Otus Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Two K-12 Categories

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Otus earns prestigious education industry recognition by being named as a finalist in two categories, Best K-12 Course or Learning Management System and Best Classroom Management System.

Chicago-based Otus becomes a 2016 CODiE Finalist for Best K-12 Course or Learning Management System and Best Classroom Management System.

Otus, the edtech company funded and Co-Founded by Chicago investor Andy Bluhm, today announced that the Otus Student Performance Platform was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in two categories: Best K-12 Course or Learning Management System and Best Classroom Management System. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. Otus was named as one of the 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories.

Winners will be announced during a virtual award ceremony on May 18. The top honor of best overall educational product will be presented at Education Industry Symposium, the nation’s leading education technology conference, in Denver July 26. The announcement will take place during a special celebration party and dinner.

Otus is solving a major problem that exists in today's schools: educators, students, and parents use too many systems to help achieve student growth and success.

Otus does not solve this problem simply by offering a single-sign on tool. Otus has recreated the most popular classroom management tools, embedded them into a robust LMS that is designed to meet the unique needs of K-12 schools, and paired it all with a powerful data warehouse that visualizes native Otus data and student assessment and engagement data from third party vendors.

“We have obviously been very excited about Otus for quite some time because we believe we are bringing something entirely new to the edtech space, an efficient way for for educators to connect data to instruction. Our recognition as a finalist in two different CODiE Award categories, especially on our first time going through the evaluation process, affirms to us that Otus is resonating with the education community,” said Andy Bluhm, Co-Founder of Otus.

“Every year the list of CODIE finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs. They’re opening doors for learners of all ages.” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN.

Details about each finalist are listed at http://www.siia.net/codie/Finalists

About SIIA
SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company.  This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.

About ETIN
ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.

About Otus 
The Otus Student Performance Platform, designed specifically for K-12 school systems by a team of passionate educators, allows teachers to connect student learning and engagement data to instruction. Currently being used in over 750 schools, Otus gives educators the tools necessary to implement high-impact initiatives which may include data-based decision making, differentiated instruction, flipped classrooms, and more. With Otus, educators can visualize data and leverage the instructional tools to make that data actionable without having to leave Otus.

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