Technical
Course Delivery
eAcademy uses web-based course management systems to deliver course content. The primary platforms utilized are Moodle and Edgenuity (Health). 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 some 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, etc., is required.        
Generally 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) email 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 devises such as an iPad.   Installing plugins such as Java, Flash, or Shockwave may be 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 - Students can install Office 365 on up to five personal devices, free, under the district's education account.   Details are provided in the Orientation upon starting a course, or see your school's administration for details. 
Browsers
Moodle should work in recent versions of Internet Explorer, however the security features are so complex that Internet Explorer sometimes blocks certain types of content on web pages.   As an alternative you can install Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome (both free) and try them. 
Firefox - DOWNLOAD   *We now 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.  Doing one or both of the following plugin updates on your computer will usually fix those issues.
Java - Please 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 couple 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.
Shockwave - Please 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 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