Productivity Software available (Microsoft Office or equivalent)
Speakers, Microphone available
Follow each of the technical requirements below to test your computer settings to make sure it is ready for your blendedschools.net class. Contact the BSN Help Desk if you cannot work through any of these steps.
1) Find out what web browser you are using. Get that browser ready.
A web browser is the program you use to access the Internet. It is important for you to know which browser you are using for your online classes. Visit this link to learn more about the browser you are using.
You will need to allow pop-up windows in order to fully participate in this course. Follow the steps in the following video to adjust the settings in your browser to allow pop-ups. Try clicking this link; it should open up the blendedschools.net website in a new window. If you do not see the blendedschools.net website, you should check on your popup blockers.
You may need to use voice recording tools in your class. Click this link to test your computer settings needed for the Voice Tools. It will also allow you to test your microphone, speakers and/or headset. The wizard will guide you through any fixes or solutions that are necessary. Be sure to read each screen of the wizard carefully before clicking "Next."
7) Install Blackboard Instant Messenger Software
Blackboard IM (formerly called Pronto) is an instant messaging tool that you can use to
communicate with your instructor or fellow students. It is a program
that needs to be downloaded and installed for you to use it. The
directions provided in this video below will help you do that.
8) Stop blocking file downloads.
If you are using Internet Explorer, you may find that you aren't able to download files from your course. Follow the steps in this video to change some settings in Internet Explorer to allow files to download from your courses.
9) Find out if YouTube is blocked.
If you can play the video below, then you will be able to view any YouTube videos that are in your course. If you do not see a video below, then YouTube is probably blocked in your school and you will need to let your teacher know. Your teacher should then contact the district's tech department. This is only an adjustment that your school district can make.
Once you have completed each of these steps successfully, your computer will be ready for your online class!