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SMART User Guide

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 Contents

Installation Guide..............................................  3
Getting Started.................................................  3
Manufacturer's Software...................................  3
LearningStation Response Bridge.....................  4
LearningStation Response Client......................  7
Assessment Delivery via SMART Devices..............  9
To Begin...........................................................  9
Group Test....................................................... 11
Display Options................................................ 11
Student Responses.......................................... 11
Student Results................................................ 11
Class Results.................................................... 12
Class Answers.................................................. 12
Correct Answer................................................. 12
Pause............................................................... 13
Help.................................................................. 13
Test Results...................................................... 13
Self-Paced Test................................................ 14

Installation Guide

 

The LearningStation Response Client allows customers to leverage the latest clicker technology with our award winning assessment for learning application.  Deliver formative assessments to your students in a fun and engaging environment. 

The LearningStation Response Client is currently available for CPS, Smart, and Promethean response devices in a Windows environment. (See the Promethean or CPS Response Device user guide to learn more about the Promethean and CPS Devices)

 

The installation instructions must be completed before beginning.  They are a one-time installation requirement only. 

There are three separate applications/plug-ins required:

  • Manufacturer specific software
  • LearningStation Response Bridge
  • LearningStation Response Client

The following installation guide focuses on the installation instructions for Smart devices specifically.

NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOT TURN ON YOUR CLICKER DEVICES UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO

Getting Started

  • Log-in to your active subscription.  Please see your System Administrator or contact our support team if you need assistance with the URL, Username, SubscriptionID, and/or Password.  
  • Click Settings under Tasks

Manufacturer's Software

  • Click Smart Response to navigate to the SMART Tech website where you will download the SMART software

  • Download the Smart Response 2010 Software SP1 using the directions below
NOTE: IF YOU ALREADY HAVE SMART RESPONSE SOFTWARE ON YOUR COMPUTER, THEN YOU MUST UNINSTALL THE OLD VERSION AND RE-INSTALL 2010 SOFTWARE SP1 (v3.0.256.1). OLDER VERSIONS ARE NOT SUPPORTED WITH LEARNING STATION’S ASSESSMENT PLATFORM
  • Under the section labeled Smart Response interactive response system click on Choose version

  • From the drop down menu select Smart Response 2010 Software SP1 for Windows
  • Click on the Downloads link towards the bottom of the page

  • Click the Download link to the right of the software labeled Smart Response2010 Software service pack 1
  • Fill in the information required by Smart Technologies and click Start Download
NOTE: THE SMART RESPONSE SOFTWARE IS A LARGE FILE (~475MB). DEPENDING ON YOUR CONNECTION SPEED, IT COULD TAKE SOME TIME

Now that the download for the SMART Response device software and drivers is complete, we will now install this software. Remember, this is a one-time only installation.

  • Select Run when clicking on the download link for the SMART Response Device software

Users may elect to save the file to their local hard drive and install the application by launching the *.exe file once the file is downloaded.  Depending on your internet connection and download speeds, it may be faster to save and launch the executable.

  • Select Launch or double-click the downloaded file to launch the installation program
  • If prompted with a security warning, click Run
  • An installation wizard will appear
  • Follow the steps as they appear on screen

 

  • Click Next
  • Choose I Accept the Terms… and click Next

  • Click Next
  • Click Next
  • Enter your Customer Information and your Product Key if you were given one by Smart (optional) and click Next
  • Uncheck the box to elect NOT to install the 30-day trial of the Smart Notebook Math Tools, unless you would like to do so.
  • Click Next
  • Choose which clicker devices you will be using. If you are using multiple devices, click the radio button next to Any SMART Response Clicker

  • Click Next
  • Uncheck the gallery collections to elect NOT to install them. These are not required for the use of the clicker devices
  • Click Next
  • Choose additional languages and click Next
  • Click Install

The installation will now begin. You can watch the progress of the installation in the window. It can take several minutes to complete the installation. This is a one-time only install.

If prompted with a message that a SMART interactive product could not be found, choose No, unless you will be using a Smart Board to deliver the assessment using the clicker devices. Choosing Yes will start the Smart Interactive Product Connection Wizard.

  • Click Finish to complete

The last step needed to use your SMART Response devices is to configure/create a class within the SMART Teacher Tools application. This step is important in that this will be the classroom name that your student’s will join, or register to, when taking an assessment. This does NOT have to be the same class name as your classes within TestBuilder. Also, this will NOT affect your student’s data when uploading your results to your Reports page. Your Smart Response device will not function with LearningStation’s assessment software properly without completing these steps to create your class. This can be called whatever you would like, however it is recommended that you use your last name in order to keep the classroom names unique.

  • Single-click or right-click the SMART Response icon  and click the link under Configure Devices

  • Enter in the information in the Teacher Tools window (the only required information is the classroom name)

 

  • Click Save
  • Select a filename and a location and click Save
  • Add additional classes if necessary. Once complete, you may close this window by clicking the   in the top right corner of the window

Move on to installing the LearningStation Response Bridge.

 

LearningStation Response Bridge

  • Click LS Response Bridge located in step 2 on the Settings page of Test Builder

  • Click Run

  • Click Run

  • Click Accept

  • Click Install

  • Once the installation is complete, the following window will appear.  

  • Return to the Settings screen within LearningStation’s assessment application

LearningStation Response Client

  • Click Install Now located in the LearningStation Response Client icon under step 3.

  • Click Open

  • Click Install

  • Ensure the 3 Installation Preferences check boxes are selected
  • Click Continue

  • Click I Agree

  • A message will appear, “Download an .lst file…” 
  • Click OK—this message will have importance later

NOTE:  WHEN ALL THREE STEPS ARE COMPLETE, SAVE ALL OPEN WORK, CLOSE ALL OPEN APPLICATIONS, AND RESTART YOUR COMPUTER. 

Once your computer has restarted, plug in your SMART hub to a USB port on your computer. The hub will be automatically installed onto your computer.

Then, start the LearningStation Response Bridge.

  • HINT!

    CREATE A SHORTCUT FOR THE RESPONSE BRIDGE ON YOUR DESKTOP FOR EASY ACCESS, RIGHT CLICK ON THE LEARNINGSTATION RESPONSE BRIDGE IN THE START MENU, HOVER OVER ‘SEND TO’ AND CLICK ‘DESKTOP’

    Click the Windows Start button  ( or  ) and hover over Programs or All Programs
  • Click the Learning Station, Inc folder
  • Click on LearningStation Response Bridge

 

An icon in the system tray of your desktop (bottom right corner) displays the status of the Response Bridge. Once the Smart hub is connected, the icon will be green ( ) to indicate that the Smart hub and bridge are connected and ready. A  indicates that the Smart hub and bridge are not ready. Right-click on the   and click Restart Bridge to resolve.

If the icon does not turn green indicating success please contact LearningStation Support at 888-679-7058 or

lscsupport@learningstation.com

MINIMIZE this window by clicking the    in the upper right hand corner of the LearningStation Response Bridge application (do not close it). Be sure NOT to turn on your clicker devices until prompted to do so.

Congratulations.  Your system is ready to deliver assessments using student response devices.

 

 

Assessment Delivery via Smart Response Devices

The remaining portion of this user guide will provide details on delivering an assessment using the Smart response devices.  This user guide assumes an existing understanding for the use of the assessment application.  If additional information is needed on the overall features and functionality of the assessment application, please see the corresponding User Guide.

 

To Begin

NOTE: A 1 student class or a 1 question test is an unsupported configuration.

 

Log-in to your active subscription.  Please see your System Administrator or contact our support team if you need access information.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  PLEASE MAKE SURE THE LS CLIENT AND LS BRIDGE ARE RUNNING, THE SMART HUB IS PLUGGED INTO THE COMPUTER, AND THE SMART RESPONSE DEVICES HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO THE STUDENTS.  IF THE ABOVE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT RUNNING PROPERLY, YOU WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE NOTIFYING YOU TO LAUNCH THE APPROPRIATE APPLICATION WHEN ATTEMPTING TO START A TEST.

  • Locate the test to be delivered under Assignments
  • Click the appropriate class

  • Click the appropriate test name

  • From the test details screen, click Student Response Device Test under Integrated apps

  • Click Open

IMPORTANT NOTE: BE SURE THAT THE FILE IS OPENED IN THE ‘LEARNINGSTATION RESPONSE CLIENT’ PROGRAM AND NOT THE ‘ACTIVPROGESS TEST CLIENT’. IF YOU HAVE USED A PROMTHEAN CLICKER DEVICE BEFORE, THEN THE TEST MAY BE LOADED IN THE ACTIVPROGRESS TEST CLIENT RATHER THAN LEARNINGSTATION’S RESPONSE CLIENT. THE CORRECT TITLE BAR FOR THE CORRECT PROGRAM TO USE SMART DEVICES IS SHOWN BELOW.

               

If your file loaded into the correct program as shown above you may skip these next steps and continue with the next page. If not, follow these steps to ensure the test is loaded into the correct program.

  • Locate the folder on your computer that the test key (the file that is downloaded when Student Response Device is selected) was downloaded to. In most cases it will be the Downloads folder on your hard drive, or the desktop. If unsure, and Firefox was used to download the file, open up your Firefox web browser, select the Tools menu from the top menu options, and select Downloads
  • This window shows you what files have been downloaded onto your computer. In the example for this guide the file downloaded was named ‘MathNoTF.lst’ as shown below

  • If you right-click this file and select Open Containing Folder you will be taken to the location on your hard drive where the file exists
  • Once the file is located, right click the file. An example is shown below for the same file that has been used in this guide. (The extension for the filename will end in ‘.lst’)

  • After right-clicking the file, choose the ‘Open with…’ option and be sure that LearningStationResponseClient.exe is selected
  • This can also be changed by setting LearningStationResponseClient to the default program under the same ‘Open with…’ option

 The test will begin to load.  When the loading is complete, the screen will include a summary of the test selected (Assignment Name, Test Name, Teacher Name, Class)

  • Have the students turn on the response devices
  • Click Begin registration

 

After clicking Begin Registration you will see two boxes pop up, separated by a few minutes, in the bottom right corner of your desktop. The first box is yellow and notes that the SMART Response device is starting….

The second pop up is blue and notes that the SMART Response is ready to use and it is safe to turn on the clickers…

 

NOTE: YOUR STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ‘JOIN THE CLASS’ UNTIL AFTER YOU SEE THE BLUE POP UP WINDOW. AFTER CLICKING ON ‘BEGIN REGISTRATION’ IT IS IMPORTANT TO WAIT FOR THIS BLUE POP UP WINDOW TO HAVE THE STUDENTS ‘JOIN THE CLASS’ BEFORE USING THEIR SMART RESPONSE DEVICES

 

  • A list of students enrolled in the class will be listed.  Each student should enter their registration letter on their response device

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE REGISTRATION PROCESS WILL BE SEEN ON THE SMART CLICKER DEVICES AS A QUESTION. DO NOT CONFUSE THIS WITH QUESTION NUMBER 1 AS IT IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR THE STUDENTS PRIOR TO THE ASSESSMENT STARTING

 

  • When a student registers, their name and registration letter will turn grey.  If a student is having difficulty or keys their information incorrectly, the registration process can be restarted.  Simply click Restart registration

  • Once all students have signed in, you can begin a group test or a self-paced test

 

Group Test

A group test means all the students will answer the question(s) before the next question is displayed. 

  • For a group test, click Begin a group test
  • The first question in the test will be displayed.  Student(s) enter their answers on the devices and press send

Display Options

There are several screen display options which can be utilized by the instructor as the test is administered.  Down the left side, the instructor can view various answer distribution data for each question.   

Student Responses:
  • All the students who registered will be displayed.
  • As students answer the questions, a check mark will appear by their name.

Student Results:
  • Student(s) who answered correctly will be indicated by a green check mark
  • Student(s) who answered incorrectly will be indicated by a red dash

Class Results:
  • The answer distribution across the distracters will be displayed.  In this example, 1 student answered option A and 1 student answered option B.

Class Answers
  • The percentage of correct and incorrect answers selected will be displayed.

If the instructor does not want the students to see this information, this window can be minimized.

  • Click the arrow to open and close the window pane.  As students select their answers, check marks will continue to be displayed.  In a group test setting, the instructor needs to know when all the students have answered the question before moving to the next question.

On the right side of the display, additional options are available.

Correct Answer

  • Click the green check mark to display the correct answer.  The correct answer will be highlighted for the students to view.  A check mark will appear next to the correct answer and the correct distracter will be bolded.

Pause 

  • Click the monitor icon to pause the test.  The question will be hidden from student view.  To resume the test, click the Resume test button

Help

  • Select for additional information.  The help information changes for varying screens, providing users specific detail about the screen in view.  These are mini-help files to guide a user through the application and are not intended to be fully descriptive.   

Once all the students have responded and the necessary answer distributions have been reviewed, click Next.   A previous button and progress bar are provided as well.  Continue to the end of the test in the manner described above.  When the final question has been answered, click the ‘Complete’ button

Test Results

Once the test has been completed, a summary page will appear providing aggregate student data. 

  • The chart in the upper left displays the percentage of correct and incorrect answers per question. 
  • The chart in the lower left displays the answer distribution across the distracter options. 
  • In the following example, all students answered question 4 incorrectly and all students selected option D as their response. 

  • To review the question, click the question number in either chart. 
  • In the following example, question number 4 was selected.  The question and correct answer are displayed. 

 

  • The chart on the upper right indicates how many students got how many questions correct.  It represents a bell curve for correctly answered questions across the test.
  • The y-axis represents the count of students and the x-axis represents the number of correct answers.
  • In the example, no students got zero questions correct, no students got one question correct, two students got two questions correct, no students got three questions correct, etc.
  • In the lower right, click ‘Process Results’

NOTE:  THE ‘PROCESS RESULTS’ BUTTON MUST BE SELECTED IN ORDER TO SAVE STUDENT RESULTS IN THE ASSESSMENT APPLICATION.  THE ASSESSMENT APPLICATION PROVIDES ADDITIONAL STUDENT DATA ACROSS MULTIPLE TESTS, CLASSES, AND INDICATORS TESTED.  THE ASSESSMENT APPLICATION WILL NOT INCLUDE STUDENT RESULTS FROM DEVICE-DELIVERED ASSESSMENTS IF THE RESULTS ARE NOT PROCESSED. 

  • Click View results to be directed to the assessment application for additional reporting details.

Self-Paced Test

A self-paced test allows students to answer the questions at their own speed.  The test is printed and distributed to the students.  Students still answer the questions using their response devices.  The questions are no longer displayed for all to view.      

  • After the students have registered their devices, click Begin a self-paced test
  • Student pace and current results are monitored by the instructor.  

Once all the students have answered all the questions, click End this Test’

  • The test results page will be displayed.
  • ClickProcess results
  • For more information on test summary details, please see the Test Results section above
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