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Standards-Based Grading: 3 Keys to Easing Teacher Resistance

Standards-Based Grading: 3 Keys to Easing Teacher Resistance

Let’s face it, change is hard. Especially when you’ve been doing something for so long that it has become part of your identity. The desire to change occurs often. Knowing what steps to take in order to do things in new ways is not always clear. For educators, this change is standards-based grading. We had […]

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Standards Based Learning: 5 Essential Terms for Teachers

Standards Based Learning: 5 Essential Terms for Teachers

While there are many factors that determine the success of a standards-based learning initiative, reporting the mastery of standards is one of the most essential aspects for teachers to understand. Due to the fact that students are assessed and re-assessed during the grading period for each learning target, determining the calculation method is crucial for […]

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What is Agile development and why should K-12 care?

What is Agile development and why should K-12 care?

Agile development is an approach to software development that emphasizes collaboration, flexibility, and continual improvement. You might not realize it, but agile development is something you experience in education all of the time. Whenever you receive a software update — whether it’s on an edtech tool or on your cell phone — you’re seeing agile […]

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The Journey Towards Meaningful K-12 Analytics on Student Performance

The Journey Towards Meaningful K-12 Analytics on Student Performance

Beginning in a few weeks and through the end of the school year, you will begin to see new features in Otus that will lead us to a brand new offering for our clients: interactive historical analytics. This new module will allow Otus to further support instructional initiatives such as RTI/MTSS, data-informed instruction, and differentiation. […]

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3 Questions to Ask When Picking an EdTech Platform

3 Questions to Ask When Picking an EdTech Platform

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of choices educators face when selecting software, apps, or platforms to support a teaching and learning initiative. Vetting these options is a daunting task and many times we don’t even know where to start. Some of us depend on reviews from local colleagues while others refer to […]

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