Technical demands of the workplace

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Dear friend,

We would like to make your studies at iErudite school not only useful but also comfortable. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the organization of your workplace and preparation for the classes. Let's see what you'll need for this.

  1. Desktop or laptop computer
  2. Monitor and screen resolution
  3. Microphone
  4. Speakers
  5. Web-camera
  6. Keyboard and its Layout
  7. Lighting
  8. Software
  9. Internet connection

1. Desktop or laptop computer

No doubts, you've got one :0) We don't make any special demands of it. It is even of no importance what operating system is installed on your computer as the programmes that we use in our work are supported by most popular operating systems (such as Windows, Linux, MacOS). Nevertheless, make sure that you've got:

  1. Operable jack for external microphone connection.
  2. Operable jack for acoustic speakers connection.
  3. Operable USB-connection for web-camera (in case it is not integrated)

Operable Internet cable connection or operable WiFi, if you use this wireless technology.

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2. Monitor and screen resolution

We are sure that you have got a good monitor, that's why we won't advise you anything concerning this matter. However, if you have got two monitors at home (or, say, a desktop monitor and a laptop monitor), you'd better use the one that has longer diagonal and the possibility of bigger horizontal resolution setting.

Screen resolution required for the training is 1024x768 pixels, recommended resolution is 1280x1024 pixels for the monitor with 19'' diagonal. In case you have a wide-screen monitor choose the resolution setting close to the recommended. Probably your monitor and video card have bigger resolution, but if the diagonal of the monitor is 19'' we'd recommend you to set the above-mentioned parameters, otherwise, it would be difficult for you to read and perceive the text on the screen.

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3. Microphone

You'll certainly need a microphone to communicate with us. It may well be that you have already got a microphone in your headset, an intergrated microphone or an external one without a support. Unfortunatelly, they won't suit you. The first one will prevent you from moving freely, because of its wire. The second one won't transmit your voice clearly enough. You'll have to hold the third one in your hand.

That's why we recommend you to use a microphone with a support. It can be of a simple model, the most important thing about it is that it should stably stand on the desk surface. We recommend you to place it somewhere between the monitor and the keyboard.

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4. Speakers

Now that you have the microphone we can hear you pretty well. However, it is important for you to hear what the teacher says to you. :0) Besides, most of the chapters contain animations accompanied with music and speech and also some audios necessary for your training.

Probably you have already got excellent headphones and you are going to use them during your training. However, we'd like to prevent you from doing that. The wire of the headphones won't let you move freely and it is obviously more pleasant to make yourself comfortable in an armchair or a chair, being sure that the communication with the teacher won't be interrupted because of the headphones that have suddenly fallen down on the floor. That is why we strongly recommend you to use the speakers. Anyway, you can choose other sound systems that can be more professional.

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5. Web-camera

So, now you can hear us and we can hear you. But still there is something that has escaped our attention. Ah! We can't see you yet! :0) That means that you'll need a web-camera. Let's see what camera in particular. It should show you sitting in front of the monitor in such a way that we could see your face and not your right ear or the back of your head :0) For this you'll need the camera that could be attached to the upper part of the monitor.

If you have a CRT monitor (the one with wide back part), you'd better choose the camera that could be simply placed on the top of the monitor. Slightly turn it down so that it looks directly at you. In case it seems to you that the camera doesn't stand stably enough, try to stick it with the double-sided sticky tape. (the chewing gum you are thinking about won't suit us! :0)

If you have an LCD monitor or a laptop without a camera you won't be able to place a camera onto it because such monitors are as a rule quite slender. In that case you'll need a web-camera with a special fastening for LCD monitors.

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6. Keyboard and its Layout

Starting with the first chapters you'll get some homework to do that'll include some writing using the Russian alphabet.

At first we thought that it would be convenient to make a virtual keyboard on our site, where you could choose a necessary letter by clicking it with the mouse. But then we came to the conclusion that it would be more useful for you to learn to type (and even practise your handwriting!) in Russian. We hope that you'll like it more than simply clicking the mouse. After all, it's interesting to learn that if you switch to the Russian layout and press "F" key you'll see the first letter of the Russian alphabet - "A" on the screen!

"Interesting," — would you say. "But how can I get to know on what keys all other letters of the alphabet are laid?" Of course, it's difficult to see at once. :0) We'll for sure help you. First of all, look at the picture below. In the picture you see the keyboard layout with the English and Russian letters on it. (Don't you believe that in Russia all keyboards are bilingual!)

Secondly, we recommend you to buy a sheet of white self-adhesive paper. Will you cut 33 squares of a small size of it (so that this square doesn't cover the English letter on the keys of your keyboard).

Then write a Russian letter with a soft-tip pen or a marker on each square assigned to it and let it dry up. If you don't know the Russian alphabet yet, simply copy the letters from the picture. Now that you've done all that work, stick each square to its place as shown in the picture. The Russian layout is ready!

To see the Russian letters on the screen you should install the Russian layout on your computer. We'll give you the instructions that will help you for such operating systems as Windows, Linux and Mac OS. If you are not sure that you can do this on your own, ask your parents to help you or send a request to our technical service: support@ierudite.com. We'll help you!

Instruction for Windows XP

  1. Press "Start" button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Choose menu item "Control Panel".
  3. Choose menu item "Regional and Language Options".
  4. Jump to "Languages" bookmark.
  5. Press "Details" key on the panel "Text services and input languages".
  6. The window "Text services and input languages" opens.
  7. If you see "Russian language" on the panel of installed services, that means that the layout is already installed. Press "Key Settings" button to see or set the shortcut that will allow you to switch to the Russian layout.
  8. If there is no Russian language on the panel "Installed services", press "Add" button. In the opened window choose Russian as the input language and "Russian (Typewriter)" as the keyboard layout. Then press "OK".
  9. You see "Russian language" on the "Installed services" panel. Now, using the "Key settings" button, set the most convenient shortcut for you to switch the layouts.
  10. Now close all the windows and try to type something like "Я - Эрудит!" in the text editor.
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Instructions for Linux KDE

  1. Press "K" button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Choose menu item "Control Center".
  3. Here choose menu "Regional and Accessibility".
  4. Then choose item "Keyboard Layout".
  5. Tick the item "Enable keyboard layouts".
  6. From the list on the left choose "Russian".
  7. Press "Add" button.
  8. To set the shortcut for switching the languages open in the same way the menu "Control Center > Regional and Accessibility > Keyboard Shortcuts". Choose "Switch to Next Keyboard Layout" and set the most convenient shortcut.
  9. Now close all the windows and try to type something like "Я - Эрудит!" in the text editor.
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Instructions for Mac OS

  1. Press "Apple" button in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Choose menu item "System preferences".
  3. Here choose the item "International".
  4. Then choose "Input Menu".
  5. Tick "Russian" keyboard in the list (but not "Russian Phonetic")
  6. Tick "Show input menu in menu bar".
  7. If everything is done correctly, you'll be able to switch the layouts by means of pressing the keys "Command" + "Space".
  8. Now close all the windows and try to type something like "Я - Эрудит!" in the text editor.
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7. Lighting

Don't you believe that sometimes we need more than just a web-camera. Especially if you are situated in a dimly lit room. :0) Even if you switch on the light but will sit with your back to it, we still won't be able to see your face. It will be only possible to discern only your silhouette. But we really want to teach YOU but not your vague shape! :0) So, if you see that the lighting is not bright enough, will you get a table lamp with a natural light bulb. That can be a movable lamp with a holder.

Fix it and direct its light a bit lower the level of your chest in such a way that its light doesn't irritate your eyes. See that the light won't be directed straight to the web-camera. We are afraid that we won't be able to stand this dazzling light show :0)

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8. Software

For the training you'll need two programmes - Internet browser and Skype.

Internet browser will help you to work with our site where you can find all the necessary training chapters. By means of the site you'll do your homework and tests, also you'll be able to comment and estimate each chapter.

We'd recommend you such Internet browsers as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, because we've successfully tested their compatibility with our site. In case you notice any functioning errors on our site, please inform us: support@ierudite.com

Skype is a free software that allows you to see and talk to its other users. That's exactly the thing that we need to arrange a videoconference communication with you! If you have never used this programme before, will you download it from the site: http://www.skype.com and then install on your computer.

We would also recommend you to invent a new nickname for Skype even if you have already got one in order to use it only for your studies at iErudite school. That'll be a nickname that will have its personal teacher in the contact list (or maybe also other members of iErudite school) but won't be used by other people who may interfere with your studies. We suggest that you should use the note ".iErudite" at the end of the nickname not to mix all the nicknames that you have got. For example the boy whose name is Misha Petrov can choose a nickname like "MishaPetrov.iErudite" or "mpetrov.iErudite".

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9. Internet connection

If you are reading this site we may come to the conclusion that you have already got the access to the Internet and that's great. Please, don't forget that for the training you will also need a microphone and a web-camera. That means that rather big data volume will be transferred through your Internet channel.

So, make sure that:

  1. You have an unlimited access to the Internet. In case you pay for each MB, please take into consideration that one academic hour of studying (45 minutes) takes about 200 MB of the traffic.
  2. Real (not announced by the provider) data transfer rate is not lower than 100 KB (800 Kbit) per second. This transfer rate provides real-time video and audio information exchange. You can check your transfer rate here: http://speed.yoip.ru
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Oh! You have already done all the things?
Congratulations! Now you are ready to begin your studies at iErudite school!