Sanako UK YouTube Videos Channel Refresh

Sanako have updated our YouTube channel with lots of new training videos and simplified the playlists by product.

The playlists are now based on the Sanako product you have installed; Study Tutor, Study Student, Pronounce Live, Pronounce, Anywhere and Lab 100.

Click here to go to the Sanako UK YouTube Channel

Most of the videos are a few minutes long and are intended to show you how to benefit from a particular feature in your lessons or learning.  If you have any requests for any other clips to be created then please let us know here at Sanako – we would love to hear from you.

Any questions – as always Sanako are happy to help uksupport@sanako.com

Sanako supports the University of Nottingham

For the second year in a row, Sanako has been pleased to sponsor the University of Nottingham’s worldwide lesson plan competition for language teachers and language professionals across the globe.

The University runs a distance learning programme working towards an MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching, which brings together theories and practice of language acquisition, technology and language teaching.

The three winning lessons plans, selected by the University of Nottingham course leaders,  are available to download from The LanguagePoint, and we send our congratulations to the winners!

  • 1st prize: Dimitra Theodosiadou – Digital Storytelling and Creative Writing
  • 2nd prize: Emanuela Leto – eCLIL in Italian
  • 3rd prize: Zoe Theodosaki – Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Sanako Study V8.20 Released

We have now released Sanako Study V8.20. This version takes another step in bringing our classroom and online learning solutions closer together as Sanako Study files can now be copied directly to Sanako Anywhere classes. Sharing files to Sanako Anywhere is the easiest way to add a true distance learning element to a Study classroom.

Additionally, this version offers new customization possibilities for teachers and the possibility to use either multicast or unicast transmission depending on the installation environment.  You can select what activities you want to show in the drop-down menu to keep things simple – show only what you want to use.  The unicast option provides a very robust and reliable alternative for wireless environments.

The download page can be found here http://software.sanako.com/study/

V8.2

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GCSE Speaking Test Preparation

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We know that the GCSE Speaking Test is changing and so we have come up with 10 tips to help your pupils develop the skills they need and build their confidence in advance of the speaking test.  Your students will benefit and they will enjoy all the varied activities from vocabulary testing, practise answers, drill-type activities, textual chat and pronunciation.  Get them learning by doing.

Make the best out of your Sanako solution by clicking on the image and reading the document.  If you need anymore help just ask us at uksupport@sanako.com

MFL speaking exam changes for 2018

2018 may seem like a long time away but it will be upon us very soon.  There are big changes to MFL speaking exam – are you ready? What are the main changes? How will the schemes of work need to be changed?

Wendy Adeniji shares her thoughts on the changes to the MFL examinations and what it means to both students and teachers. Click Focus for 2018 Article to read this insightful article.

Mandarin Chinese TTS – Voice Pack and Pronunciation

Chinese Pronounce ExampleWe are delighted to announce that we have added Mandarin Chinese TTS to our long list of language voice packs.  If you want high-quality, authentic sounding Text-To-Speech (TTS) then we have the very best.  When combined with the innovative and unique Pronounce software then it is a powerful way of improving your pronunciation skills in this sometimes difficult language.

Let us introduce you to Bin-Bin (Male) and Li-Li & Tian-Tian (Female) and let them speak to you in a real sounding voice and allow you to repeat what they say and be scored.  You will also be able to identify the areas to improve and have as many goes as you want to increase your score.

ILILC Event @ Ashcombe School

Sanako was delighted to sponsor the sixth ILILC event, which took place at The Ashcombe School in Surrey on 23 & 24th April. When Assistant Head Helen Myers asked Sanako to sponsor the event, we were only too happy to help. The conference and exhibition had spent 5 years at a different venue, and this was the first time The Ashcombe School would host.

Over 50 language teachers from around the UK and Ireland attended the event, some presenting ideas themselves, others there to pick up useful tips and meet up with virtual friends in real life. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, and it was great to see lots of familiar faces and to get to know others

Search on Twitter for the hashtag #ililc6 to get a flavour of the event and for links to delegates’ blog posts – plans are already underway for next year, so watch out for details!

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Changing the Tutor Configuration path in Study

When Study is installed the default path for the Study Tutor to look for the Tutor Configuration files (the .TCF files for each teacher) is set to C:\ProgramData\Sanako\Study\Tutor.  You can check the location by selecting the Tools – Preferences – Login tab from the Tutor software menu as shown below.

Tutor config path greyed outBy default, the CHANGE option is greyed out.  The easiest way to point the Tutor software to the previously created Tutor configuration files is to do the following.

Open the Tutor.Settings file located in the C:\ProgramData\Sanako\Study\Tutor directory using NOTEPAD and edit the TutorConfPath value as shown below.

TutorConfPath value

For example the path to the shared network folder might be something like \\server\languages\sanako\tutor_configs

When you now start the Tutor software you will see the list of Tutors previously saved – ensure the “Request Tutor login at Startup” is ticked in the Preferences.

 

Study Wake-On-LAN

Study allows the teacher to switch on all the student PCs so that the students can then enter the room and simply login to start the lesson.

The following points must become true before Wake-On-LAN (WOL) can work:

– Tutor class file must contain the correct student MAC addresses

– WOL must be enabled in all the Student PC BIOS

– WOL must be enabled in all the Student PC Network Interface Card (NIC) card power settings via Device Manager/Properties of the NIC

– Student PC NIC LEDs must light or flash when switched OFF – this is a fundamental requirement and if this is not the case then the WOL will not work.

You can check the Student MAC addresses by looking at the Tutor class file (CCF) or TemplateClass file (CCT).  These files are located in the folder defined in the Tutor – Preferences section of the teacher software as shown below.

Class directory location

 

The folder path may vary for all the different teacher logins?

Study audio device and levels

In order to ensure that the audio in your lesson is of the highest quality and consistent across the whole room then the audio device and levels are controlled via .XML files as explained below.

The XML files are located in the C:\Users\Public\Documents folder for Windows 7,8 and 10 installations.

  • At every student position, the file is called STUDY_STUDENT_AudioDeviceAssociations.xml
  • At every tutor position, the file is called Tutor_AudioDeviceAssociations.xml

Both files are very similar in content but obviously relate to the different roles of student and teacher installs.

The contents of a typical XML audio file is shown below with some explanations added in red text below.  Click on the image to see a full size view.

XML file

  • The <DeviceName> value will refer to the full name of the sound card you are using e.g. the on-board device or perhaps a USB headset?
  • The <Volume> level value will be between 0 and 1 and corresponds to the slider level e.g. 0.5 equals 1/2 way volume.
  • The <Sidetone> value will depend on whether you sound card or headset supports this feature i.e. when you speak can you hear yourself?  If your audio device does not support this feature then changing the values to say 1 will have no effect.

All these levels can be set or altered by running the Sound Settings wizard from the Tools menu in the software.

You can set the files to be READ ONLY if you do not want the students or teachers to change these levels – they will be able to alter the overall playback volume to suit their taste but any student/teacher communication audio levels will be at the levels in these files.