14 February 2018, India:
Microsoft has partnered with classroom collaboration startup Chalkup to improve classroom education. As a part of deal, Chalkup CEO Justin Chando will join Microsoft to help integrate classroom collaboration features and the startup’s tech will build into the Microsoft Teams for Education product.
Justin Chando said, “In spending time with the amazing people at Microsoft, it was clear that we were completely aligned in our mission for connecting classrooms, sparking student collaboration, and finding new and innovative ways to work together. We knew Microsoft would be a great fit and we’re thrilled for what the future holds for our customers.”
Microsoft said, “We know customers love Chalkup, and we do too. In the coming months, we’ll work hand in hand with educators and students to bring more of the favorite elements of Chalkup into the Microsoft Teams experience – adding features such as Chalkup’s innovative rubrics system to make it easier to assess and grade student assignments and projects.”
Chalkup’s existing users will be able to continue to run thier courses until June. Chalkup will soon give users the ability to export their course information and provide an easy transition path to Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft started its Teams for Education collaboration service in March 2017. It is available as part of the Office 365 package Education, Education Plus, Education E5 and Education E3 suites.