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Interface Settings

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 06:30PM UTC
Please note this article applies only to Personal, Professional, and District subscription accounts.

You can customize a student’s user interface settings to:
 
  • Display a Stop Activity button on all pages of each activity the student plays.
 
  • Select message window symbolate properties.
 
  • Set up auto-capitalize and auto speech properties.

 

  • Select the page orientation and print margins for printing activities.

These settings will permanently stay in effect whenever and wherever the student plays an activity.


Interface settings are changed through the User Settings dialog. There are two ways you can access the User Settings dialog - through the Edit link on the student profile and from the toolbar of any activity that the student is currently playing in the Boardmaker  Student Center.

NoteIf you have a Personal subscription, you must change user settings from the Student Center (see below).
 

Access the User Settings Dialog From the Student Profile:


NoteIf you have a Personal subscription, you must change user settings from the Student Center (see below).

1.  Open the Student Profile page. (Students > Student Management > My Students.)

2. Select the Student ID link of the student whose settings you want to customize. His or her Student Profile will open.

3.  Select the Edit link to the right of User Settings.

 


The User Settings dialog will open.


4. Select the Interface tab to customize the interface settings for all activities played.



 

Access the User Settings Dialog From the Activity Toolbar in the Student Center



Note:  If you have an Individual subscription, you must change user settings from the Student Center.

From any activity that the student is playing in the Boardmaker Student Center:

1.  Select the double arrow at the top left corner of the screen to open the Activity Toolbar.




2.  Select the Settings button in the Toolbar. The Settings menu will open.




3.  Select User Settings. The User Settings dialog will open.


4.  Select the Interface tab to customize the interface settings for all activities played.




 

Toolbar Settings


You can hide the Toolbar so it is not visible to the student, or you can password protect it so that the student cannot change any settings. If you password protect the Toolbar, the student will be able to open it, but he or she will not be able to access user or project settings.



 
Note:  To access the settings, the student must enter your instructor password (not his or her login password).
 

Stop Activity Button Settings


You have the option of placing a "Stop Activity" button on each page of the activities the student plays. When the button is selected, a dialog will open asking the student to confirm that he or she wants to exit the activity.





1.  Select one of the following from the Displayed When drop-down menu:
 
  • Always - Displays a Stop Activity button on each page of all the activities the student plays.
 
  • Accessible - Displays a Stop Activity button when the student’s access method is not set to Simple Touch.
 
  • Never - Never displays a Stop Activity button on any of the activities the student plays.

2.  Select one of the Location options to set the button location. Select the radio button representing the top left, top right, bottom right, or bottom left of the page.

 

Message Window Settings


Select the appropriate check boxes to customize the message window settings in the activities the student plays:



 
  • Use Symbols - Symbolate the message window text.
 
  • Auto Capitalize - Capitalizes the first word in the message window and the first word in each sentence.
 
  • Speak on Entry - Text will be spoken as it is entered.
 
  • Thick Cursor - The cursor will be wider and easier to see.
 
  • Auto Space - Automatically puts a space between each word in the message window.

 

Print Option Settings

Choose settings for printing activities.



 
  • Select Portrait or Landscape under Print Orientation.
 
  • Use the number fields under Print Margins to enter the left, right, top, and bottom print margins (in inches).

 

Editor Options Settings

Editor options should NOT be changed for the student. When changing the student's user settings, do NOT make any changes to the Editor Options portion of the User Settings dialog.

 
Important:  When you have finished customizing all the user settings (under the Interface, Access Method, Text to Speech, and Symbols and Language tabs, select Submit to save all of your settings and close the User Settings dialog. If you select Cancel, all of the changes you have made to the settings will be lost.

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