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Measured Progress ©2013 1 MeCAS Online Science 2014 Technology Coordinator Training Module
Measured Progress ©2013 2 Training Topics Help Desk Information About the MeCAS Online Science Pilot and Operational Tests Technology Coordinator Responsibilities Training and Administration Materials iTest System Components – DAS iTest System Components – PTW iTest System Components – STW Downloading and Installing the STW Technical Requirements Starting the STW Test Session Basics
Measured Progress ©2013 3 Help Desk Information Maine Service Center For questions about the MeCAS Online Science administrations, contact: Phone: 1-866-615-2745 Email Address: email@example.com@measuredprogress.org Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Measured Progress Technical Product Support For questions relating to the iTest software or for any technical issues, contact: Phone: 1-888-465-2740 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org@measuredprogress.org Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 7 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Measured Progress ©2013 4 About the MeCAS Online Science Tests The intent of the pilot is to: Test the online system in your school Train staff on the iTest online system Qualify your school for operational testing Test Windows Test Sessions Pilots: 1 session each Operational High School: 3 sessions Operational Grade 8: 4 sessions Name of TestGradesDAS Open and Pilot Test AvailableDAS Open and Operational Test Available MeCAS Online Science Pilot Tests Grade 8 and High School January 27 - February 14, 2014NA MeCAS Online Science Test High SchoolMarch 17 - March 21, 2014March 24 - April 4, 2014 MeCAS Online Science Test Grade 8April 28 - May 2, 2014May 5 - 16, 2014
Measured Progress ©2013 5 Technology Coordinator Responsibilities Confirm all test specifications have been met for all computers to be used during test administration. Install the Student Test Workstation (STW) onto each student computer that will be used for testing. Utilize the training materials to learn about the system and how the workstations interact. Confirm the Proctor Test Workstations (PTWs) have wired connections and there is one PTW per test administrator per classroom. Just prior to testing, assist with opening Student Test Workstations (STWs) on the student laptops. Assist the Test Coordinator and Test Administrator with technological issues during testing.
Measured Progress ©2013 6 Training and Administration Materials Go to iservices.measuredprogress.org, select Maine from the drop- down menu and click Enter, click on Online Science Materials, then click on MeCAS Online Science Materials to access:iservices.measuredprogress.org Technical Requirements User Guide Quick Start and Quick Reference Guides Online Test Administration Manuals Test Coordinator Training Module Technology Coordinator Training Module Test Administrator Training Module STW/PTW Interaction Video Student Training Module These materials will also be available from the Data Administration System (DAS) during the science test administrations windows.
Measured Progress ©2013 7 iTest System Components Three web-based components: Data Administration System (DAS) http://mecas.measuredprogress.org/das/ Used by Test Coordinator to manage test administrator accounts and student rosters and to access Test Status reports Proctor Test Workstation (PTW) http://mecas.measuredprogress.org/tds/proctor Used by Test Administrators to manage administering tests to students Student Test Workstation (STW) Software used by students to take the test Must be installed on each student computer used for testing NOTE: Installers are available on http://iservices.measuredprogress.org for Microsoft Windows and 2012 or previous MLTI Macintosh laptops. 2013 MLTI Macintosh laptop users should access the installer through the Casper Self Service Suite.http://iservices.measuredprogress.org
Measured Progress ©2013 8 iTest System Components – DAS Data Administration System (DAS): Accessible at URL: http://mecas.measuredprogress.org/dashttp://mecas.measuredprogress.org/das Requires a login – Test Coordinator / Test Administrator (login information is sent to the school principal) Manage staff data – Test Administrator accounts are manually added by the Test Coordinator Manage student data – students are loaded by MeCAS for each school but can also be manually added or removed Print Student Login Tickets Access Test Status Report Access documentation and other resources during test administration windows
Measured Progress ©2013 9 iTest System Components – PTW Proctor Test Workstation (PTW): Accessible at URL: http://mecas.measuredprogress.org/tds/proctor http://mecas.measuredprogress.org/tds/proctor Requires a login – created by the Test Coordinator in the Data Administration System (DAS) Used to open, close, pause, and monitor tests and test sessions One PTW must be open in each classroom during testing The PTW should be a wired (not wireless) machine during testing as disconnection or lapse in connection of the PTW will also disconnect students from the test
Measured Progress ©2013 10 iTest System Components – STW Student Test Workstation (STW) software: STW creates Kiosk mode – Students cannot access other applications Must be installed on each student computer used for testing NOTE: Installers are available on http://iservices.measuredprogress.org for Microsoft Windows and 2012 or previous MLTI Macintosh laptops. 2013 MLTI Macintosh laptop users should access the installer through the Casper Self Service Suite.http://iservices.measuredprogress.org Browser-based software Uses Firefox Portable Kiosk (FPK) NOTE: Installed as part of STW. Requires opening of the STW kiosk to bring students to the student login page Requires a student login – Student Login Tickets are created within the Data Administration System (DAS) Students enter the Test Access Code provided by the proctor to access the tests
Measured Progress ©2013 11 Downloading the STW To download the STW from Measured Progress iServices: Go to: http://iservices.measuredprogress.orghttp://iservices.measuredprogress.org From the contract drop-down menu, select Maine and clickEnter On the next screen, click the Online Science Materials button On the next screen, click the MeCAS Online Science Materials link Click the Technology button Save this page to your Favorites or Bookmarks if desired
Measured Progress ©2013 12 The Technology page is also accessible from the DAS home page during the test windows In order to access the DAS, a Technology Coordinator must have a Test Administrator account created by the principal or test coordinator at the school The Technology page is always available via iServices Downloading the STW
Measured Progress ©2013 13 From the Technology page, download the STW files and instructions for Windows or Macintosh NOTE: Schools using 2012 or previous MLTI laptops can use the installers on the Technology page. Schools using 2013 MLTI laptops should access the STW installer through the Casper Self Service Suite. Downloading the STW
Measured Progress ©2013 14 Windows The STW is packaged within an.MSI (Microsoft Installer) package The applications can be downloaded once and then distributed to computers within a computer lab or media center: Download the.MSI to a shared drive; push to student computers and run through the installation dialog USB flash drives, if only downloading to a few computers If desired, the.MSI can be pushed to student computers as silent or unattended installs – please refer to the installation guide Installing the STW – Windows
Measured Progress ©2013 15 Macintosh The STW is packaged for both single installations and for distribution via ARD (recommended) The installation creates a user profile on the Macintosh computer If not using ARD, the applications can be downloaded once, and then distributed to computers within a computer lab or media center: Shared drives or intranet sites USB flash drives, if only downloading to a few computers NOTE: Schools using 2012 or previous MLTI laptops can use the installers on the Technology page. Schools using 2013 MLTI laptops should access the STW installer through the Casper Self Service Suite. Installing the STW – Macintosh
Measured Progress ©2013 16 Installing the STW – Casper Suite Please call the Apple Help Desk at: 1-800-919-2775 code: 4MLTI (46584)
Measured Progress ©2013 17 Technical Requirements Network-level technical requirements: Proxies, firewalls, or other internet content filtering devices or packages must allow access to the measuredprogress.org domain for any computers accessing the DAS, PTW, or STW IP address of Measured Progress web server: 126.96.36.199 SSL must be enabled (port 80 and 443)
Measured Progress ©2013 18 Technical Requirements – DAS or PTW Technical requirements for computers accessing the DAS or PTW: Macintosh: OS 10.5.8, 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.4 Macintosh browser: Safari 5 or 6, or Firefox 17 ESR Maine MLTI computers are certified (MLTI III 2012) Macintosh Note: Not yet certified to run the PTW or DAS from iPads Windows: XP SP3, Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1 Windows browser: IE 7, 8, 9, 10 or Firefox 17 ESR
Measured Progress ©2013 19 Technical Requirements – STW Technical requirements for student computers (STW): Maine MLTI computers are certified (MLTI III 2012) Macintosh browser: None required – FPK installed as part of STW Macintosh Note: Not yet certified to run the STW from iPads General: 1 GB or greater; 2 GB or greater for some configurations and 64-bit operating systems NOTE: Please refer to the Technical Requirements document for full details
Measured Progress ©2013 20 Starting the STW Open the student kiosks to display the student login page by completing the following: For students using Macintosh Log into the Macintosh computer: If students are using a kiosk that was installed in 2013-14, use user name: mpsc_01 and password: secure If students are using a kiosk that was installed prior to 2013-14, use user name: NECAP and password: P@t3ll@ Open the Applications folder from the dock and launch the Portable Firefox Kiosk application Once testing is complete, each Macintosh computer should be logged out / logged in under its normal account For students using Windows Double-click the STWKiosk icon on the desktop Click Accept if prompted to view and accept the certificate Students will log into the STW using their Student Login Tickets.
Measured Progress ©2013 21 Test Session Basics
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