Markboard Guide

Chapter 1: Setup For Markboard

Markboard brings both summative and formative assessment to your students. Get real-time insights into your students’ learning progress to provide the best feedback. Best of all, it’s free for individual teachers.

This learning guide will help familiarize you with the features of Chalk's Markboard app. While this guide will cover many of the features available, please refer to our extensive support articles for specific questions or reach out to us 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:

  • Set up your semester
  • Navigate the Markboard app
  • Create and enroll your students
  • Customize your settings

Note: You will need to have created your account in your browser before you can access the mobile Markboard app.

How can I start using Markboard?

When you create your account for Chalk, you will be prompted to set up your semester. This set-up is essential for being able to use both Planboard and Markboard. Setting up your semester involves a few things: picking your start and end dates, creating a name for your semester and adding subjects and sections. The semester holds all of your students, subjects, and content for your Chalk school year.

Step 1: 

After logging in for the first time, you will be automatically directed to the Semester setup page. The first thing you'll want to do on this page is name your semester. Since I have one long school year, I will be calling mine "2019-2020 School Year".

Step 2:

Next, you'll want to pick your start and end dates. You can do this by clicking in the start and end date areas of the box. I will have the same students and timetable the entire school year so I entered the first and last day of school.

Note: You can edit your end date at any time, but your start date cannot change without the help of Chalk Support. See this article for more information on editing your semester. 

Step 3:

Select the "teaching days" of your semester. This will be the days that your school has in their "Rotation". In most cases this is Monday to Friday, but differs from place to place.

When you're done, select the Save and Continue button to move to the next step.

Setting up Your Subjects

Setting up your subjects is essential so that you know which classes you are grading and creating assessments for in Markboard.

Here is a quick breakdown of the difference between subjects, sections, and non-teaching blocks when it comes to scheduling in Chalk:

  • Subjects are relatively straight-forward. You might teach Grade 11 English, Grade 10 English and Grade 12 World History all in the same semester. These would get their own subject, making them easy to distinguish between for assessments, grading, and observations.
  • Sections are when you teach the same Subject to the same Grade but different groups of students. For example, you might teach Grade 11 English to two different sets of students at two different times. They have the same Curriculum Sets or Standards attached. Therefore you would have one Subject of Grade 11 English, but two sections within it. For more information on how to add sections, please visit this article
  • Non-Teaching Block is a period of time that you'd like to have in your schedule or timetable, but doesn't require any lesson planning. This could be Lunch, Recess or maybe Study Hall. For more information on adding non-teaching blocks, click here

Step 1: 

Select the plus icon on the right hand side. 

Step 2: 

Select the Subject option in the drop down menu that appears.

Note: If you have classes created in Google Classroom, you can import them into Markboard by following the instructions here.

Step 3: 

Click where it says Subject Name to edit your Subject block. 

Step 4:

Name your subject in the Subject Name box.

Step 5:

Select the colour you would like to assign the subject. This is optional if you want to keep the randomly selected colour that it originally has. 

Note: You can click on the colour picker icon for more colour options.

Once you have everything set up to your liking, you can finalize your settings by clicking on the following options:

  • Select Planboard to move onto your timetable and get started on Lesson Planning. 
  • Select Markboard to start setting up your Assessments. 

Please use the web browser to complete the setup process for your account before using the Markboard mobile app.

Please use the web browser to complete the setup process for your account before using the Markboard mobile app.

How do I navigate Markboard?

When you open Markboard, you will see the classes you are teaching, and the number of students enrolled in each class.

Note: If you are a free user, you will have set up your subjects and enrolled students yourself. If your school has subscribed to the Assessment Solution, your admin will have set up your subjects, students and classlists. If any of these are incorrect, please contact your school administrator directly.

By hovering over a class and clicking it, you will be brought to the Assessments tab, beside it is Students, and  Settings. Let’s quickly discuss each tab:

1. Assessment

  • The assessment tab is where you can create, and grade assessments. Assessments are broken into 4 styles (Score, Rubric, Binary & Observation). 

2. Students

  • From the students tab, you’ll be able to create and enroll students, generate a class roster, or view the assessment information for the students in your class. If your school is subscribed to Chalk's Assessment solution, your students will already be entered by your school administrator, so clicking that tab will show you a list enrolled students.

3. Settings

  • This is where you enter categories of assessments that you’ll be grading (homework, projects, test, etc) as well as the weight that each category makes up.

How do I create and enroll students in a class?

In order to mark students within Markboard, you will first need to create and enroll your students into your subject and/or sections. This article is a quick overview on how to do so.

Note: To find out how to import students from Google Classroom, read this support article.

Step 1:

Within Markboard, select the subject that you would like to enroll students in. 

Step 2: 

From the section's main page, select the Students tab along the top. 

Step 3:

If you have yet to create the student or group of students you would like to enroll, select the Create button.

Note: If you have created the students you would like to enroll already in a different section, skip ahead to Step 7 for how to enroll existing students. 

Step 4:

The Create New Students option will appear. In order to create a student enter their name First Last, Student ID.

Note: The student ID is an optional 

Step 5: 

When you've finished entering your students it will look like the picture below. When you're done, select the Add Students button.

Step 6: 

Your students will then be created and enrolled to the section automatically. 

Step 7: 

To enroll existing students that you've already created in another section, select the Enroll button. 

Step 8:

There are two options to enroll students. To enroll individual students, ensure that you're on the Individual Students tab and then select the Enroll button beside the student you would like to enroll in the section.

If you would like to enroll an entire existing class, select the Class List tab. Here you will be able to select the Enroll Number of Students button to enroll all of the students in that section into the current one.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available for mobile.

How are grades calculated in Markboard?

Assessments in Markboard are grouped by categories for marking. Categories are averaged based on the weighting assigned on the settings page to get a students average. For example, if you have 2 categories, Quizzes and Homework, the average would be calculated as "studentAverage = (QuizAverage * QuizWeighting + HomeworkAverage * HomeworkWeighting) / (QuizWeighting + HomeworkWeighting)". If a category has no assessments it is not included in the average.

Now, let's take a look into how each category average is calculated. Within a category, each summative assessment is averaged -- formative assessments do not contribute to the overall grade. To customize how much a given summative assessment is worth within the category you can assign a custom weighting to it, by default this is set to 1. These weighting act like a multiplier and an assessment with 2x weighting will affect the average twice as much as an assessment with 1x weighting.

Extra credit assessments are a way that you can acknowledge when a student goes above and beyond what's expected. An extra credit assessment does not add itself to the number of assessments in a category. This means that if you have 3 regular assessments and 1 extra credit assessment, then the sum of the 4 assessments would be divided by 3 to get the category average. Note: When you have extra credit assessments it is possible for your students to have a grade of > 100%.

For each assessment, the last attempt for each student is taken for their final grade. If the last attempt is either omitted or ungraded then the assessment will not be counted towards their average.

How do I customize weighting and categories for a class?

Customizing weighting and categories can assist in keeping your marking organized and coherent. To learn how to customize weighting and categories, continue reading below.

Step 1:

From Markboard, select the section you would like to edit.

Step 2:

From the Section, select the Settings tab.

Step 3:

All sections by default start with the following categories:

  • Homework
  • Quiz
  • Test
  • Assignment
  • Formative

You'll see each of these categories in a list on the left and visualized in a pie chart on the right as seen below:

You can adjust the name or weight of each category by simply clicking on it and typing. Wait a moment and you'll see the pie chart automatically update when it saves.

You can also create additional categories clicking the Add Category button at the bottom.

Deleting a Category

You should see an X to the right of each category weight, click this to delete that category.

Note: once a category is deleted it can not be recovered, you'll also need to specify what category assessments created in this one will be migrated to 

For example if you delete the Assignment category you'll need to migrate all existing assessments in that category to one of the other categories for this subject. (i.e Homework) 

Note: Each subject must have at least one category.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile. 

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.