NEWARK - School chalkboards are going high-tech and virtual in a new initiative being used in Newark public schools.

Some Newark classrooms are using a Smart Technologies education software called Smart Amp. It enables teachers to launch their lessons on a virtual board that appears simultaneously on students' laptops.

The work also extends out of the classroom, where students can use the technology to collaborate on projects from home.

Newark is one of the first districts to use and apply the technology.