Step 1

You will need to use a computer to view cable television through SAFARI Montage.  The use of the Chrome browser is not advised at this time for viewing live TV in SAFARI Montage.

Log-in to SAFARI Montage at http://safari.hallco.org by using firstname.lastname for Username and your HallCo email password for Password.

SM Login

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2

Look for the ‘Digital TV’ area on the SAFARI Montage dashboard as shown below:

SM Digital TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3

To see a listing of all available channels click on the ‘MORE’ link as shown below:

SM More Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply click on the channel of your choice to begin viewing.

Hall County Schools SAFARI Montage system was upgraded to version 5.4 on October 2nd, 2012.  This update should result in a better overall user experience (faster load times, content updates, additional features, etc.).

 

State Standards and Correlations Updates:

  • State standards have been comprehensively updated, including many that now incorporate Common Core standards.
  • All packaged content correlations have been updated to correlate with newly updated standards (including Common Core Georgia).
  • The standards updates do not apply to items that were uploaded through Creation Station – only to SAFARI Montage subscription content.

Version 5.4 Content Packages:

The Core K-8 Content Package (2012) is available to all Hall County elementary and middle schools.

The Math’scool Content Package (2012) and the Algebra’scool Content Package (2012) are available to all Hall County middle schools.

The 9-12 Super Core Content Package (2012) is available to all Hall County high schools.

If you have any difficulty with accessing SAFARI Montage content please see our previous blog post about Troubleshooting SAFARI Montage.

 

 

 

Below are some basic steps to take if you are having trouble with accessing content on SAFARI Montage:

 

1.  Check the version of your SAFARI Montage Media Player:

Right click on the video player screen once logged into SAFARI Montage:

SAFARI Montage Video Player

Left-click on ‘About’.

This will state what version of the player is installed.

The current version (as of 12/4/12) of the player is 5.4.9 for PC and 5.4.0 for Mac.

The latest version of the browser can be downloaded by clicking the Help Tab on the top right of the main navigation bar as shown below:

Then click on Browser & Plug-In Downloads on the left:

 

 

Next, choose the appropriate downloads which may or may not include the SAFARI Montage Media Player needed for the system being used.

2.  Quicktime – Some of the content stored in the SAFARI Montage system requires the use of Quicktime for playback.  Please make sure Quicktime is installed and up-to-date.

3.  Make sure a supported web browser is being used to access SAFARI Montage.  Supported browsers for SAFARI Montage are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple’s Safari browser.  Please note that Google Chrome is not supported at this time.  The current versions of the supported browsers are as follows as of 12/4/12:

Internet Explorer – Version 10.0.8400.0

Firefox – Version 17.0.1

Apple’s Safari Browser – Version 6.0.1

4.  Please restart your computer after performing any of these updates.

 

Updated Troubleshooting Steps:

Thanks to Kandis Lewis-Thomas and Tracy Barnette for leading us to the following information from SAFARI Montage Tech Support:

If users still experience garbled sounding audio from Safari Montage but not other programs do the following:

 

Logout of Safari Montage by clicking on the “log out” link at the top of the page as indicated by the red circle in the below screen clip.

 

 

 

Please delete all Temporary Internet Files and Cookies.  The process for deleting Temporary Internet Files and Cookies is different depending on which browser is being used.

 

Navigate to safari.hallco.org

If the login screens prompts to install the Safari Montage Media Player, install this before logging into the site.

 

If these steps do not correct all problems you may be having with SAFARI Montage, please ask your media specialist to contact the e-Learning Department.

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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?