Ready the Technology


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Ready the Technology

  1. 1. Ready the Technology<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />To ready your technology this presentation will take you through the following steps:<br />Technology Requirements<br />Productivity & Access Needs<br />Download Plug-ins<br />Adobe Connect Connection Test<br />Set up Accounts<br /><ul><li>Google
  3. 3. Blog</li></li></ul><li>Technology Requirements<br />Below are the technology requirements for your computer:<br />ELC Technical Specifications2GB or greater of RAM1 GHz or greater CPUBroadband Internet connection<br />Recommended Operating SystemsWindows VistaWindows XP SP 2+Mac OS X v10.1+Other Supported, but NOT Recommended, <br />Operating SystemsNetBooksand Notebook computers with <br />small displaysPhone and/or handheld Internet browsers <br />are NOT supported<br />Supported PC/Windows BrowsersInternet Explorer 7.0+Mozilla Firefox 2.0+AOL, Netscape, & Opera are NOT supported<br />Supported Mac OS browsersMozilla Firefox 2.0+AOL, Netscape, & Safari are NOT supported<br />
  4. 4. Productivity & Access Needs<br />Please be sure that your skills meet the Productivity and Access Needs listed below:<br />Productivity Tool Needs:<br /><ul><li> Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel included)
  5. 5. Windows Media Player
  6. 6. Adobe Flash Player 8+ (free download)
  7. 7. Headset with microphone</li></ul>Access Needs:<br /><ul><li>Daily access to the Internet and email during courses
  8. 8. Ability to actively participate in course activities </li></ul> throughout the week<br />
  9. 9. Download Plug-ins<br />In order to view certain multimedia elements and documents on the Web, you need specific plug-ins. The most popular are QuickTime, RealPlayer, Flash, Shockwave, Acrobat Reader, and Windows Media Player. Click on the links below to download these free applications!<br />Get the QuickTime player<br />Get RealPlayer – Look for the free player, not a free trial version. The free player is hard to find, but it's there. <br />Get Flash player– 8 or higher<br />Get Acrobat Reader<br />Adobe Acrobat Connect Add-in – Choose the Windows or Mac Download<br />Get Windows Media Player<br />
  10. 10. Test your Connection<br />During the Online Learning Orientation and throughout your courses there will be online synchronous class sessions that will be conducted via Adobe Connect. Test your connection via the link below, prior to the session. Please test your connection using the same computer you will use for the live meetings. This link will test to make sure you have all the necessary software requirements.<br />Test Your Connection Here!<br />If you have a headset or microphone, please feel free to use that for this session so you can talk. If you don't have one yet, we recommend that you purchase the Logitech USB headset.<br />
  11. 11. Throughout your program you will be required to use Google Docs, an online collaborative tool that allows you to build and edit documents, presentations, and spreadsheets collaboratively.  In order to use Google Docs, you will need to establish a Google account if you don't already have one. <br />Set up your Google Account!<br />
  12. 12. Create a Google Account<br />If you or your team decide to use Google Docs to complete specific assignments, below are some guidelines to help you get started.<br />In order to collaboratively edit documents, you will need to create a Google Account. You can use a Gmail account (free) or any other email address that you choose.<br />To create an account, go to click the blue Create an Account button on the bottom right of the screen.<br />Enter all of the required information and click the I Accept and Create my account button.<br />
  13. 13. Collaborating in Google Docs <br />When you use Google Docs in your classes some quick tips are:<br />One member of the team (ideally, the week's team facilitator) should create the document.<br />The person who uploads the template or creates the document should share it with his/her teammates.  <br />To effectively collaborate, you may want to assign color coding to each person. <br />
  14. 14. Publishing Google Docs<br />You can publish your Google Doc, with it's own unique website address. This may be an option when your instructor only needs to see your final version of an activity. To publish: <br />Click on Share.<br />Select Publish as web page.<br />Select publish. You may also want to select <br />"automatically re-publish when changes are made."<br />
  15. 15. In each online course you take in this program, you will engage in reflection as part of an assignment in the course and/or as a separate activity at the end of a session.  You will maintain your course reflections in the form of a Blog that you will set up in this Online Learning Orientation Course.<br />Now let’s get Blogging!<br />
  16. 16. Setting up your Blog <br />Google has a lot of great tools, including Blogger, a free program that allows you to quickly and easily set up a blog.  Since you already have a Google account, we suggest you use Blogger, however, you may use another blog application if you choose.<br />Go to http://blogger.comand set up your blog.  Note, when giving a name to your blog, be sure to include something that identifies you and the program in the title.<br />
  17. 17. Setting Permissions for your Blog<br />When setting up your blogs, we recommend that you set permissions so that anyone can read and comment on your blog.  This will make the process of accessing your blog by future course instructors and instructor support staff much easier.  If you set permissions so that anyone can view your blog, then all you need to do is share with us your URL (blog website address).   <br />
  18. 18. Your Technology is Ready!<br />  <br />Congratulations! You have successfully completed your technology set-up and are ready to start the program! <br />