Technical
Course Delivery
eAcademy uses web-based course management systems (Moodle or Edgenuity) to deliver course content. Courses are designed by Olathe teachers and maintained by the instructors of the various courses, are aligned with Olathe District Schools traditional classroom curriculum, and contain content that has been modified for electronic instruction. eAcademy may also integrate online course content provided by textbook companies and other curriculum vendors.
  Students are expected to provide their own computer, Internet access, and Microsoft Office software, and must have the ability to download files from the Internet and install software on their computer. Being able to manage computer software such as keeping your browser updated, controlling firewalls, turning off popup blockers, and etc., is required.    
Microsoft Word is requiredPowerPoint or Excel may be needed. Computer Essentials covers all four office applications so Access is also required for this course. Students who are not proficient with computer management, and students unskilled in handling and managing electronic files may struggle with organization.    
Students are required to use student (school) gmail accounts for all correspondence with eAcademy instructors and eAcademy staff and must be able to send and receive attachments. Generally all courses offered through eAcademy will run on standard desktop or laptop computers, and in multiple browsers.  They will not run on mobile devices such as an iPad.   Installing plugins such as Java, Flash, or Shockwave is usually necessary.  Courses occasionally use local software programs that run from software CDs, provided to students as part of their course materials. These may include instructional or tutorial applications, and text on CD. Audio or video CDs may also be provided.
Office Software
Office 365 –  All district students get Office 365 and OneDrive with 1 terabyte of online storage at no cost. Office 365 lets students install the latest version of Office on up to five personal computers or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Windows tablets, iPads, iPhones and Android phones.  More informtion can be found here.

NOTE: The Olathe School District offers this incentive to all students in the district, but cannot provide support for home installation or troubleshooting.

Browsers
eAcademy recommends the Mozilla Firefox browser to run our Learning Management Systems and multimedia. Google Chrome may work also.  Mac users should be okay with Safari.  Internet Explorer has complex security features which often block multimedia content, and is not recommended for eAcademy course work.
FirefoxDOWNLOAD   *We recommend Firefox as the best browser for our program.

Google Chrome DOWNLOAD

Computer Tune-Up
Once in a while you might visit a page that doesn’t work just right – animations, video clips, etc aren’t displaying like they should.  Installing the first three following plugins on your computer will usually fix those issues.
JavaPlease use Firefox when installing.  Visit http://java.com/ and click on Free Java Download to update the Java on your computer.   This free installation should only take a few of minutes.
Flash – Please use Firefox when installing.  Visit http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ to download and install a flash update on your computer. This free installation should only take a couple of minutes.
ShockwavePlease use Firefox when installing.  Visit https://get.adobe.com/shockwave/ to download and install a flash update on your computer. This free installation should only take a couple of minutes.
Adobe Reader allows you to read PDF files created by someone else.  It is free to DOWNLOAD and install.
Audacity software may be needed by students in courses only where voice recording is required, such as an international languages.  First install the Audacity software on your computer, free.  Close the software.   Then install the LAME encoder so you that you can export your recordings as .mp3 files.

 

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Written By: Randy Warner Date posted: May 3, 2012