Technology is changing the way that students learn. For the past 3 years, I have used Edmodo to engage students. They have written book reviews, taken quizzes, answered thoughtful questions about assignments, and submitted assignments to me. I love Edmodo, but the limitations that are present cause problems at times. There are too many steps involved in uploading assignments and it does not play well with all other programs.
I recently attended the ISTE conference in Atlanta. I learned about a new platform called OTIS. OTIS appears to have several features that are lacking in Edmodo. The split screen feature would allow students to read an article and take notes. Personally, I have juggled two computers when attending webinars – taking notes on one and listening watching on the other. While, as an adult, I can do this, many students would have to use paper for their notes. OTIS also seems to work really well with the iPad.
My school is getting 1:1 iPads in a couple of weeks and I look forward to trying out OTIS and perhaps piloting it for my district. Check out their website for more information. http://otusplus.com/
Whoooo will you use for technology integration?