eChalk to Invest $5 Million in Next Generation of K-12 Course Management System

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Upgraded system will provide expanded course content sharing, distance learning tools, and resources for professional development in K-12 communities

eChalk's investment will support the development of the next generation CMS for K-12 communities.

As the K-12 community turns to online courses to supplement or add entirely new courses to their roster, they need a safe and secure system to deliver those courses to the student.

eChalk, the pioneer of safe and secure web-based learning platforms for K-12, announced today it will invest five million dollars of capital into the development of the next generation of K-12 specific Course Management System (CMS) and upgrade eChalk’s current Class Management System. Development began earlier this year with the release of Phase I scheduled for June of 2011. The next generation of eChalk’s Class and Course Management Systems will feature expanded capability designed to meet emerging trends in K-12 including the alignment to the new national core standards.

“eChalk’s current Class Management System is a wonderful system and can serve any K-12 class being taught in our schools. However, as the K-12 community turns to online courses to supplement or add entirely new courses to their roster, they need a safe and secure system to deliver those courses to the student. eChalk is excited to offer schools a system that will be affordable, safe, and secure. The new CMS will continue in the eChalk tradition of being fully integrated with our communication and collaboration suite,” says eChalk’s Founder and President, Torrance Robinson.

eChalk’s upgraded CMS will enable schools to import and export course content from and to other systems, integrate third party content (licensed or free), and access an expanded suite of application programming interfaces. In addition, schools will be able to participate in distance learning with tools such as video conferencing and online white boarding sharing. The upgraded CMS will provide the ability to share and search user-generated content and course materials within a school or district to promote collaborative learning and support Professional Learning Communities.

“Too often course management systems are cumbersome, underutilized or forced on K-12 schools from other verticals,” explained Charlene Noll, Vice President of Product Development at eChalk. “Not only are we upgrading our Class Management System but eChalk’s next generation of CMS will enable greater efficiency, productivity, and cost savings.”

About eChalk:
eChalk helps school leaders, teachers, students and parents safely use the web to connect to the people and information they need to make learning successful. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in New York City, eChalk hopes that by communicating and collaborating more effectively among all of their stakeholders, K-12 school communities can better support and reach teaching and learning goals. eChalk is an instructional support system that streamlines communication in one secure, integrated and scalable online environment for everyone in a given school, district, ESA or state. eChalk is available as a web-delivered software-as-a-service or as a locally-hosted enterprise solution. Whether schools communicate with a few or a few million, eChalk’s easy-to-use and customizable tools – including websites, email, intranets, lesson planners and Web 2.0 technologies – help engage students, address individual learning needs, cultivate 21st century skills and provide necessary support for staff development.

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