eChalk was an early pioneer in education technology. The company was founded in 1999 to respond to emerging needs for school websites, student-safe email and classroom communication tools. Since then, they have continued to expand their product capabilities, and currently have one million users in more than 2,000 schools across 37 states. Two years ago, they decided to do something dramatic: retire their legacy product and build a new platform from scratch. “We realized that to meet emerging needs, we had to start over. The new system is built using cutting-edge technology infrastructure and modern best practices for user interface, design and functionality. It’s a flexible, modern platform that we will be able to continue to build on and adapt as technology and classroom practices change,” explains Milne.
An LMS should improve teaching and learning and enable classroom practices that aren’t possible without it
eChalk lets teachers create and manage assignments, deliver online lessons, and manage and curate content for their classes. In eChalk Learn!, teachers can create step-by-step online lessons that combine video, documents, text, images and simple assignments or assessments. They can also create lesson plans that can be shared with co-teachers. The LMS also includes:
• Class and section management tools
• Assignment management tools
• Online discussion tools
• Class news feeds and calendars
• A class resource library
• Personal calendars and tools
With eChalk, you get an LMS, a website and content management platform, and group communication and management tools all in one place. Sammons explains, “In the K-12 environment, school is much more than a collection of individual classes. Teams, clubs, the School Board, the PTA, academic departments and professional learning communities are also important parts of the school ecosystem. We pull everything together in an easy, mobile-friendly application that includes everything you need, all in one place!”.