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:

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

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 in the top-right corner.

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 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 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.

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 in the top-right corner of the window.

Step 2:

In the sharing window that pops up, click on the Public Link tab.

Step 3:

On the Public Link tab, you will see a generated link that you can copy and share with anyone you choose.

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 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.

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 in the top-right corner of the window.

Step 2:

In the sharing window that pops up, click on the Public Link tab.

Step 3:

On the Public Link tab, you will see a generated link that you can copy and share with anyone you choose.

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 and 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 Google Classroom or Schoology. 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 or Schoology course.

Please complete your Google Classroom or 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 Google Classroom. If sharing a Day or Week's worth of lessons, anyone with the public link will be able to see all lessons for the chosen timeframe. Please be mindful not to include information in your lesson plans that you don't want others to access.

Sharing lessons to Google Classroom

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 in the top-right corner of the window, then click on the Google Classroom tab.

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 in the top-right corner of the window, then click on the Google Classroom tab.

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.

Sharing lessons to Schoology

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 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.