FC: by Amy Tyler
1: History Hot Chalk was established in 2004 by Edwards Fields. Mr. Fields wanted to create a free professional community for educators that allowed teachers to easily manage the daily tasks of classroom teaching, as well as provide digital resources, lesson plans, and a platform for communicating and collaborating with other professionals in the educational field.
2: Intended Audience K-12 Educators Library Media Specialists Curriculum Managers School Districts Parents Students
3: Key Features for Educators Lesson Plan Library Video Library Class Management Grade Book Create quizzes, tests, & class assignments Global communication & collaboration Professional Development Opportunities Latest Educational News Communication with students and parents
4: Key Features for Students Communicate with classmates & teacher Monitor grades Keep track of assignments and upcoming events Collect & turn in assignments | Key Features for Parents View child's grades online Email alerts of upcoming assignments and tests Communicate with teacher
5: Strengths Fosters student collaboration & responsibility for individual learning Provides an abundance of quality educational resources through partnerships with digital education provides like National Geographic and PBS. Videos, e-books, audio files, podcasts & more can be easily located and linked to student lessons & activities Builds a strong home-school connection Effective lesson planning, grade keeping, and classroom management in one place to maximize time and efficiency. Curriculum mapping feature
6: Usability Web design is easy to navigate Simple organization: My Classes: manage class activity My Library: find resources My Desk: communicate & collaborate Embedded search component to quickly locate applicable resources Tutorial videos to guide users through key features and applications
7: Technical Support Help Link provides: PDF user guides for My Classes and My Library features FAQ's link Email Support
8: K-12 Integration 1. Hot Chalk could be used by teachers to enrich and expand their daily lessons by allowing students with home internet access to view relevant media resources and hold rich online discussions about topics they are studying in class. 2. Hot Chalk could also be used collaborative between the classroom teacher and the technology teacher. The teacher could set up a working class site that students could access during their computer special to discuss posted questions, view additional media resources, or work on collaborative group projects that support the classroom instruction.
9: Areas of Improvement ~- Some of the links in the lesson plans direct you to a website that requires further searching on teacher's part to find the information that matches the topic, rather than linking directly with the relevant information. - There is a link to a Hot Chalk ELL site, however it requires an additional user name & password, but no information how to set up an account for this.
10: Useful Information -This site has a variety of blogs that cover many topics that teachers can read and discuss. - The site also provides lesson plans that correlate with current events. _-There is a link that is devoted entirely to science fair projects and ideas.
11: -There is also a link to a math worksheet generator that allows teachers to easily create math practice for specific skills. - Under the special features sidebar there are links for field trips and back to school ideas. -There are also links to professional resources like Teacher Magazine and current articles in education. This is just a small sample of the wealth of resources beyond classroom materials that this platform provides.