November 8, 2011
Over 50 million Americans between the ages of 13 to 25 live and breathe on Facebook. These same students spend an average of 2 hours connected to this dominant social media site everyday, yet schools and districts across the country block the site due to fear, the threat of cyberbullying, and potential misconduct. Startup TalkChalk thinks this is a wasted opportunity, and they are ready to change that.
Imagine a platform that allows for all these parties to connect safely through Facebook and mitigates potential risks for teachers, students and schools – that’s TalkChalk. They have turned Facebook into an education powerhouse.
Students can help each other with homework and post questions to each other, teachers, and parents. Parents can view their childrens’ grades, answer homework questions, and connect with teachers. Teachers and adminstrators can post homework, school and classroom news, delayed openings and snow day information, and community events.
TalkChalk is a great way for schools and universities to reduce costs, engage their students and increase their achievement. Security is a top priority – everyone can safely interact inside Facebook (there is built-in content and cyberbullying protection, and personal content is hidden from class communications).
The 4 founders – David Simnick, Robert Brown, Larry Cone, and Daniel Doll – did their homework (pun intended) before launching TalkChalk. BlackBoard requires massive subscriptions in order to access services; Edmodo doesn’t integrate with Facebook the way TalkChalk does; and Schoologly doesn’t offer the same level of security.
This Chicago and Delaware-based company will be showcaased at our Tech Cocktail mixer this Thursday night during DC Week, so be sure to stop by and say hi to the TalkChalk team.
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