There are two programs used in the Video Lessons: PowerPoint 97 (or later) and Acrobat. If you do not have these programs you can download free viewers to display both types of material. Click on the icons below to download the viewers.
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If you are on an educational or corporate network, you may not be allowed to install one or both of these programs. Ask your System Administrator to install them for you or to change your permission to do it yourself.
When you click on the Lesson or Homework link to download the Lesson or Homework files, a File Download box will open. The Box will have three buttons horizontally arranged across the center: Open, Save, Cancel.
Choose Save. Do NOT choose “Open.” (The file will not download correctly if you choose “open.)
Using a Video Projector
In order to use these lessons effectively, every student must be able to read text on the screen. While an individual student can use a monitor, in order for an entire class to participate, a video projector must be used. The video projector can be stand-alone or part of a Smart Board unit.
In order to use a stand-alone projector, communication must occur between the computer running the program and the video projector. This can be done by running cables from the computer to the projector on a temporary basis. Alternatively, cables may be avoided altogether. CablesToGo (http://www.cablestogo.com/) (and other vendors) sells a wireless kit (about $200) that connects to a USB port on the computer and to the VGA connector at the projector.
Also, it is highly desirable to control the computer cursor wherever the presenter is located. Microsoft now builds a wireless mouse that allows control of the computer cursor at a maximum distance of 30 ft. away see: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/Presenter/productdetails.aspx?pid=085
A Smart Board is an ideal to these lessons since students participate throughout the lesson by touching elements on the screen. Please note that when using the Smart Board, the user must tap twice in rapid succession to select an element. For example, to use the “Continue” button, tap on it twice rapidly in succession with your finger.
PRESENTING THE LESSONS
Starting the Lesson
When the PowerPoint Lesson is opened, the user will see a menu selection at the top of the screen labeled “Slide Show”. In PowerPoint 2003, all that is necessary to start the Lesson is to click on this drop-down menu and select “View Show”. PowerPoint 2007 is a bit more complex. Clicking on Slide Show, opens a menu bar with a number of options to select. The leftmost icon labeled “From Beginning” will start the show when selected.
Next to it is an icon labeled “From Current Slide”. All of the slides used in the Lesson or shown on the left side of the screen. The user can click on any of these slides and start the presentation form that point.
There are numerous times the lesson will halt so that the teacher can discuss the lesson if desired. At those points, an arrow box and the word “Continue” is shown at the lower right of the screen. The program will not resume until the arrow box has been selected. The first slide in the program may be labeled “Start”. Once again the program will not start until the arrow box has been clicked.
Repeating a Task
Some programs contain an arrow box on the left side of the screen labeled “Click to Start Over”. When one student has finished the task, selecting the Click to Start Over button will restore the screen to the same state that the first student found it in
Stopping and Starting the Lesson
The Lesson can be stopped at any point by right clicking a mouse or selecting the appropriate “stop” command on the screen. The Lesson can be restarted where stopped by left clicking a mouse or using the appropriate “resume” button on the screen. The user can select the frame (using the thumbnail pictures of the Lesson on the left side).
Changing the Lesson
The user is free to skip over portions of the lesson by stopping at a slide and continuing at a slide later in the series. The user is also free to move slides around, add a slide or add text and graphics on an existing slide.
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