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Chalk.com Offers Private Professional Learning Platform for Educators
Vetica has launched
Chalk.com, a new online community platform
for educators. The announcement was made at the SXSWedu conference taking place
this week in Austin, TX.
According to the company, Chalk.com is a private online collaborative
environment. Schools and districts can use it to create private online
communities for their teachers to communicate, collaborate and share resources.
Key features of Chalk.com include:
- Ability to connect online with colleagues and school staff;
- Tools for sharing lesson plans and teaching resources;
- Notifications of school events;
- Pacing guides for administrators to track curriculum progress;
- Support for lesson plan templates; and
- Statistics about teacher usage.
Chalk.com is integrated with Vetica's first product,
Planboard, an online
lesson planning tool for teachers. According to information from the company,
using Planboard and Chalk.com together "enables teachers to share and
collaborate on lesson plans with each other." Teachers can upload their lesson
plans to share with colleagues, and they can provide feedback on each other's
Administrators can use Planboard and Chalk.com "to track curriculum progress,
provide lesson plan templates and get statistics about teacher usage," according
to information on the company's site.
The company also plans to release a grading and assessment app, called
Markboard, which will
integrate with Planboard and Chalk.com and enable teachers to share student
grades with the students and their parents.
Further information about Chalk.com is available on
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.