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This page is designed to help you with some of the technical aspects of the SPARKLE website.

Click on one of the following sections for downloading instructions or more information.


If you have further questions, or if you are having trouble with the SPARKLE website,
you can e-mail us at sparkle@cc.usu.edu or call the toll free number 1-888-800-1487.

Minimum Computer Requirements

To take full advantage of all aspects of the SPARKLE website, you need at least:

  1. Pentium 1 processor
  2. Color monitor, preferably set to high color
  3. Sound card & speakers
  4. 64MB of memory
  5. 56k modem
  6. Internet access
  7. Web browser
  8. DVD ROM drive
  9. QuickTime 4.0 or higher (see instructions below)
  10. Windows Media Player 7.0 or higher (see instructions below)

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Accessing the Training Units

  1. Put the DVD in the DVD ROM drive (a CD ROM drive will not work).
  2. The SPARKLE website launches automatically.
  3. You can:
    1. Browse the website, or
    2. Click "Click to go to Training Program" to access the DVD training program.
  4. After clicking "Click to go to Training Program," you need to minimize the website by clicking the minimize button in the upper right-hand corner of the window. (The DVD training program is behind the website.)
  5. You will see an introduction followed by the Main Menu.
  6. Click on an option on the Main Menu. (Deafblindness, Vision, Hearing, and Touch are the units contained on DVD #1. Concept Development is contained on DVD #2.)
  7. Continue making selections on the menus by clicking.
    1. Clicking once on a menu option highlights (in red) that option and changes the text in the text box. Clicking a second time brings up another menu with four options. From here, you can watch the training videos.
    2. When navigating through the menus, you can only navigate up or down one option from the highlighted option. For example, if "How Hearing Works" is highlighted, you can navigate to the option above it or the option below it.
  8. To return to the website at any time, click on "Click to go to Website." You may want to do this after viewing a training unit in order to browse the glossary or fill out the corresponding section of your child's profile.
  9. In order to access the Child Profile, you will have to click "Click to go to Website" and work on the website. When you're finished, you can return to the training program.
  10. When working in the website, clicking on (Show Browser Controls button) in the upper-left of the window will display browser controls (e.g., back, refresh).
  11. To end the program, click on the x (Close button) in the upper right-hand corner of the window.

    Extra Tips

  12. Be sure to give the computer time to process after inserting the DVD or after clicking on any menu option.
  13. If an interActual Player 2.0 Error comes up at any time when switching from the website to the training program or vice versa, just click on the green arrow at the bottom of the error message.
  14. If the DVD doesn't seem to be working as described above, just eject the DVD, put it back in, and start over.
  15. The DVD will also play the video portion of the training program in a DVD player hooked up to a TV.
    1. If you have a DVD player, you will only be able to access the website portion of the DVD on a PC.

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Accessing Video on Demand (VOD)

You need to have Windows Media Player or QuickTime installed on your computer to view the VOD. If you cannot view the videos, download and install one of these programs:

Windows Media Player:

If you don't have Windows Media Player installed, visit the Windows Media Player download page and download the player that is appropriate for your computer following the instructions on that page. (Make sure you choose the player that works on your type of computer and software - Mac OS9, OSX, Windows 98, Windows XP, etc.)

QuickTime:

If you don't have QuickTime installed, visit the QuickTime download page and download the player that is appropriate for your computer following the instructions on that page. (Make sure you choose the player that works on your type of computer and software - Mac OS9, OSX, Windows 98, Windows XP, etc.)


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