Built-In Features Enable Teachers and Students to Connect and Collaborate in a Secure Environment
MOBILE, AL–(Marketwired – January 29, 2015) – STI, a leading provider of education data management and student achievement solutions to the K-12 public and private school market, today announced the launch of Chalkable classroom management tools for teachers within its flagship InformationNOW student information system (SIS). An important milestone for STI following its acquisition of Chalkable in December 2013, the incorporation of the new capabilities extends the STI technology platform from an SIS to a comprehensive K-12 education platform, supporting overall student achievement by streamlining workflows and helping to manage day-to-day tasks directly through InformationNOW.
“In the 30 years STI has been in the education business, improving the academic lives and performance of students has been of utmost importance to us,” said Derek Dunaway, STI chief executive officer. “We acquired Chalkable not only to offer exciting new tools to teachers and schools, but also to deliver a greater, more holistic and immersive learning experience for everyone involved. From the efficiencies a single system brings to teachers in the classroom, to the students being able to safely and securely use classroom tools while at home with their parents, this new integrated product is the beginning of a new way for educators to manage the learning process.”
Many teachers across the country use third-party classroom management tools such as learning management systems, collaboration tools and/or enhanced gradebooks to oversee day-to-day classroom tasks, yet many of these solutions are not the system of record for the school. As a result, teachers often enter grades multiple times in multiple systems. STI addresses this problem because Chalkable classroom tools and InformationNOW share the same technology platform and are designed as one system, providing a simple way for teachers to manage daily classroom tasks like attendance, grading and lesson plans.
Chalkable classroom tools enable teachers to easily track attendance by seating chart, automatically calculate average grades, deliver visual analytics on student performance and behavior patterns, and allow both teacher and student to annotate assignments within the user interface. This integration and realtime exchange of information removes the need for double entry of data by teachers, provides automatic reporting of grades and assignments, and eliminates data security risks as all data remains in the SIS environment.
Chalkable Classroom is available to the entire STI InformationNOW customer base of more than 5,000 schools across the country.
STI is a leading provider of education data management and student achievement solutions to the K-12 public and private school market. STI’s fully integrated suite of products addresses student information systems, including health, food service management, state reporting and data accumulation, classroom learning tools and analytics. Additionally, STI offers a comprehensive program of professional development services to help administrators and teachers with school improvement initiatives such as developing data-driven response-to-intervention and formative assessment programs. More than 5,000 schools in 50 states use STI solutions. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Mobile, AL. For more information, phone 800-844-0884 or visit www.sti-k12.com.