CREATING A NEW CLASS


Excellent Help Tools from eChalk to get you started in making your classes



Google Doc prepared by one of our elementary teachers: How to set up class page



Google Doc prepared by one of our secondary libraians: How to set up class page




My Own "Cheat Sheet"


  • When you log in to the new echalk, you will be brought to your Dashboard where you will now see “tiles” or boxes for all the groups that you are a member of (Uniondale District, Lawrence Road, etc.).
  • Click the green plus sign next to the LR tile.
  • Click Create New Class. (The Class is for you to set up and store content and info. It's sort of the building block for any classes you wish to make public.)
  • Set the class name and select the subject area. (Include your last name in your class name.) *We are suggesting the following format for uniformity: Subject Grade Last Name. Example for secondary: Global Studies 10R Jones. Example for elementary: 4th Grade Jones or Fourth Grade Jones.)
  • You must name one section (ex. Period 2). Eventually you will want sections for each of your classes so that you can add your students and take advantage of all the features of eChalk. (Sections are what will be published for others to see.)
  • Set the end date for the current school year.
  • Click Create.



Now, your new class opens up.
You are looking at the your Intranet, or Private elements, viewable only by you as a logged in user. The areas you can edit or populate with info are listed as a column of buttons at the left:**



  • Feed--where you set up class announcements
  • Calendar--where you will post class events (homework, tests, projects)
  • Resources--where you can upload files, images, etc. you may want to share on any of your class pages
  • Learn--the new lesson plan area
  • Gradebook--new
  • Members
  • Settings




To edit info that students/parents will see (public info):
*Note: you only have to set up this layout once. Set it, and forget it :)

  • Instead of clicking the "intranet" links on the left...
  • Click the blue Manage Public Pages button in the upper right corner.
  • Click the green plus sign in the upper right corner to Create New Page.
  • Name this page. ex) Math 8 Home
  • Click Create.
  • Choose the blue Edit button (upper left).
  • Select Row Configuration. Keep it simple! To match the style of the old eChalk class pages, select the row that has two 50% boxes. Add another row in the same configuration.

  • You can "add content" to these fields with the information that you feel will be most useful to your class visitors. Examples:
  • Event Block (after you enter homework, tests, etc. in your class calendar, you can choose this feed to automatically display in one of your class page boxes.) Name it "Class Calendar" or something like that. After you add homework, test dates, etc. using the Calendar link in your intranet area, those items will automatically appear in this calendar.
  • Link List (important websites related to your class or curriculum).
  • Image, News Feed, or Video Feed
  • Text (Welcome Message, Room #, email address, late day, Announcements, etc.)

  • Once finished, click Publish. Click the website link to actually see what your page now looks like out there on the Internet.
  • Go back to your Pages, and click in the small box to the left of this new "Home" page you just set up.
  • Then make this page your “Landing Page.” You can add sections later.



When you click the Home icon in the upper right, you'll see all the groups you are a part of, including the class you just made.
We already used the "Manage Public Pages" button in blue, but there are other navigation links at the left.
  • Feed--updates, announcements, and other info you can add you your page. *If you selected "Feed" to appear in one of those 50% boxes on your homepage, whatever you type here will automatically populate there.
  • Calendar--where your class events, including homework, will be posted. Since you added an "Events" block to your class page, every time you add a calendar event here in your intranet, it will also automatically populate on your public page's calendar.
  • Resources--documents, images, etc. that you may want to share with your classes. This is like a file cabinet for you. Upload any images, pdfs, or documents that you think you may want to add to your class pages in the future.
  • Learn--this is the new lesson plan module. It will allow us to use eChalk as a teaching tool (much like Google Classroom). At the moment, we will be attaching lesson plans using the Insert files button.
  • Gradebook--new
  • Members--here is where you can find the "join code" to share with students in a particular class section
  • Class Info.


Lessons and Units (and everything listed in the bullets directly above) are added in the “private” side of eChalk (as opposed to the public side you just used to create your public class page).


Sample Class Page in “Brochure Theme”
http://help.echalk.com/002Teachers/Help_And_References/Configuring_Your_Class/Building_Public_Classes_Pages/Sample_Pages/Brochure_Theme%3A_Sample_Public_Class_Page

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