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Site of the Day: Hot Chalk!

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After listening to the School Board Meeting a couple of weeks ago in regards to the property tax increase, I notice that there were little or no solutions, just criticisms. I have my opinion, but my mom told me if I don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything. Throwing money at a problem doesn't solve it either. So I will point out some ideas in this blog that MPS, Parents,Teachers and students could use or modify for their own use to help our education system.

This solution to help teachers and students is my site of the day. I found about this site over at Springwise. The site is called Hot Chalk.

From Springwise Article:

The HotChalk Learning Environment does exactly that, using the convenience and versatility of an online community to complement the classroom experience for grades K-12.

Teachers can create websites for their classes and can log on to manage lesson plans and grades, post assignments and announcements for students, including attachments and even video clips. They can also collaborate with other teachers and take advantage of continuing education opportunities, available through a partnership with McGraw-Hill. Students can receive and submit homework, view handouts and reference materials, access grades and, of course, pose questions and comments as needed. And parents can keep a watchful eye on their children's progress and stay in touch with teachers. HotChalk is free of charge, so schools and parents can take advantage of all of its features without breaking the bank.

Funded in part by corporate sponsorships, the site does accept money from advertisers, but it does so very selectively, using the HotChalk Community Standards Engine. The company doesn't accept any ads they deem inappropriate. Moreover, ads are never displayed during the school day or to children younger than age 13. One of the fastest growing internet properties in the US, HotChalk may well be a model worth adapting to other regions or professions.

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