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Safari Montage - PowerPoint


									Your Presenter Today Is:
            Bill Groth
         Department of Technology,
    Library Automation Support Specialist
            Email –
• Todays Agenda
 • Part I
    • Background Information About Safari Montage
    • Information Related to Safari Calls to the CSC
    • Procedures and Additional Resources
 • Part II
    • Usage Information
    • Basic “How-To” information for this software.
• Part I - Background
  •   What Is Safari Montage?
  •   Who Can Access Safari?
  •   Who Has Been Trained?
  •   What If I Get A Safari Call?
  •   How Does One Access Safari Montage?
  •   Connectivity Issues
  •   Administrator (Principals) Rights
  •   Other Support Contacts
What Is Safari Montage?
  • Server-based streaming video delivered to school
    computer desktops, on-demand.
  • Each building has at least one Safari Server in their
    network closet.
  • The Safari server contains 1300+ digital videos
  • Each video is broken into chapters.
  • Each chapter has been indexed by grade, content
    and alignment with the MD Voluntary State
What Is Safari Montage? (continued)
• Teachers use this web-based application to create “play
  lists” of videos that are appropriate for a given unit.
• During the teaching of a unit, the play lists are used to
  quickly select and play the chosen video segments to
  reinforce, extend or remediate learning.
• Safari also contains quizzes that go with some of the
  video segments.
• Videos can be played back on a single desktop
  computer, or displayed on a large display device – a
  large CRT T/V, LCD T/V or LCD Projector.
• Appeal to Visual Learners
• Video Content is “On-Demand”
• Excellent Quality Resource
• Sustain a 21st Century Teaching &
  Learning Environment
• Simplify Copyright Management Issues
Who Can Access Safari Montage?
• Access to Safari Montage is through a standard
  web browser.
• The user must know the IP address of the local
  Safari server in their building.
• Currently, a teacher in one building cannot
  access the Safari server in another building.
• A teacher visiting another building may access
  that Safari server, provided they know that local
  server’s IP address.
Who Has Had Safari Training?
  • BCPS is providing professional hands-on training for
    up to 3 staff members from each school.
  • A standard “Train the Trainers” model was used.
  • Training consisted of:
     • Two (paid) 2 hour professional training sessions
     • One (paid) 2.5 hour session working with their school staff
  • Trainers usually included the Liaison, the Librarian
    and one other person.
What If I Get A Safari Montage Call?
  • All support issues at this time will be handled through the
    Customer Support Center.
  • Trainers or end users could call with issues or problems.
  • Please collect as much data about the issue as possible.
  • Get the standard information – used/caller id, contact phone
    number, building location, specific machine (model and Dell tag
    number) and a clear description of the issue.
  • Ask if the caller is a trainer, or if they have spoken to the
    building trainer. Note this in the description field.
  • Do Not attempt to walk a caller through a problem unless you
    feel well qualified to do so!
  • Give the caller the call reference number before hanging up.
What Happens to this Ticket?
  • All support issues at this time are being monitored and handled
    by Gary Schlimme.
  • Gary has two staff members that have been trained by Safari on
    the service and functionality of the system.
  • If the caller presses for an immediate solution, ask them to
    contact their building trainer or visit the Safari Montage web
    portal. If they are still insistent for immediate support, tell them
    you will send an email to Gary, advising him of the situation, or
    refer their call to second-level.
  • Second-level staff… At this time, Gary wants only a ticket. A
    FAQ is being created for answering standard questions, based
    on this call data. Please direct the caller to the web-portal!
  • Do Not attempt to walk a caller through a problem unless you
    feel well qualified to do so! Just get the FACTS!
What is the Safari Montage Web-Portal?
  • A special website full of information about Safari Montage.
  • This portal is maintained by Della Curtis and the Office of
    Library media Services.
  • The portal contains a special tutorial to aid users with Safari
    questions and problems.
  • The portal also contains a new FAQ link to help answer the
    latest “tricky” questions.
  • The location for the web-portal is:
  • The portal also contains access to a special e-Community where
    users can register, login and ask questions of their colleagues
    about any aspect of Safari Montage.
Accessing Safari Montage
  • Must be on the BCPS LAN
  • Need to know the IP Address of the Safari
    Server in YOUR building
  • Uses standard BCPS / LDAP login protocol
    • Light Duty Access Protocol
    • Email Username and Password
  • Most sites save access time by creating a
    desktop shortcut for Safari Montage
• To Access Safari Montage In This Building
  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Enter IP Address to THIS Safari Server:

  • At the Login Screen:
     • Enter your BCPS username and password
  • NOTE: The Safari IP Address WILL BE DIFFERENT
    when working with Safari Montage in another school.
  • Each server can handle 55 simultaneous
  • Please see the Draft handout available at the
    portal on how best to setup and display Safari
    Montage content at your school!
  • Note – this document is a “Work In Progress”
  • Updates to this document can be obtained
    from the Safari Montage Web Portal
Making Connections - Video
Making Connections… Audio

3.5 mm Mini Phone Stereo Y - Adapter

  Used to split the existing speaker port on the back of your
  computer into 2 ports. Now your monitor AND your LCD
      Projector/TV can have Audio at the same time!
Making Connections… Audio
                                                                           Length varies
                                                                           from 3 – 25
                                                                           feet. Be sure
                                                                           to check your

                                        3.5 mm Mini Stereo plug (Male) TO
                                        2 molded RCA plugs (Male – Left / Right)

Used to connect the speaker port on the back of your computer to the Audio IN ports on
your TV / Projector / or Wall Drop Box
Administrative Permissions
• Principal’s Will Soon Have Special Access
  • Usage reports for Safari Montage library
    collection development.
  • Usage logs to determine which staff members
    are accessing which video clips.
Support Contacts
  • Safari Montage Web Portal for tutorials and
  • OIT Area Resource Teachers.
  • BCPS E-mail
    • Gary Schlimme –
• Part II - Usage
  • Navigating Inside of Safari
    • Setting Preferences
    • The Safari Dashboard
    • Searching for Content
    • Playing Clips
    • Making & Using Playlists
    • Sharing Playlists
Safari Montage Dashboard
  • Navigation Bar
     • Playlists, Searching, Preferences, Etc.
  • Video Window
     • Used to preview clips and segments
  • Playlist Panels (collapsible)
     • Recent Playlists, Videos, Content & News
  • Searching Options
     • keyword, subject, standards, browse
  • Help & Tutorial
Safari Montage Dashboard (cont.)
  • Take some time to set your Preferences
    • Contact Information
    • Closed Caption Settings
    • Permanent Links
    • Whiteboard Settings
    • Search Preferences
  • Be sure to click Update in each section
    after any changes.
  • Quick Search
     • From the top of the Dashboard using pre-set preferences
  • By keyword
     • Use the Search button on the Navigation Bar
  • By state standards
     • Use the Standards button on the Navigation Bar
  • By subject search
     • Use the Subject button on the Navigation Bar
Displaying and Interpreting Results
    • Chapters
    • Ancillary materials (teacher guide,
      quizzes, images, etc.)
    • Publisher
    • Closed Captioned
Playing Video Content
    • Use the media player controls found under
      the Preview Window
    • Clips can be paused, browsed forward,
      browsed backwards or stopped.
    • The play head can be moved on the
      scrubber bar.
    • Closed Captions appear in a window below
      the Preview Window, when available (CC)
Developing Playlists
  • Setting up a new playlist
  • Saving, editing, and adding comments to
  • Make a playlist “Active”
  • Share playlists (school only)
  • Book marking a clip
Making Permanent Links
  • Copying a persistent link for playlist into a
    PowerPoint, MS Word, or html document
  • A hand-out has been prepared to assist with
    this task, which is available from the Safari
    web-portal in the Professional Development
    Materials section.
Thank you for attention today, and
   for your assistance with any
         Safari Montage
         support issues!

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