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Excerpt about Otus:

It’s not often that teachers come across a technology tool that delivers as much as Otus, much less a free one. With many opportunities to manage grades, class content, and student data, the site can feel overwhelming at first; however, with some up-front investment, teachers will find it a valuable resource for managing instruction and pulling in valuable data points from third-party resources such as Khan Academy, PARCC, NWEA, and more. Use Otus to create and grade standards-based assessments, to get feedback from and about students, including video responses, document uploads, and quick polls, and to access detailed reports to disaggregate data and create more individualized assessments and targeted skill practice. Host topic discussions and cultivate writing skills via a class blog. Draw from the item bank to address specific skills, and then automatically assign an assessment to a group of students you’ve identified.


Just being online does not assure that all members of a class will have their voice in class discussions. What can we do to make our online spaces safe? Readmore at

Read  New Limits on Overtime. Labor Department answers questions about who gets overtime and who doesn’t, with online instructors, among others, now no longer eligible at If you have used it, could you post a comment?

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Just because we use online education we may not always include all 21st-century possibilities of training our learners and preparing them for careers. Find here some ideas on how to include gamification at

What’s new in the field? Read about a state review at