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First steps with the teacher-training-setup for Sanako Study 1200 v7 in a deepfrozen computer lab environment

  1. I remember a time when the vendor travelled onsite to provide faculty induction into the Sanako Lab300, they set up the student PCs with a special version of the tutor software that multiple faculty could gain hands-on experience during a workshop.
  2. I have sorely missed this facility during my own 8 years’ of experience training faculty in using the successor product, Sanako Study 1200. No longer: With Sanako 7, Sanako provides to the digital audio lab manager an installer that sets up a similar environment for faculty in a Sanako Study 1200 lab. Below are some observations how to get this to run what should be a fairly typical HE language lab environment
  3. Install, in frozen state, as admin:
    1. Uninstall Sanako student recorder from appwiz.cpl
    2. Install "S:\COAS\LCS\MYDEPT\LRC\Secure\software\Sanako\7\TeacherTrainingSETUP.EXE" (right-click, run as admin)
    3. Is mostly hands-free, but I’d prefer an MSI with a /quiet install option, then I could automate that.  
      1. One could write AutoIt script compiled to .exe that uninstalls student recorder? Need to know the msicache location ?
    4. Neither Uninstall of student recorder nor install of teacher-training-setup require a restart  -  is suitable for installation on otherwise frozen lab installation
  4. Additional setup required:
    1. I got an error about corrupt student settings file, but it worked.
    2. Loading students from "corridor"
      1. On unfrozen office computer, I got an error about student settings corrupt, but teacher could load students
      2. On frozen lab computer, I get no error, but teacher does not see students, although 5 have been started – Is an original student settings hanging around?
      3. After tutor setup (do not require tutor login) and restart, I get this error on the tutor: image
      4. And this crash of the student: image
      5. But now is see these signs of success :
        1. on student timage
        2. on tutor this : image
        3. And it works: image
    3. We have to unblock tutor in firewall twice:
      1. Initiate a screen sharing , then unblock : image
      2. For audio: initiate a model imitation with collect, then unblock.
    4. Set Collection path:
      1. Initiate a homework collection , set collect path to a suitable folder (here S:\COAS\LCS\LRC\sanako\student).
      2. Not needed for audio collection.
    5. Other observations:
      1. Uses file download, not stream audio, to students: You can see the tutor and the student applications at the same time, monitoring the effects your tutor operations would have in the classroom
        1. Why at first 2 students and then 3? image
      2. Remote control:
        1. Note that screen sharing will switch aero off on your computer
        2. Note that button:"collaborate" does weird things to your mouse, make sure you can even get back to the button:"monitor" to turn it off.
    6. Setup TeacherTrainingSETUP for each workshop participant.
      1. The msi packages contained in teacher training setup as of Fall 2013, in case you ever get around automating the installer using AutoIt that you can deploy it from teacher station instead of having to touch each machine, please share: imageimageimage

    LRC hosts help desk for students to register on their McGraw-Hill Connect online textbook website

    This special Help desk will be sign-posted in the LRC on the day of the events. For now, consult the calendar of the iMacsand Group Room1, 2 (see is the documentation:

    The big LRC SANAKO “How do I…?”

    (Work in progress).

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    Fall 2012 Faculty Workshop I: Intermediate Sanako Teaching Techniques

    1. (Being planned and scheduled, therefore this post is a work in progress, please stay tuned: ).
    2. Using the Sanako classroom management system for training (“loop induction”),
    3. we will present learning usage models, based on the work done by our language teachers in the LRC Sanako this term.
    4. We will then provide you with hands-on practice how you can do the same with the Sanako system.
    5. This will hopefully give you some ideas for for writing LRC visits into your face-to-face teaching syllabus next term.
    6. To facilitate this, we will continue with a follow-up Workshop II: Clinic, where we will help you prepare your Sanako-based learning materials for next term.
    7. You can review our past Sanako Workshops (online screencast).

    MyGermanLab shortlinks and step-by-step chapter test for GERM1201, GERM1202 classes

    1. Using Internet Explorer, go here:
    2.  Log into MyGermanLab.
    3. to open your test:
      1. Click on the assignment for today on your assignment calendar to the right: image
        1. if your test does not show as assignment in the calendar (Update for proctored make-up exam: this applies espeially to you), go to the top tab: “course materials”“. Hold the CTRL key and click on the assignment
          1. either in the list on the right or
          2. at the bottom in the list on the left.image


      1. Enter the password that you will be given during the exam in the LRC: image, hold the CTRL key and click button: “OK”.
      2. Click  button: “start”. image
      3. Click through the pages until it tells you you have “submitted” the test.
    4. to handle multimedia:
      1. Use the headsets hanging behind the screens for questions that require listening/speaking.
      2. When you load the audio player or audio recorder, you will see  a dialogue like these, click button: ”Run” or “Trust”:mylanguagelab-certificate-blackboard-wimba-20121010_110002image
      3. There is a step-by-step guide on how to record here.
      4. If you get an error for the audio recorder saying “Authentication failed”, keep calm and carry on, your recording is not lost, you only cannot review it anymore: mylanguagelab-blackboard-wimba-authentication-failed
      5. If you have a question, do not disturb others. Rather put your headsets on and get in the queue by clicking button: “Call” in this  window image. Your call will be answered shortly.
    5. Please be advised that this exam is
      1. proctored and that your screen can be seen by the proctor at any time.
      2. randomized, so that your neighbors’ screen will most likely display your current test question at a quite different time.

    Animated GIFs workflow using MS-OneNote, MS-Paint, Irfanview and UnFREEZ

    1. To keep things simple (and, at least in our work environment, free) during smaller Animated GIF projects (larger projects may warrant use of ImageMagick, scriptable image editor), you can use
      1. MS-OneNote screen clipping (configured right, it seems the fastest way to collect source material)
      2. Update: I recommend now screenshotcaptor instead, if you do screenshot projects more than  occasionally.  MS-Paint (or pretty much any image editor) to mark up your images
      3. IrfanView to batch convert to GIF: image image image
      4. UnFreez to easily create animated GIFs in differing speeds: imageimage, which can be automated.

    Shortlinks for RUSS1201, RUSS1202 classes with Sanako Study 1200










    Or use OSK:

    Protected: Spring 2012 Faculty Workshop I: How to ease your end-of-term oral assessment burden with the help of the LRC Moodle Kaltura and Sanako Study 1200 oral assessments

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