Chalk Gold Guide

Chapter 2: Lesson Planner Features

Chalk Gold is an optional premium offering for Planboard that enables you to have advanced functionalities such as custom colours, Google Classroom integration, lesson search, and more. You'll also receive one-on-one concierge support and help contribute to the development of Planboard.

This learning guide will help familiarize you with the features of the Chalk Gold subscription. While this guide will answer many common questions, please reach out to us for specific questions at support@chalk.com or through our in-app Live Chat service (available Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm EST).

The following chapter of our learning guide will go over how to:

  • Export your schedule to Google Calendar
  • Share public links to your lessons to anyone, even through Google Classroom
  • Search for lessons you've created in Chalk
  • Restore or recover lessons to a previous state
  • Create custom colour options for your subjects in Chalk

How do I export my schedule to Google Calendar?

This is a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers and teachers whose schools are subscribed to the Instruction Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article will show you how to export your timetable in Planboard to an existing Google Calendar. You'll be able to see your scheduled classes alongside your personal daily calendars, and have quick access to your scheduled lessons.

Note: Changes made to the schedule of your exported calendar from Google Calendar will not be reflected in Planboard. You will need to update your Timetable from Planboard to reschedule the classes in your lesson planner.

Step 1:

Open the Planboard menu at the top of the window, then click Timetable.

Step 2:

Click the Export button in the top-right corner of the page, then click Google Calendar.

Note: You can export your calendar for other semesters by selecting them from the drop-down menu in the top-left corner, then clicking Export Calendar. You can only have one semester's calendar exported at a time, and will be prompted to unlink the previous calendars before proceeding.

Step 3:

Sign into your Google account, and click Allow to grant Chalk permission to access your Calendar.

Step 4:

Click Export to begin the export process.

The export process may take upwards of several minutes, but you will receive a notification in the top-right corner when it has completed.

Step 5:

The exported schedule will appear on your list of calendars in Google Calendar, with the title of your semester followed by (Planboard), as shown below:

You can update the name and colour of your calendar from within Google Calendar, but any scheduling changes will not be reflected in Planboard.

Step 6:

You can click on the events on the calendar to view a link to your lesson. Clicking these links will take you to the editable lesson in Planboard's Week View, and allow you to quickly view your planned content for your classes!

Step 7:

Once your schedule is linked with Google Calendar, any changes made to the Timetable or any custom daily schedules in Planboard will automatically be sent to Google Calendar.

The syncing process takes some time, so don't be alarmed if your updated timetable doesn't immediately appear in Google Calendar.

How do I share my day's lessons with non-Chalk users?

This is a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers and teachers whose schools are subscribed to the Instruction Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article will show you how to generate a public link of your Day View that you can share with non-Chalk users. Anyone with the public link will be able to see all lessons for classes with enabled visibility for the chosen day, as well as any saved changes made to the original lessons. Sticky notes are not visible to people who access the public link.

Looking to share all lessons for your semester? Please read this support article.

Note: Please be mindful not to include information in your lesson plans that you don't want others to access.

Step 1:

From the Day View in Planboard, click the Share button next to the date, then click Public Link.

Step 2:

On the Public Link tab, you will see a generated link that you can copy and share with anyone you choose. Click Copy to save it to your device's clipboard.

You can click on the drop-down menu under "Show" to select which classes will be visible from this public link. You can also disable access to the link by clicking the green button above the link.

Please note that these settings only apply to the particular day you are sharing, and you cannot produce multiple links for the same day.

Step 3:

When people navigate to this link in their browsers, they will be able to see your shared day's lessons, including attachments, embedded videos and assigned standards.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile devices.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile devices.

How do I share my week's lessons with non-Chalk users?

This is a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers and teachers whose schools are subscribed to the Instruction Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article will show you how to generate a public link of your Week View that you can share with non-Chalk users. Anyone with the public link will be able to see all lessons for classes with enabled visibility for the chosen week, as well as any saved changes made to the original lessons. Sticky notes are not visible to people who access the public link.

Looking to share all lessons for your semester? Please read this support article.

Note: Please be mindful not to include information in your lesson plans that you don't want others to access.

Step 1:

From the Week View in Planboard, click the Share button next to the date, then click Public Link.

Step 2:

On the Public Link tab, you will see a generated link that you can copy and share with anyone you choose. Click Copy to save it to your device's clipboard.

You can click on the drop-down menu under "Show" to select which classes will be visible from this public link. You can also disable access to the link by clicking the green button above the link.

Please note that these settings only apply to the particular week you are sharing, and you cannot produce multiple links for the same week.

Step 3:

When people navigate to this link in their browsers, they will be able to see your shared week's lessons, including attachments, embedded videos and assigned standards.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile devices.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile devices.

How do I share my lesson plans to Google Classroom?

This is a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers and teachers whose schools are subscribed to the Instruction Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article will show you how to share lessons from Planboard to your existing Google Classroom. The lessons will be added as a public link, and any saved changes made to the original lessons will be viewable by the students in your Google Classroom.

Please complete your Google Classroom setup before attempting to share lessons through Planboard.

Note: You can share either single lessons, a day's worth of lessons, or a week's worth of lessons for all subjects to Google Classroom. If sharing a day or week's worth of lessons, you can select which subjects are visible by editing the Public Link settings for each given day or week. Please be mindful not to include information in your lesson plans that you don't want others to access.

Step 1:

The first step to sharing to Google Classroom depends on how many lessons you wish to share.

To share a single lesson: Navigate to the lesson you wish to share to Google Classroom from any view in Planboard. Open the lesson and click the Options drop-down menu in the lesson editor, then click on Classroom.

To share a full day of lessons: Navigate to the day you wish to share to Google Classroom from the Day View in Planboard. Click the Share button next to the date, then click on Google Classroom. For more information on how to edit which subjects are visible in your Public Link, read this support article.

To share a full week of lessons: Navigate to the week you wish to share to Google Classroom from the Week View in Planboard. Click the Share button next to the date, then click on Google Classroom. For more information on how to edit which subjects are visible in your Public Link, read this support article.

Step 2:

Select which type of post to make on Google Classroom from the drop-down menu and add any additional information, such as the title or instructions for your post. Click Share to move on to the next step.

Note: Don't worry, you will still be able to review and edit this information before it posts to your Google Classroom.

Step 3:

In the pop-up window, log in to your Google Account with your credentials. If you have browser cookies enabled, you will not need to log in each time you share a lesson to Google Classroom.

Click Next to continue.

Step 4:

Select the class you would like to share your lesson to from the Choose Class drop-down menu.

Step 5:

Here you can edit the details of your Google Classroom post, such as the title and instructions, which students can see the post, or the due date and point total if you are posting your lesson as an assignment. Your lesson will be attached to the post under "Materials", and the information you entered in Step 2 will already be filled in for the appropriate fields.

When you have finished entering the information you want to send to your Google Classroom, click Post.

Optional: You can schedule your lesson to be posted at a particular time by clicking on the three dots in the top-right corner of the window, then clicking Schedule.

Select the date and time you would like your lesson to be made available to your students, then click Schedule to finish.

Step 6:

Your lesson has now been posted to your Google Classroom! Students can click on the attached link to view the lesson in their browsers. You can click the "View" button to open a browser tab to see your Google Classroom post.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile devices.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile devices.

How do I share my lesson plans to Schoology?

This is a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers and teachers whose schools are subscribed to the Instruction Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article will show you how to share lessons from Planboard to your existing Schoology courses. The lessons can be added as a public link, with any saved changes made to the original lessons viewable by the students in your Schoology course, or can be directly embedded in your course materials.

Please complete your Schoology setup before attempting to share lessons through Planboard.

Note: You can share either single lessons, a day's worth of lessons, or a week's worth of lessons for all subjects to Schoology. If sharing a day or week's worth of lessons, you can select which subjects are visible by editing the Public Link settings for each given day or week. Please be mindful not to include information in your lesson plans that you don't want others to access.

Step 1:

Navigate to the lesson you wish to share to Schoology from any view in Planboard. Open the lesson and click the Share button in the lesson editor, then click on the Schoology tab.

Step 2:

Click Sign in with Schoology and follow the instructions to access your account. You will not need to perform this step if your subjects are already linked to Schoology.

Step 3:

Select which Schoology course you want to share to, then use the drop-down menu to select whether you would like to share the lesson as a material or update for your students.

Step 4:

If you are uploading the lesson as an update, you can enter a title and message to be displayed with the lesson. The lesson will be added to the update as an attachment. Click Post Update when finished.

If you are uploading the lesson as a material, you can enter a title and then click Add to Materials. You will then need to select which folder to save your lesson to. Click Add It Here when finished.

Step 5:

Your lesson has now been posted to your Schoology! You can click the "View" button to open a browser tab to see your Schoology post.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile devices.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile devices.

How do I insert math equations into my lesson plans?

This is a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers and teachers whose schools are subscribed to our paid Chalk solutions. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

Including math equations in your lessons can be valuable for comprehension and delivery for STEM-based subjects, but can be difficult to include through plain text. This article will show you how to insert math equations and formulas directly into your lessons through our lesson editor.

Note: This support article goes over how to use the math editor in the context of your lesson planning, but if your school is subscribed to our Curriculum option then you will be able to use the editor within your curriculum maps as well.

Step 1:

Open a lesson you would like to insert math equations for and click the math editor icon in the formatting menu, as shown below.

Step 2:

When you first open the math editor, it will default to the Graphical Editor option. Here you can use your keyboard inputs to enter simple codes and functions and see a visual demonstration of how they will appear when you insert them into your lessons.

Click the icon to the right of the input field to toggle a virtual keyboard that you can use to input various commands.

You can click the Use LaTeX Editor button to switch to a LaTeX command input format. For more information on using LaTeX commands in the math editor, please read the "What LaTeX commands are available?" section at the bottom of this support article.

Note: You can also use the editor for chemical equations by using the \ce LaTeX command, such as "\ce{H2O}" shown below.

Step 3:

When you've completed entering the content, click Insert and it will be embedded into your lesson as an image.

Step 4:

Once you've inserted a math equation into your lesson, you can click on it to display a menu of available editing options. You can resize the image, change display options, add captions, or edit the equation contents as necessary.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for our mobile apps.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for our mobile apps.

What LaTeX commands are available?

LaTeX is a command system for technical or mathematical typesetting that is used by mathematicians worldwide. You can use the LaTeX option in the math editor to embed complex mathematical formulas directly into your lesson plans.

The math editor feature supports over 800 LaTeX commands. For a full list of supported LaTeX commands, please see the following article.

Here are some commonly-used commands:

Operators

  • Times (×): \times
  • Dot (⋅): \cdot
  • Division (÷): \div
  • Plus minus (±): \pm

Commands

  • Fractions: \frac{1}{2}
  • Nested fractions: \frac{\frac{1}{2}}{2}
  • Square root (√3): \sqrt[root]{}

Relations

  • Not equal (≠): \neq
  • Approximately equal (≈): \approx
  • Less than or equal (≤): \leq
  • Greater than or equal (≥): \geq
  • Much less than (≪): \ll
  • Much greater than (≫): \gg

Exponents/Indices

  • Use ^ for superscript. Example: x^2
  • Use ^{} for exponents with >1 digit. Example: x^{10}
  • Use _ for subscript. Example: x_0
  • Use _{} for subscript with >1 digit. Example: x_{10}

Other Symbols

  • Infinity (∞): \infty
  • Partial (∂): \partial
  • Estimator (θ̂): \hat{}

Logic

  • For all (∀): \forall
  • Exists (∃): \exists
  • Or (∨): \lor
  • And (∧): \land
  • Xor (⊻): \veebar
  • Not (¬): \neg

Sets (You can put an "n" before the command to get the negation)

  • Proper superset (⊃): \supset
  • Superset (⊇): \supseteq
  • Proper Subset (⊂): \subset
  • Subset (⊆): \subseteq
  • Member (∈): \in
  • Empty set (∅): \emptyset
  • Set of real numbers (ℝ): \mathbb{R}
  • Set union (belonging to A OR B) (∪): \cup
  • Set intersection (belonging to A AND B) (∩): \cap

Greek Letters (You can capitalize the symbol by capitalizing the command)

  • alpha (α): \alpha
  • beta (β): \beta
  • gamma (γ): \gamma
  • delta (δ): \delta
  • epsilon (ϵ): \epsilon
  • zeta (ζ): \zeta
  • eta (η): \eta
  • theta (θ): \theta
  • iota (ι): \iota
  • kappa (κ): \kappa
  • lambda (λ): \lambda
  • mu (μ): \mu
  • nu (ν): \nu
  • xi (ξ): \xi
  • omicron (o): o
  • pi (π): \pi
  • rho (ρ): \rho
  • sigma (σ): \sigma
  • tau (τ): \tau
  • upsilon (υ): \upsilon
  • phi (ϕ): \phi
  • chi (χ): \chi
  • psi (ψ): \psi
  • omega (ω): \omega

How do I search for lessons I created in Chalk?

This is a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers and teachers whose schools are subscribed to the Instruction Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

If you are having difficulty finding or trying to navigate to a particular lesson, you can use the lesson search feature to search through all of your lessons across semesters and classes and find exactly what you’re looking for. Lesson search allows you to filter by semester, subject, and unit, as well as being able to find lessons that you created in Resources.

Step 1:

Within any Planner view in Planboard, click the magnifying glass icon near the top-right corner next to the Planner view options.

Step 2:

Select a semester to search through from the drop-down menu in the lesson search window. You can also search for lessons created in Resources by selecting the "Resources" option at the bottom of the list.

Step 3:

The lesson search window will initially display lessons for all available subjects in your chosen semester, and you can scroll down in the window to load more results. The search window will look like this:

  1. Click on this drop-down menu to select which semester you will search through.
  2. Enter text into this field to search for lessons with your search term.
  3. Close the lesson search window. Your previous search will be remembered until you navigate away from Planboard.
  4. Click here to switch between a card-style or list display of lesson results.
  5. Toggle this to only display lessons that have attachments.
  6. Choose which subjects to display search results for.
  7. Narrow your search by filtering which units to display results for. This option will only appear after you have selected a subject to filter.

Step 4:

Enter a search term or keyword into the search bar at the top of the window. Results matching your search term in the title or lesson content will be displayed with the search term highlighted. You can use the filter options on the left side of the lesson search window to narrow your results.

Step 5:

Click on a lesson from the search results to view a preview of that lesson.

From here, you can click Edit to be taken to that lesson in Planboard, click Share to open the sharing options for this lesson, or click Import to copy this lesson into other lesson plans.

Unfortunately, this feature is not available for mobile devices.

Unfortunately, this feature is not available for mobile devices.

How do I recover deleted lessons or restore lessons to a previous state?

This is a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers and teachers whose schools are subscribed to the Instruction Solution.

You will not have this option if you are a free user, and will need to reach out to support@chalk.com or use our in-app Live Chat for assistance in restoring lesson content.

You might find yourself in a situation where you have accidentally deleted or otherwise lost progress on a lesson. You can sometimes fix this by using the "Undo/Redo" buttons within the lesson editor, but you won't be able to do this if you have navigated away from the lesson or the changes were made in a previous day.

This article will show you how to use the Lesson History feature to recover or restore your lesson to a previous state.

Step 1:

Click the Options button in the top-right of the lesson editor, then click on Lesson History.

Step 2:

You will be taken to the Lesson History window, which displays up to the last 250 edits made to the lesson over the previous 5 days. You can click on the edits to display the lesson content on the right side of the window.

The window will look like the following:

  1. Search function for the lesson version history.
  2. Deleted lessons for the current date.
  3. Recent edits to the lesson will be listed by most to least recent.
  4. Click here to display older edits to the lesson.
  5. The lesson title and date.
  6. The lesson content will display for the version you are viewing.
  7. Click this setting to toggle highlighted changes between the lesson's current version and the edit version you are viewing.
  8. Click Restore to return the live version of the lesson to the edit version you have selected.

Step 3:

Select the version of the lesson you would like to restore, then click Restore to replace the live version of the lesson to the version you have selected.

Step 4:

Your lesson has now been restored to the previous state you have selected!

Unfortunately, this feature is not available for mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not available for mobile.

How do I create custom colours for my subjects?

This is a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

Subscribing to Chalk Gold allows you to customize your lesson planner with a full spectrum of colours. Select unique colours for your subjects, sections, units and more!

Step 1:

From any menu that allows you to select a colour, open the colour picker tool and click the + button under the "Custom" heading.

Step 2:

Use the sliders and selection circles to choose your custom colour. You can also enter a specific hex code for the colour you want to select.

The text will dynamically adjust from white to black in response to the visibility against your selected colour.

Make sure to always click Save after making your changes!

Step 1:

From any menu that allows you to select a colour, open the colour picker tool. Tap the grey custom colour picker in the open colour menu.

Step 2:

Use the sliders and tap to move the selection circle to choose your custom colour.

The text will dynamically adjust from white to black in response to the visibility against your selected colour.

Tap Done to save your selected colour.

Step 1:

From any menu that allows you to select a colour, open the colour picker tool. Tap the grey custom colour picker in the open colour menu.

Step 2:

Use the sliders and tap to move the selection circle to choose your custom colour.

The text will dynamically adjust from white to black in response to the visibility against your selected colour.

Tap OK to save your selected colour.