Setting up Your Semester
When you create your account for Chalk.com, you will be prompted to set up your semester. This set-up is essential for being able to use both Planboard and Markboard. Setting up your semester involves a few things: picking your start and end dates, creating a name for your semester and adding subjects and sections. The semester acts holds all of your students, subjects, and content for your Chalk school year.
After these steps have been completed, you will be able to move onto step 3, which is Navigating Markboard.
After logging in for the first time, you will be automatically directed to the Semester set-up page. The first thing you'll want to do on this page is name your semester. Since I have one long school year, I will be calling mine "2017-2018 School Year".
Next, you'll want to pick your start and end dates. You can do this by clicking in the start and end date areas of the box. I will have the same students and timetable the entire school year so I entered the first and last day of school.
Note: You can edit your end date at any time, but your start date cannot change without the help of Chalk Support. See this article for more information on editing your semester.
Select the "teaching days" of your semester. This will be the days that your school has in their "Rotation". In most cases this is Monday to Friday, but differs from place to place!
When you're done, select the Save and Create your First Subject button to move to the next step!
Setting up Your Subjects
Setting up your subjects is essential so that you know which classes you are grading and creating assessments for in Markboard. This article will cover the basics of setting up your subjects in Chalk so that you can get right down to marking.
Here is a quick breakdown of the difference between subjects, sections, and non-teaching blocks when it comes to scheduling in Chalk:
- Subjects are the relatively straight forward. You might teach Grade 11 English, Grade 10 English and Grade 12 World History all in the same semester. These would get their own subject, making them easy to distinguish between for assessments, grading, and observations.
- Sections are when you teach the same Subject to the same Grade but different groups of students. For example, you might teach Grade 11 English to two different sets of students at two different times. They have the same Curriculum Sets or Standards attached. Therefore you would have 1 Subject of Grade 11 English, but two sections within it. For more information on how to add sections, please visit this article.
- A Non-Teaching Block is a period of time that you'd like to have in your schedule or timetable, but doesn't require any lesson planning. This could be Lunch, Recess or maybe Study Hall. For more information on adding non-teaching blocks, click here.
Select the plus icon on the right hand side.
Select the Subject option in the drop down menu that appears.
Click where it says New Subject to edit your Subject block.
Name your subject in the Subject Name box.
Select the colour you would like to assign the subject. This is optional if you want to keep the randomly selected colour that it originally has.
Note: You can select more > for more colour options.
And you're done! Once you have set up your semester and subjects, you can proceed onto Lesson 3: Navigating Markboard.