Touro Student FAQ Sheet.
What is Chalk & Wire?
Chalk & Wire is a secure online system for creation and assessment of creative electronic portfolios using a wide variety of media. Chalk & Wire is fully integrated with Blackboard, and you will use Chalk & Wire to complete key assignments, build both and your program ePortfolio,your edTPA portfolio, keep track of teaching hours, and much, much more.
How much will Chalk & Wire cost?
All GSE matriculated students will be charged a one-time Chalk & Wire fee of $100. Beginning Fall 2017, this fee will be applied to ALL registering matriculated students who have not been charged this fee before. This fee will give you 5 years access to the Chalk & Wire ePortfolio and assessment system. After 5 years you will not be able to upload additional files, but you can still access your account and historic artifacts.
What are the benefits of Chalk & Wire?
You can make unlimited ePortfolios, for career and other purposes, and share them with anyone in the world, including family and friends, using email or social media. Touro GSE faculty will be able to provide rich feedback on your key assignments by text and voice. Storage is unlimited, secure and private, and your documents and media can be accessed from ANY device, since video and audio are compressed into streaming media.
Why is Chalk & Wire required?
Chalk & Wire will be used to assess key assignments that show your development as a teacher candidate. The New York State Department of Education requires all accredited education programs to keep records of individual student performance and progress, based on National and State standards. The Chalk & Wire ePortfolio assessments will document your performance on key assignments aligned with these standards.
How does Chalk and Wire work?
Chalk and Wire is connected to Blackboard. When a key assignment in a course is completed, you will upload this assignment through Blackboard. The instructor will evaluate your assignment using a rubric, and you will receive a link to view the assessment and commentary. Grades are pushed directly back to Blackboard. All key assignments will be submitted and assessed through Chalk and Wire via Blackboard. At the end of your program you will have a complete ePortfolio of key assignments that document your professional growth.
How will I learn to use Chalk & Wire?
Touro GSE faculty will provide training before your first key assignment is due. There is also a Quickstart Guide for Touro GSE Students (pending), as well as more detailed instructions and webinars on the Chalk & Wire website.
How do I log into Chalk & Wire?
During Fall 2017 you will be able to access Chalk & Wire directly, in order to use the ePortfolio and edTPA portfolio features. Some students in teaching practicum courses and internship courses will also access Chalk & Wire directly through Blackboard. Beginning Spring 2018 new accounts will automatically be activated the first time students start working on a key assignment in Blackboard. Key assignments MUST be accessed through Blackboard so grades can be pushed back to Blackboard.
What if I need help with Chalk & Wire?
Chalk & Wire has extensive User Guides for students that can be accessed through the Chalk & Wire Dashboard. You may also contact the TouroOne Helpdesk by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 646-565-6552. In addition Chalk & Wire support staff are available 7 days a week (8 am - 8 pm EST weekdays, 9 am - 9 pm EST weekends).
Updated October 01, 2017.