color options to create a more personalized, vibrant work environment.
Additional features will roll out this summer, including many more third-party app and edtech program integrations, and a portal to streamline calendars and communication with parents. The Otus iPad app is available via the Apple App Store, with separate version for Teachers and Students. A web version is also available for Chromebook or any web-enabled device. The Otus LMS is free for teachers and students, with no ads, in-app purchases or add-ons.
Source: Otus, otusplus.com