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App of the Week: an LMS that keeps the conversation going

By Stephen Noonoo
November 9th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.chalkup-app

What’s It Like? Chalkup is a learning management system (LMS) focused on two things: (1) providing seamless transition from school to home to bus/car rides to extra-curricular events; (2) fostering discussion and collaboration. It’s also designed to be user-friendly, with a well-designed interface and feature set tuned to what teachers and students really need, and leaving out those they don’t.

Rating: 4/5

Price: Free/paid

Grades: 6-12

Pros: Courses organized well to foster collaboration and student engagement.

Cons: Hands-on, experiment-based, and/or math courses may find difficulty transitioning, but could benefit greatly.

Bottom line: The rare LMS designed for ease of use, and it doesn’t sacrifice functionality with tons of opportunities to maximize learning, collaboration, and organization.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.