NAME: My Blackboard +
Chalkboards are an ancestor to today’s classrooms. The days are gone when children bang together erasers to clean the chalkboard, letting the chalk dust flow into the air. Better yet, teachers no longer have chalk residue on their hands from a day’s worth of teaching students hungry to learn math, geography and science. No, the chalkboards of the past have been forced into retirement. The “big guns,” or the smart boards and white boards we’ll call them, have been brought in to help children advance to the technology that is upon us. In fact, the only chalkboard that they may know may be through My Blackboard +, where they can draw, learn music and handwriting and learn valuable skills.
There are four different chalkboards to choose from: a blank chalkboard, a chalkboard that lets you read music, a lined chalkboard and a squared chalkboard. The blank chalkboard is great for drawing practicing skills such as math or English. If teachers are using this app, this may be a great chalkboard to put quiz questions, but there is not a good way to scroll through images on this application. The music chalkboard is just that. It’s a blank chalkboard with sets of lines for sheet music. The student (or teacher) draws the music on the blackboard. This may done to practice the music or to learn it, whatever your preference may be.
The next chalkboard is the lined chalkboard. This may be a great chalkboard for younger kids who are learning letters and numbers. It could be efficient to those students who want to practice their cursive writing. The square chalkboard first brings to mind algebra, calculus and all those other hard math classes. This chalkboard allows you to graph items, either in a bar graph or a line graph. I suppose you could do a pie graph on this blackboard, too, but it might look better on the blank chalkboard.
Similar to regular chalk, there are a wide variety of color options within this application. The color selections remind of me an Easter pack of chalk I once bought. There are colors such as red, pink, purple, orange, yellow and green. There is the traditional white chalk, as well, along with blue chalk. Additionally, there is a color picker that lets you pick any color you desire for the chalk color, which ranges between $1.99 and and $3.99–depending on which one you get. Parents may like that they can get varying levels of arithmetic or handwriting in the store, while ads may also be removed.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL
Like most apps, share what you do in My Blackboard + on your favorite social network. Images or chalkboards may be shared via Twitter or Facebook. They may be also be saved to your images or sent to an email address. This is a big step up from regular chalkboards, where once it was erased, it was gone for good! The chalkboard may even be changed from black to green. Also, teachers and students may change the chalk thickness. I don’t remember having those options in grade school! I suppose there might be perks to this app after all.
Whiteboards and smart boards may have been chalkboard’s bully, but I think this app is a good substitute to getting your hands dirty. It offers parents, teachers and students a lot of flexibility in learning new skills. Teachers may be able to put their lessons in here and put them on the classroom website, for instance, offering students extra credit or extra reading material. Parents may help their children by creating new practice questions and much more. This app is great just for kids who want to play hang man or tic tac toe. There are so many possibilities it’s hard to come up with them all. What would you use My Blackboard + for? Don’t forget to bang the chalkboard erasers on your way out.