Staples Switches to Blackboard Software

Victor Hollenberg ’10
News Editor

Students and teachers have gradually become more comfortable with the use of Blackboard, Staples’ and the district’s new online classroom software, as it enters into its second month of use throughout the school.

The program, meant to replace eChalk, the communication program used from 2003 to the end of the 2007-2008 school year, has filled many of the gaps administrators saw in its predecessor.

Blackboard’s capabilities are far-reaching. Besides serving the communication function that eChalk served, it also can act as an online classroom, according to Dodig. The program includes the ability to post videos, individual chatrooms, discussion forums, and virtual lessons for each class at the school.