Technical help

Contents

  1. Can I use print versions of units of work?
  2. How do I download and use HTML versions of units of work?
  3. Is there help for people with disabilities using this site?
  4. What can I do if Global Words doesn’t display well on my computer?
  5. Can I access the IWB activities without SMART software?

 

Can I use print versions of units of work?

Yes — the units of work have been designed so that you can print all the pages individually, if a print copy is needed for reference — and so long as  you consider the environment before you print!  You will see on printed pages, when printing from screens in units of work, that links are all given footnotes that provide the URL for each link.

You can also download Word versions and PDFs of the units of work from the front page of each unit or from the Resources page. Using the .doc file format, rather than the more recent .docx format, helps ensure that people without newer .xml based versions of Word are still able to use the files. If you have .docx, the files work in ‘compatibility mode’ for the purpose of reading and writing (if for instance, you wish to add references or customise the Word file for your own purposes). Keep in mind that the digital (HTML) versions have more functionality, and are able to be updated, so using and visiting the online resource, or printing from screens, will ensure you have the latest version and don’t miss out on any new or interactive content that only exists in the online version.

PDF versions of the file will print more exactly to the set format, but are not as easily editable. Most people have Adobe reader for PDF files on their computers, if you don’t have it you can download Adobe Reader for free. The units have been saved for Adobe 9.0 and later, to reduce the file sizes, so you may need to update your version of Adobe Reader.

How do I download and use HTML versions of units of work?

HTML version of units of work download as .zip files and the operating systems on more recent computers will automatically unzip those files for you, contained in a folder, ready to use. If you have trouble with .zip files, you might download software for Windows or Mac operating systems.

Access the HTML units of work by double-clicking on the index.html file within the folder. They will open in a web browser, and can be edited with a program such as Adobe Dreamweaver. Downloading HTML files may be useful to then customise them for your own purposes and use in class, or you might use the template to add your own content for a unit of work to contribute to Global Words. Go to the contribute page for more information. For normal use, it is best to access the units online to ensure you have the latest version and don’t miss out on any new or interactive content that only exists in the online version.

Is there help for people with disabilities using this site?

A range of adaptive technologies can be used to enhance your access to information on this site. These include equipment which is purpose-built or modified to help people with disabilities to access the web. For more information on adaptive technologies visit the Option Keys website.

What can I do if Global Words doesn’t display well on my computer?

You might try upgrading or customising your browser. If you are using an older browser you should upgrade to a newer version. Newer browsers include more accessibility and usability features. These upgrades are free. Information on upgrading is available from http://www.download.com/. This site has useful upgrade information on Internet Explorer, Firefox and other browsers, with details on version, release date, file size, system requirements and download time.

You can also customise a web browser to control how it displays information. This includes changing the body text font type and size, foreground and background colours, and using keyboard shortcuts. For more information on how to customise your Internet Explorer browser look up ‘Internet options’ in the Help index in Internet Explorer’s Help menu. If you are on another browser look up something similar in the Help index.

Can I access the IWB activities without SMART software?

Yes. SMART provide a free online version of their software that allows you to view Notebook files once you have downloaded them to your computer. You can also download a free file viewer (PCs only).

Files with the extension .notebook are container files that can contain many different types of data such as audio, video, text and/or images, generally used in an educational environment through the use of SMART Notebook white-boarding software. The Global Words .notebook files are zipped to make it easier to download them. We have also provided PDF versions of the .notebook files in units of work.