Repositories are a new feature in the May 2011 release.  Race to the Top funded two weeks over the 2011 summer where Hall County teachers entered items (or Learning Objects) into repositories.  All HallConnect users can search all items in any repositories.

If you or your teammates have write access to a repository you can use the repository to create items, search items, and then drag them into your courses.  If you do not have write access to a repository you can still search the repository and drag items into your courses.  Any HallConnect user can search any and all repositories.

HallConnect Repositories Search Box

HallConnect Repositories Search Box

When searching the repository there are several ways to refine the search.

  • Source: Hallco Content
  • Keywords *if you are creating in a repository see future post on tagging with metadata
  • Aligned to Objective
  • of Type:

 

Once you have found a resource you want to include in your Syllabus simply click on the item in the Resources Pane and drag it to your Syllabus where you would like the item to appear in any module.

When opening up the item to edit please note that currently the only thing that cannot be edited is the Description.  Hall County has expressed our interest to the company in changing that; we will update all users as soon as that is possible.

The icons to the left of the Results returned tell you what type of item each is.  Refer to HallConnect: Objectives Pane, Covered Versus Assessed for which items are graded/non-graded.  Bear in mind, that items which are non-graded can be converted to graded activities once in your syllabus, but graded items cannot be changed to non-graded items.  Your syllabus has a built-in key to these icons when you click on the green plus button, Add.

HallConnect Repositories Types and Results

HallConnect Repositories Types and Results

Repository items take over night to be found through the search feature.  Please leave yourself enough time between creation of the item and when it needs to be added to your courses.

Many teachers use a laptop or other computer, like the Dell Zino, to present material to their class on a LCD or projector. During the lesson, if there is not input to the computer for a short amount of time, the computer will go into sleep mode and the classroom display will turn black. Here is an easy way to adjust the power settings on your computer so that you’ll never have to wake your computer up during class again.

 

Setting your Zino to Never Sleep

 

 

 

 

 

e-Learning is often asked about registering ActivSlates.  The instructions below assume that the user has an ActivSlate and an ActivHub  that is plugged into a working USB port.  The ActivHub will flash green when installed properly:

This post uses images of the ActivSlate 60, but it will apply to older models as well:

Step 1 – Access the Device Registration screen:

From the Dashboard:

or from the Voting Browser:

Step 2:  In Device Registration, select ActivSlates and click Register:

Step 3:  To Register one ActivSlate, select the number 1 and click Next:

Step 4:  A PIN code with instructions are displayed in the next window:

Step 5:  Power on the ActivSlate.  Click once on the Registration button (the flame) on the ActivSlate and enter the PIN code from ActivInspire by clicking the PIN code buttons on the ActivSlate:

Step 6:  In ActivInspire click Finish.  The ActivSlate LCD screen should display ‘REGISTERED’ for a moment, then should switch to a signal meter (similar to a cell phone signal meter) that is full:

A successfully registered slate can be used to navigate a computer and perform other mouse functions like left and right clicking also enabling the teacher to be mobile.  It also allows for another piece of technology to put in your students’ hands.  There have been a few occasions where we had to repeat Steps 4-6 to get the slate to register.  If you have difficulty with this, please see your Media Specialist or Computer Lab Manager.

When uploading documents to HallConnect you want to be aware of the following size limits:

  • 1 MB – Submission to wiki pages.
  • 5 MB – An attached file to an assignment, forum, blog, or journal post.
  • 15 MB – Submission to discussion board, blog, or journal, including all attachments.
  • 15 MB – Announcement or assignment submission, including all attachments.
  • 250 MB – Author-generated course content files.
  • 2 GB – Course import packages.

Here are the basic ways in which you can upload documents to HallConnect:

Syllabus: Adding AttachmentsSyllabus: Adding Attachments

One of the first ways you may try including your documents is by attaching them to an item on your Syllabus.

When adding any of these items (excluding Folder, Module, and SCORM Package) you have the options of attaching documents during the initial set up or when you edit the item.

Be advised attached documents do not open in the HallConnect player window.  They need to be opened on the device*.  Some potential issues with that situation are the user may not have Office installed on the machine, your attachment may be a newer version of Office than the user has, the user may not notice the attachment.  If you have to attach a document it is a good idea to save it as a PDF first.  *This may change in the future as SharePoint becomes widely used.

Resource Pane: Adding Course FilesResource Pane: Adding Course Files

Another way to include your documents in HallConnect and have them viewable in the HallConnect player window is by adding them to the Course Files section of the Resource Pane. By clicking ‘Add’ you will then have the option to add one or more files.  Once added to the Course Files section these documents are available to drag and drop into your Syllabus.  This is makes the item viewable without opening up another program.  This is also ideal for documents that are used more than once.

Resource Pane: Adding a Single FileResource Pane: Adding a Single File

Files can be added one at a time or in multiples.  The easiest method is to add them one at a time.  Some of the documents you have such as presentations you may want to save to PDF versions before uploading.

The other option is to upload multiple files at once.  This option utilizes File Transfer Protocol, FTP, and should only be attempted by those with prior experience in FTP.  The benefit to this method is speed.  However, the risk includes a high degree of error.  Again any documents that need conversion need to be converted before uploading.

Resource Pane: Adding Multiple FilesResource Pane: Adding Multiple Files

The Multiple Files tab provides you with the URL and the prefix to your user name.  Use your own password.

Changes made via FTP cannot be undone typically.  This should only be used within your own course/class sections, not repositories, to minimize the adverse impact to anyone else contributions to HallConnect.

If you have started thinking about inserting content into HallConnect you may have already considered some county subscriptions and wondered how others are inserting them.  County subscriptions are preferable to school or individual subscriptions as all of our users that will search our repositories will be able to use them.

SAFARI Montage is a content management system that you may already be familiar with as many Hall County teachers uploaded assets to SAFARI Montage after “mining for digital assets” during 2011 post-planning sessions.  SAFARI Montage contains student/ teacher made assets, county subscriptions and some school-level subscriptions.

Once you have found the right video, chapter of a video, playlist, etc. from SAFARI Montage follow the permanent links icon and select the School Guest Student Account style, copy this link and paste it under the Choose Web Site … button.  As soon as you insert the link, preview it to be sure it is as expected, then select OK.

Adding Safari Montage ContentAdding Safari Montage Content

Integration with SAFARI Montage into HallConnect is not yet complete.  Until that integration is complete your students will need to open another tab and sign into SAFARI Montage (the same way they log onto a HallCo computer) to view the desired content within HallConnect.

Notice that if you want students to open another tab it is a good idea to insert an Instructor Note to Student with this item, but you may also want to already have practiced this procedure or noted the directions in an item viewed prior to this document or somehow how make it part of their logging in procedures.

An optional item enhancement is under the Visibility and Completion tab to the right. You already know the length of the video, chapter, or playlist from SAFARI Montage.  If you desire you can set the required amount of time to be spent on this item.  This item will be marked as completed when that amount of time is spent on that item.  Additionally you can mark that the student has to complete this item before moving on to the next item.  If you set a time in minutes that means the video will need to play for a certain duration before the student can go to the next item.  You may want to use this only with required viewing and sparingly to keep the novelty alive.

Atomic Learning is less content and more short, how-to videos on software students might use to create projects.  These videos would be ideal for giving students options when asking them to demonstrate their new knowledge after some intensive study.

There is no integration between Atomic Learning and HallConnect.  Luckily, the same procedure of opening a second tab and logging in (UN/PW same – see your Media Specialist) will allow your students to view the content within HallConnect.

Share Link in Atomic LearningShare Link in Atomic Learning

The same procedure works to bring in Atomic Learning videos as Safari Montage videos.  Once you have drilled down to a video that introduces the tool you think might spark a project idea copy the Share link and paste it under the Choose Web Site … button.  As soon as you insert the link, preview it to be sure it is as expected, then select OK.

Notice that if you want students to open another tab it is a good idea to insert an Instructor Note to Student with this item, but you may also want to already have practiced this procedure or noted the directions in an item viewed prior to this document or somehow how make it part of their logging in procedures.

The optional item enhancement under the Visibility and Completion tab to the right is likely not appropriate for these videos.  Often these videos are used as suggestions, supplemental to what the student already knows, or just to expand on an interest a student may have.

When HallConnect opens this video inside HallConnect your students still have the option to browse the Tutorial Playlist that surrounds that one video clip that you choose to represent what this software can do.

What else are you interested in bringing into HallConnect?