Maybe we’re getting a little sentimental here at Chalkup. We’ve been chatting about what a supremely lovely year it’s been around these parts and decided that it's too much good stuff to not share.
In 2015 we connected with more people than ever before, grew our team, hit the road, and had a lot of fun.
We already shared our top blog posts of the year - a Google-Drive-heavy list of the edtech pieces you read the most in 2015. Now we’d like to share some of our personal favorite moments from 2015 before the clock strikes midnight on January 1.
We started the year with a beautiful redesign of the Chalkup platform (dubbed “Pacific” by the CU team). We introduced our powerful time management features, made the platform easier to navigate, and enhanced an instructor’s ability to share resources.
Travelin’ Across the USA
We hit the road this year! Team highlights included connecting with our users in Philly, New York, Boston, Charleston, and San Francisco for conferences like ISTE, NAIS, and ATLIS 2015. (Important sidebar: picking a favorite new city would be impossible, but the team will agree Charleston and Philly seriously delivered on the food front. Just saying.)
We plan to repeat our happy travels again this year. We’re pumped to connect with new users in new cities. If there’s an edtech conference or opportunity you think should be on our radar, tweet us at @Chalkupedu.
Live From the Classroom
We’ve gotta give it up for the teachers who feel more like members of the Chalkup team than users.
In 2015, Silvio DeCristofano accompanied us to ISTE to talk about his experience using Chalkup in the classroom. Nicole Nishimura told us about her bio students and Matt East chatted with us about 24/7 learning. Lindsay Sereika sat down to talk Chromebooks with us and Katie Henderson shared her perspective on preparing students for the 21st century.
These are cool stories. We’re so thankful to all who shared them with us.
We’ll definitely talk more in 2016.
Not to be outdone by January’s launch, we seriously upgraded our app for iOS in July. Students can now submit work via photo and our rubrics are even more tappable and lovely for iPad-toting teachers. Lots of good new stuff. Shout-out to the Chalkup developers who made it possible.
True story. We were really nervous about developing a new line of e-books. We were getting more and more information from our users about edtech best practices, school-wide edtech implementation, Google Drive usage, and what works for keeping students and teachers in touch outside of class. We had a ton of useful information we wanted other educators to have.
So we released 8 new e-books in 2015. Eight!
Thousands alone perused our Google content, and your feedback has been wonderful, informative, and necessary as we craft future resources. All that to say, we’ve got some cool e-books brewing for the new year. Can’t wait to share.
In October we asked our users to help us find computer science students looking for real world coding experience. The plan was to assemble the Chalkup Dev Squad - a 12-week program in which students learn from us here at Chalkup and work together to engineer our next great feature.
Well. Some happy news to share before we rocket into 2016: the squad is assembled and they’re fantastic. We’ll be introducing you to all our-star student coders in early January. And then we’ll make Chalkup even awesomer.
Good year, team. Good year.