Chalk & Wire FAQ

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 key assignments from your Touro GSE courses will be directly pushed to Chalk & Wire for assessment by Touro faculty. You will also use Chalk & Wire to build your edTPA portfolio, keep track of teaching hours, and much, much more.


How much will Chalk & Wire cost?

Beginning in June 2017 all students registering for Fall classes at Touro GSE will be assessed a one-time fee of $100 for 5 years access to the Chalk & Wire e-portfolio and assessment system. After 5 years your files will be archived, but you can still access them.


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 Students (pending), as well as more detailed instructions on the Chalk & Wire website.


How do I log into Chalk & Wire?

You will access Chalk & Wire directly through Blackboard. Your account will automatically be activated the first time you start working on a key assessment in Blackboard. You will also be able to log in directly to the Chalk & Wire website once your account is activated. Key assignments however MUST be accessed through Blackboard so grades can be pushed back to Blackboard.


What if I need help with Chalk & Wire?

Chalk & Wire support staff are available 7 days a week (8 am - 8 pm EST weekdays, 9 am - 9 pm EST weekends). You may also contact the TouroOne Helpdesk.


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