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Classtalk FAQ's Index

  1. How do I recover from a network crash, or a partial network crash?
  2. How can I get Classtalk to automatically store my Session files in a different folder?
  3. How do I export a Collected Session and open it in a spread sheet?
  4. Can my students change ports after they are already logged in?
  5. What Is Video Mirroring And How Does It Work?
  6. My PowerBook is having trouble connecting to the Classtalk network.
  7. When I start up Classtalk, and it says enter your password, I do so but it won't let me continue. What's wrong?
  8. I get a message saying; "Network can not be initialized..." What should I do next?
  9. Can I add more time to a task after its already been sent?
  10. Can students login after a task has been sent?
  11. Will Classtalk work on my PC?
  12. Do you have to be in New Tasks Mode to open a taskfile?
  13. Is there a certain limit to how many question sets I can have in a taskfile?
  14. Is it possible to be in more than one mode at the same time?
  15. I already have my roll in a computer file. Do my students have to enter all their information again through their calculators?
  16. My student wants to change their password, handle, name, etc..How can they or I do so?
  17. How many characters can a Hot Text field hold?
  18. Can you use classtalk to make diagrams?
  19. What is the maximum number of students that can log on to one student device?
  20. How do I upgrade from Classtalk 1.9.94 to 1.9.99?
  21. What's the difference between Classtalk 1.9.94 and 1.9.99?
  22. What is a "Domain Error" and why do I keep getting it?
  23. How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-83? (mac)
  24. How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-85? (mac)
  25. How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-86? (mac)
  26. How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-92? (mac)
  27. How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-83? (pc)
  28. How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-85? (pc)
  29. How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-86? (pc)
  30. How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-92? (pc)
  31. How do I transfer the Classtalk software from one Calculator to another? (TI-83)
  32. How do I transfer the Classtalk software from one Claculator to another? (TI-85/86)

 

QUESTION #1:

How do I recover from a network crash, or a partial network crash?

ANSWER:

1) Make sure there is no task running.

2) Turn off or unplug the Network power supply, wait a second, then turn it back on.

3) On the teachers computers go to "Network" in the main menu, and choose:"Reinitialize and relogin students on the TIs."

 


QUESTION #2:

How can I get Classtalk to automatically store my Session files in a different folder? I had the same students for two consecutive semesters and so just used the same Classfile. I want the session files from the second semester course to be stored in different folder however.

ANSWER:

The key to figuring this problem out is really understanding how Classtalk handles its files and what significance file names have. This can get quite complicated but in the interest of simplicity let me just say this. You can change the name of your Classfile without inadvertently changing anything else except where the Session files related to that Classfile are stored. When you start Classtalk up you must choose a Classfile and when you do Classtalk checks to see if there is a folder in your Classtalk folder with the name "SF for X" where X is the name of the Classfile. If Classtalk does not find such a folder it creates one.

So try this:

1) Quit Classtalk if it is running.

2) Look in your Classtalk folder and find the Classfile that contains the registration data for your Class. Change its name; ie From "Chemistry 1000", To "Chemistry 2000".

3) Next time you have Class, use your newly titled Classfile, ie "Chemistry 2000" and Classtalk will create a new Session file folder called "SF for Chemistry 2000" and place the session file for that day into it.

4) Later if you have any session files in the old Session File folder ie "SF for Chemistry 1000" , you can simply drag them out of that folder and put them in the new Session File folder, ie "SF for Chemistry 2000".

 


QUESTION #3:

How do I export a Collected Session and open it in a spread sheet?

ANSWER

1. Create the collected session and determine whether you want to export the entire CS or just Performance Summary.

2. Go to "File" in the main menu and choose "Export Setup." Once in the Export Setup dialogue box choose the label fields and data fields you would like to export. If you are trying to export the Performance Summary data(the attendance, participation, and total score ratios) you will have to choose the data field, "Answer". At the bottom choose "Selected Task, Selected Session", if you are just exporting the Performance Summary data. If you want to export the data from all tasks that make up the Collected session choose "All Tasks, Selected Session" . Click OK.

3. Click once on the "RECORDS Mode Panel" in the bottom right hand corner of the screen to make sure that you are in Records Mode. Use the two pop up menus in the Records mode panel to select the Session you want to export, and the Task in that Session. In the upper pop up menu choose the Collected Session. In the lower pop up menu choose "Performance Summary" unless you are exporting all of the tasks in the Collected Session in which case this step is not important.

4. Go to "File" in the main menu and choose "Export" in the dialogue box name your Export file and choose a location for it. Click on "Save".

5. Open some kind of spreadsheet program like ClarisWorks or Excel. Go to the file menu and choose "Open" . Find the file you created and open it. Some spreadsheet applications ask you more questions than others at start up(like excel). In general the default answers to all these questions are fine, however be sure to let the program know that the file is tab delimited otherwise your columns will not line up nicely.

 


QUESTION #4:

Can my students change ports after they are already logged in?

ANSWER:

Yes, as long as you have login turned on, they can relogin to another port. They can do this by physically moving their calculator to another port and then login in, or by login on with a neighbor that is already plugged into another port.

 


QUESTION #5:

What Is Video Mirroring And How Does It Work?

ANSWER:

Video mirroring is a feature provided on Macintosh PowerBook computers (it can also be used on some desktop Macintosh systems). If your PowerBook computer has an external monitor attached, you can use it to show the same images displayed on your built-in screen. This feature can be useful when you are making a presentation. When an external monitor is connected to the PowerBook computer, video mirroring is by default "off" and the system is in normal "dual-screen mode. To activate video mirroring, use the Video Mirroring Control Strip module or go to the PowerBook Display control panel. When the PowerBook is in video mirroring mode, everything displayed on the primary device (usually the internal display) is then drawn again on the external device using the Copy Bits routine (from the Quick Draw toolbox). The Copy Bits routine copies a bitmap image from one region to another. If the two display devices are at different bit depths, then the image may have to be scaled down or dithered during the Copy Bits process.

 


QUESTION #6:

My PowerBook is having trouble connecting to the Classtalk network. I keep getting a message when I start the application that tell me there is an error in serial communications.

ANSWER:

If AppleTalk is directed to the "serial/printer" port, and there is no alternative such as an "ethernet" port, then in order for Classtalk to communicate with the network via that serial port, AppleTalk must be turned off.

To turn AppleTalk off

1) Open the chooser by choosing it from the apple menu

2) Click on "Inactive" at the bottom of the dialogue box.

3) In order to make sure your change has been registered, it may be necessary to re-boot your machine.

 


QUETION #7:

When I start up Classtalk, and it says enter your password, I do so but it won't let me continue. What's wrong?

ANSWER:

If your password is not recognized it may be because the caps lock is on. Passwords are case sensitive.

If your password still doesn't work, check your instructors list file, which should be located in your Classtalk folder. Make sure your password is there. If it isn't, add 2 lines to the bottom of the file. On the first line put your name followed by a semicolon (;). On the second line put the password of your choice again followed by (;). Make sure that there are no spaces before the password or in between the password and the semicolon. Finally, increment the number in the first line of the file to reflect the new number of instructors with passwords.

 


QUESTION #8:

I get a message saying; "Network can not be initialized..." What should I do next?

ANSWER:

If you get a message saying that the network can not be initialized, check the following things:

1) Check to see if the network power supply box is on. If not, turn it on and re initialize again by choosing "Re initialize and relogin students on TIs" under "Network" in the main menu. Note: if no students are logged in or trying to log in you can just choose "Re initialize" from this menu.

2) Check to see if you are connected to the correct serial port: Macintosh systems usually have two serial ports. One designated for the printer and one for the modem. In order for Classtalk to respond, it has to be connected to the modem port.

3) If you are in the correct serial port, turn the Network box off and on again (toggle the switch on the power supply or if there is none just unplug it and plug it back in again) and then re initializing as described in step 1.

 


QUESTION #9:

Can I add more time to a task after its already been sent?

ANSWER:

To add more time to a task after it's already started, you first have to be in active tasks mode. Then, click on the grey timer next to the Hot text located above the bin color key to add as much time as you need.

 


QUESTION #10:

Can students login after a task has been sent?

ANSWER:

Yes, students can still login after a task has been sent as long as login is still open. If login expires, it's up to the teacher to open it back up. To do so, choose the login button on the tool strip.

 


QUESTION #11:

Will Classtalk work on my PC?

ANSWER:

No, The teacher's application will not work with a PC at the moment. But we do have versions of Classtalk currently available where the student devices can be PCs.

 


QUESTION #12:

Do you have to be in New Tasks Mode to open a taskfile?

ANSWER:

No. You can open taskfile from any mode, but to view, edit, or send from that taskfile you need to be in New Tasks Mode.

 


QUESTION #13:

Is there a certain limit to how many question sets I can have in a taskfile?

ANSWER:

A single taskfile can hold an indeterminate number of questions, or question sets. To make viewing your questions easier, we suggest limiting your files to 23 questions (the maximum that fit on one list-view screen). There is, however, a limit of 20 questions to each question set.

 


QUESTION #14:

Is it possible to be in more than one mode at the same time?

ANSWER:

One mode is always active while Classtalk is running, and only one mode is active at a time. It is critically important that you recognize which "mode" you are in, and are able to determine if you should be in a different "mode". The 3 modes are: "New Tasks, Active Tasks, and Records". Classtalk's functions are specific to the mode.

 


QUESTION #15:

I already have my roll on the computer. Do my students have to enter all their information again through their calculators?

ANSWER:

Often it is desirable for a teacher to be able to import their classes registration data. If for example, they already have their roll in a spreadsheet, or database program and wish to save time and reduce the complexity of getting their students logged in on the first day that Classtalk is used they may want to do this. Although this requires some extra work in advance, it can often be worth it.

To register, Classtalk requires that either you or your students supply the following demographic information: Student ID, last name, First name, Handle, and Password.

**Special Fields**

Student ID- The student ID must be an unique combination of numbers and letters, and can be up to 9 characters (the length of a social security number).

Handle- The handle must also be unique, but should be something personable, not a number. Usually it is what the student likes to be called, but in large classes this may not always be possible so various schemes have been adopted like adding the middle initial to the first name.

Password- One problem with importing the registration data is that the students don't get to make up their own passwords. In many environments, however, such as an Elementary school classroom, secure passwords are not a necessity, and for the sake of simplicity all passwords can be set to 0, or to the individuals initials.

Steps to import Classfile data:

1) Order the columns in your spreadsheet file in the following order: Student ID, Last name, First name, Handle, and Password. Do not put in any headers they will be added for you later. *Hint: If you expect additional students will need to be added to the class add a few rows to your spread sheet as follows: In the Student ID column put "1" and then in the Handle column put "1", below that in the next row Student ID column put "2" and then in the Handle column put "2" etc..... until you have a number of extra rows = to the number of students you expect will be added to the class.

2) Save your spreadsheet file as a tab-delimited text file or ascii text file. Usually this is done by choosing "Save As" under File in the main menu and then changing the file type (to tab delimited or ascii text) and name in the dialog box.

For Example:
In Microsoft Excel: save your spreadsheet file as "Text(Tab-delimited)" file.
In AppleWorks: save your spreadsheet file as "ASCII Text" file.

3) Start Classtalk by double clicking on the application file as opposed to a Classfile that has been created already.

4) After you enter your password, choose "Create New Classfile" by clicking on the button at the bottom of the next dialog box.

5) Select "Import Setup" from the file menu and choose the appropriate data fields in order. i.e., Student ID, Last name, First name, Handle, and Password.

6) Now select "Import" from the files menu, and find the file that you want to import. It is important that the file you import is a text file, and that it has no blank lines at its beginning or end, and no column headings.

7) You may get a dialogue box telling you that the file you are importing is not formatted correctly. Choose "Skip All" , If your file is really corrupted you can just trash that Class file and try again.

8) To verify that your import was successful go to Class View in Active Tasks and choose Roll from the Classroom view pop up menu.

 


QUESTION #16:

My student wants to change their password, handle, name, etc...How can they or I do so?

ANSWER:

Students cannot edit information from their calculators, but the teacher can edit information by going to the Roll list in the Class Window and then double clicking on the record they wish to change.

1) On the teacher's computer go to Active Tasks mode by clicking once on the center Mode Panel at the bottom of the screen.

2) Click on the Blue Class Window icon in the tool strip.

3) Select Roll from the Class view pop-up menu located at the bottom right of the screen above the Records Mode Panel.

4) Choose the student whose info you wish to edit and double click.

5) Edit the information and then click on enter.

 


QUESTION #17:

How many characters can a "Hot Text" field hold?

ANSWER:

The Hot Text field can hold up to 4000 characters- although most teachers usually limit it to about seven lines.

 


QUESTION #18:

Can you use Classtalk to make diagrams?

ANSWER:

Yes you can, but the power of Classtalk's graphics tool is somewhat limited. If you need more capabilities than Classtalk provides, there are other applications that you can use to do so. If you would rather use another graphics package you can just copy and paste the diagrams into Classtalk.

 


QUESTION #19:

What is the maximum number of students that can log on to one student device?

ANSWER:

Classtalk will allow 4 students to register/login. Each student logs in with his/her own seat, handle, and password. The instructor chooses whether students must answer individually, or as a group. Grouping is controlled with the button located on the tool strip (the one with the diversified group of students). If Grouping with dissent is specified, then students are allowed to enter their own answer after the group has answered. The Grouping button should be pressed before a task is started. If the teacher turns grouping on or off while a Task is running, he/she should notify the class so that they can adjust their answers.

 


QUESTION #20:

How do I upgrade from Classtalk 1.9.94 to 1.9.99c3?

ANSWER:

It's easy to upgrade your version of Classtalk:

1) Make a new folder inside your Classtalk folder called "Old Classtalk".

2) Drag the 1.9.94 into this folder.

3) Locate the new application archive either on your floppy disk or E-mail attachments folder and drag it into your Classtalk folder. Expand the archive by double clicking on it.

NOTE: Always start Classtalk by either double clicking on the new application or one of your Classfiles. Do not start up by double clicking on the old application. If your sure you don't want it anymore you can trash it.

 


QUESTION #21:

What's the difference between Classtalk 1.9.94 and 1.9.99?

ANSWER:

There are no differences between the structures of the Session Files, Task Files, and Classfiles created by two versions. 1.9.99 can read files created by 1.9.94 and visa versa. 1.9.94 is completely backwards compatible with 1.9.99 so if you decide you don't like it you can just switch back.

A number of Extra Features have been added in Classtalk 1.9.99:

1. Case Sensitivity had been added to the binning of Algrebraic Expressions.

2. You have the ability to export group IDs.

3. You can change the name of a task in "Active Tasks" by double clicking on it in the "Active Task Mode Panel".

Numerous Bugs that existed in 1.9.94 have been fixed in 1.9.99, some of them are:

1. The timer in the projection window no longer stops when the student info box is activated or other modal dialogue boxes are implemented.

2. Navigation around Classtalk using the windows menu had some problems including a strange bug that would cause seats and data to disappear during class. Also it was impossible to use the windows menu to go to the selected task in "Records". These problems have now been illiminated.

3. You may have noticed that if you stopped the clock manually or if the clock stopped because everyone answered, some strange and apparently random times would appear in the timer dialogue. It has now been changed so that it always defaults to 00:00.

4. Enter now advances the autocycle button on "Analyze" if you start with a "Quick Question".

5. Some problems with the way Classtalk places the Task Screen image in the projection window have been fixed. In the past Classtalk was centering the image even if it was larger than the projection window, rather annoying for several of our users. At any rate this has now been fixed so that if the image is larger than the projection window it is placed in the top right hand corner of the projection window.

 


QUESTION #22:

What is a "Domain Error" and why do I keep getting it?

ANSWER:

A "Domain Error" occurs on the student calculators when:

1) Batteries get very low and need replacement. If your student calculators display contrast needs to be higher than 8, then your batteries are low. This is a known cause for a "Domain Error". * For the TI-83,85 to adjust contrast use the "2nd" button and the arrows "up" or "down". For other models, refer to the instruction manual under contrast adjustment.

2) More frequently, when a student registers or logs in, he/she may accidentally or impatiently press "return" or "OK" more than once to send in data. As the student's information is being transmitted, a "Domain Error" will occur. After the error message, if you press return once, you should see a message saying your name and, "Good Login". This confirms that you are now logged in. * Remember, press "return" or "OK" once to send in Login data.

3) A "Domain Error" is a transmission error; which means that something is interfering with the connection between teachers computer, the Network Adapter, and the student devices. The problem could be in one of the hardware cables used to connect the system. Carefully check all connections between MAC, LAN, and Power cables to see if any have come loose. Also check the calculator cables and the port cables to see if they are in place properly. Turning off and on, or unplugging/replugging the system and "Reinitializing" is another way to check the Network. If you've tried all of this and still get an unescapeable "Domain Error", then the problem is either inside the hardware wiring, or inside the Network Box.

 


QUESTION #23:

How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-83?

ANSWER:

1) Go to the better Education website at bedu.com Under the Classtalk caption, choose "Classtalk Downloads"(/downloads.html).

2) Select the appropriate software you wish to download. * Make sure you know if you need Mac or PC software. For Mac software, click on the item you want, and choose an easily accessible destination for downloaded information to be saved, (desktop, CT folder, etc.) then expand the information by double clicking on the "TIStudent+LinkSoft" Icon. Again select an accessible destination like the desktop and extract.

3) Connect the TI-GRAPH LINK cable to the 8-pin to 25-pin adapter cable (for the Mac). The TI-GRAPH LINK hardware connects to the Mac via the modem port or the printer port of the computer, and to the TI-83 via the port at the bottom of the TI-83. * Be sure to push in all connectors firmly. * If the printer port is to be used, "AppleTalk" must be turned off, or set to a different port.

4) For this step quit all applications that may be running. Open the System folder on your hard drive. Place the "TI-83 font suitcase" into your System folder. You may get a message saying that fonts need to be stored in the "Fonts" folder. Choose O.K. to make it so.

5) Make sure that your TI-83 calculator is on, and properly plugged into the TI-GRAPH LINK cable. Double click on the TI-GRAPH LINK(83) icon. From the Main Menu choose "Link" and then "Send". From the next pop-up screen select "Add All" (not just "Add") and then "Send". When the transfer is done (cursor has returned), scroll the "File" menu to "Quit". Remove the gray plug from the calculator.

TESTING THE TI-83 SOFTWARE:

1) Insert the black cable from the Network box into the TI-83 calculator port.

2) Turn "on" the TI-83. Press PRGM, then #1 (C TALK). Press "enter".

3) For a brief period you should see the word Classtalk on your screen, with the version number of the software. Then the message "Classtalk is idle, please wait" should appear. If this happens your test has been successful.

4) If you do not get the "Classtalk is idle, please wait" screen, then check that the cable is properly plugged in, and try the test again.

5) If you are still unable to connect to the network, try reloading the Classtalk software onto your calculator and begin this test again.

 


QUESTION #24:

How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-85?

ANSWER:

1) Go to the better Education website at bedu.com Under the Classtalk caption, choose "Classtalk Downloads"(/downloads.html).

2) Select the appropriate software you wish to download. * Make sure you know if you need Mac or PC software. For Mac software, click on the item you want, and choose an easily accessible destination for downloaded information to be saved, (desktop, CT folder, etc.) then expand the information by double clicking on the "TIStudent+LinkSoft" Icon. Again select an accessible destination like the desktop and extract.

3) Connect the TI-GRAPH LINK cable to the 8-pin to 25-pin adapter cable (for the Mac). The TI-GRAPH LINK hardware connects to the Mac via the modem port, and to the TI-85 via the port at the bottom of the TI-85. * Be sure to push in all connectors firmly. * The TI-85 Graphlink requires that you use the modem port only, and not the printer port.

4) For this step quit all applications that may be running. Open the System folder on your hard drive. Place the "TI-85 font suitcase" into your System folder. You may get a message saying that fonts need to be stored in the "Fonts" folder. Choose O.K. to make it so.

5) Make sure that your TI-85 calculator is on, and properly plugged into the TI-GRAPH LINK cable. On the TI-85 press "2nd [link]" then select "Receive". You should get a message saying "waiting". Double click on the TI-GRAPHLINK(85) icon. From the Main Menu choose "Send". Scroll down and select "Add All". From the next pop-up screen choose "Add All" again, then choose "Done". You should get a message to proceed as follows. When the transfer is done (cursor has returned), scroll the "File" menu to "Quit". On the calculator press "2nd[Quit]" to exit. Remove the gray plug from the calculator.

TESTING THE TI-85 SOFTWARE:

1) Insert the black cable from the Network box into the TI-85 calculator port.

2) Turn "on" the TI-85. Press PRGM, then F1 (C TALK). Press "enter".

3) For a brief period you should see the word Classtalk on your screen, with the version number of the software. Then the message "Classtalk is idle, please wait" should appear. If this happens your test has been successful.

4) If you do not get the "Classtalk is idle, please wait" screen, then check that the cable is properly plugged in, and try the test again.

5) If you are still unable to connect to the network, try reloading the Classtalk software onto your calculator and begin this test again.

 


QUESTION #25:

How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-86?

ANSWER:

1) Go to the better Education website at bedu.com Under the Classtalk caption, choose "Classtalk Downloads"(/downloads.html).

2) Select the appropriate software you wish to download. * Make sure you know if you need Mac or PC software. For Mac software, click on the item you want, and choose an easily accessible destination for downloaded information to be saved, (desktop, CT folder, etc.) then expand the information by double clicking on the "TI86Link+Soft(1.0).sea" Icon. Again select an accessible destination like the desktop and extract.

3) Connect the TI-GRAPH LINK cable to the 8-pin to 25-pin adapter cable (for the Mac). The TI-GRAPH LINK hardware connects to the Mac via the modem port or the printer port of the computer, and to the TI-86 via the port at the bottom of the TI-86. * Be sure to push in all connectors firmly. * If the printer port is to be used, "AppleTalk" must be turned off, or set to a different port.

4) Double click on the icon "TI-Graph Link 2 Installer" to install all of the necessary files to run TI-GRAPH LINK on to your hard drive, including the custom font used by the application. All files are automatically placed in the correct folders and system locations.

5) On your hard drive locate the "TI-Graph Link 2 folder" and open it. Now double click on the "TI-Graph Link 2" application. * Make sure that your TI-86 is turned "on". Successful connection results with TI-86 window display.

6) Go to the Mac folder in which your TI-86 files are located. Now drag and drop a single file or multiple files from the "TI-86 software" window to the TI-86 window. The files will automatically be placed in the appropriate folders based on their type. When the transfer is done (cursor has returned), scroll the "File" menu to "Quit". Remove the gray plug from the calculator.

TESTING THE TI-86 SOFTWARE:

1) Insert the black cable from the Network box into the TI-86 calculator port.

2) Turn "on" the TI-86. Press PRGM, then F1 (C TALK). Press "enter".

3) For a brief period you should see the word Classtalk on your screen, with the version number of the software. Then the message "Classtalk is idle, please wait" should appear. If this happens your test has been successful.

4) If you do not get the "Classtalk is idle, please wait" screen, then check that the cable is properly plugged in, and try the test again.

5) If you are still unable to connect to the network, try reloading the Classtalk software onto your calculator and begin this test again.

 


QUESTION #26:

How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-92?

ANSWER:

1) Go to the better Education website at bedu.com Under the Classtalk caption, choose "Classtalk Downloads"(/downloads.html).

2) Select the appropriate software you wish to download. * Make sure you know if you need Mac or PC software. For Mac software, click on the item you want, and choose an easily accessible destination for downloaded information to be saved, (desktop, CT folder, etc.) then expand the information by double clicking on the "TIStudent+LinkSoft" Icon. Again select an accessible destination like the desktop and extract.

3) Connect the TI-GRAPH LINK cable to the 8-pin to 25-pin adapter cable (for the Mac). The TI-GRAPH LINK hardware connects to the Mac via the modem port or the printer port of the computer, and to the TI-92 via the port at the upper left of the TI-92. * Be sure to push in all connectors firmly. * If the printer port is to be used, "AppleTalk" must be turned off, or set to a different port.

4) For this step quit all applications that may be running. Open the System folder on your hard drive. Place the "TI-92 font suitcase" into your System folder. You may get a message saying that fonts need to be stored in the "Fonts" folder. Choose O.K. to make it so.

5) Make sure that your TI-92 calculator is on, and properly plugged into the TI-GRAPH LINK cable. Double click on the TI-GRAPH LINK(92) icon. From the Main Menu choose "Link" and then "Send". From the next pop-up screen select "Add All" (not just "Add") and then "Send". When the transfer is done (cursor has returned), scroll the "File" menu to "Quit". Remove the gray plug from the calculator. * If you receive a connection error message, scroll to "Preferences" under the "File" menu and make sure the Graph Link Port is directed to the correct port on your computer.

TESTING THE TI-92 SOFTWARE:

1) Insert the black cable from the Network box into the TI-92 calculator port.

2) Turn "on" the TI-92. Press the "Mode" button. Scroll down to "main" under FUNCTION. Select "Ctalk 92" then press enter. Type "CTalk()" and then press "enter".

3) For a brief period you should see the word Classtalk on your screen, with the version number of the software. Then the message "Classtalk is idle, please wait" should appear. If this happens your test has been successful.

4) If you do not get the "Classtalk is idle, please wait" screen, then check that the cable is properly plugged in, and try the test again.

5) If you are still unable to connect to the network, try reloading the Classtalk software onto your calculator and begin this test again.

 


QUESTION #27:

How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-83? (PC)

ANSWER:

1) Go to the better Education website at bedu.com Under the Classtalk caption, choose "Classtalk Downloads"(/downloads.html). Select the appropriate "student software" under the "PC software" heading and download it into a folder you can easily access.

2) When you go to expand the downloaded information a folder will be created and placed on your desktop. Inside that folder choose the "Wlink 83" icon and double click to open it.

3) Connect the TI-GRAPH LINK cable to the PC serial port you will use. If necessary, use the 9-pin to 25-pin adapter. Connect the other end of the cable to the TI-83. * Be sure to push in all connectors firmly.

4) Make sure that your TI-83 calculator is on, and properly plugged into the TI-GRAPH LINK cable. Double click on the TI-GRAPH LINK(83) icon. From the Main menu choose "Link" and then "Send". From the next pop-up screen select "Add All" (not just "Add") and then "Send". When the transfer is done (cursor has returned), scroll the "File" menu to "Quit". Remove the gray plug from the calculator.

TESTING THE TI-83 SOFTWARE:

1) Insert the black cable from the Network box into the TI-83 calculator port.

2) Turn "on" the TI-83. Press PRGM, then #1 (C TALK). Press "enter".

3) For a brief period you should see the word Classtalk on your screen, with the version number of the software. Then the message "Classtalk is idle, please wait" should appear. If this happens your test has been successful.

4) If you do not get the "Classtalk is idle, please wait" screen, then check that the cable is properly plugged in, and try the test again.

5) If you are still unable to connect to the network, try reloading the Classtalk software onto your calculator and begin this test again.

 


QUESTION #28:

How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-85? (PC)

ANSWER:

1) Go to the better Education website at bedu.com Under the Classtalk caption, choose "Classtalk Downloads"(/downloads.html). Select the appropriate "student software" under the "PC software" heading and download it into a folder you can easily access.

2) When you go to expand the downloaded information a folder will be created and placed on your desktop. Inside that folder choose the "Wlink 85" icon and double click to open it.

3) Connect the TI-GRAPH LINK cable to the PC serial port you will use. If necessary, use the 9-pin to 25-pin adapter. Connect the other end of the cable to the TI-85. * Be sure to push in all connectors firmly.

4) Make sure that your TI-85 calculator is on, and properly plugged into the TI-GRAPH LINK cable. On the TI-85 press "2nd [link]" then select "Receive". You should get a message saying "waiting".

5) Double click on the TI-GRAPHLINK(85) icon. From the Main menu choose "Send". Scroll down and select "Add All". From the next pop-up screen choose "Add All" again, then choose "Done". You should get a message to proceed as follows. When the transfer is done (cursor has returned), scroll the "File" menu to "Quit". On the calculator press "2nd[Quit]" to exit. Remove the gray plug from the calculator.

TESTING THE TI-85 SOFTWARE:

1) Insert the black cable from the Network box into the TI-85 calculator port.

2) Turn "on" the TI-85. Press PRGM, then F1(C TALK). Press "enter".

3) For a brief period you should see the word Classtalk on your screen, with the version number of the software. Then the message "Classtalk is idle, please wait" should appear. If this happens your test has been successful.

4) If you do not get the "Classtalk is idle, please wait" screen, then check that the cable is properly plugged in, and try the test again.

5) If you are still unable to connect to the network, try reloading the Classtalk software onto your calculator and begin this test again.

 


QUESTION #29:

How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-86? (PC)

ANSWER:

1) Go to the better Education website at bedu.com Under the Classtalk caption, choose "Classtalk Downloads"(/downloads.html). Select the appropriate "student software" under the "PC software" heading and download it into a folder you can easily access.

2) When you go to expand the downloaded information a folder will be created and placed on your desktop. Inside that folder choose the "Wlink 86" icon and double click to open it.

3) Connect the TI-GRAPH LINK cable to the PC serial port you will use. If necessary, use the 9-pin to 25-pin adapter. Connect the other end of the cable to the TI-86. * Be sure to push in all connectors firmly.

4) Make sure that your TI-86 calculator is on, and properly plugged into the TI-GRAPH LINK cable. Your TI-86 needs to be in the "Home" screen to recieve data. Press "clear" to get the flashing cursor (Home Screen). Now your calculator is ready to recieve data.

5) Double click on the TI-GRAPHLINK(86) icon. From the Main menu choose "Send". Scroll down and select "Add All". From the next pop-up screen choose "Add All" again, then choose "Done". You should get a message to proceed as follows. When the transfer is done (cursor has returned), scroll the "File" menu to "Quit". On the calculator press "2nd[Quit]" to exit. Remove the gray plug from the calculator.

TESTING THE TI-86 SOFTWARE:

1) Insert the black cable from the Network box into the TI-86 calculator port.

2) Turn "on" the TI-86. Press PRGM, then F1(C TALK). Press "enter".

3) For a brief period you should see the word Classtalk on your screen, with the version number of the software. Then the message "Classtalk is idle, please wait" should appear. If this happens your test has been successful.

4) If you do not get the "Classtalk is idle, please wait" screen, then check that the cable is properly plugged in, and try the test again.

5) If you are still unable to connect to the network, try reloading the Classtalk software onto your calculator and begin this test again.

 


QUESTION #30:

How do I use Graphlink to load the Classtalk software onto my TI-92? (PC)

ANSWER:

1) Go to the better Education website at bedu.com Under the Classtalk caption, choose "Classtalk Downloads"(/downloads.html). Select the appropriate "student software" under the "PC software" heading and download it into a folder you can easily access.

2) When you go to expand the downloaded information a folder will be created and placed on your desktop. Inside that folder choose the "Wlink 92" icon and double click to open it.

3) Connect the TI-GRAPH LINK cable to the PC serial port you will use. If necessary, use the 9-pin to 25-pin adapter. Connect the other end of the cable to the TI-92. * Be sure to push in all connectors firmly.

4) Make sure that your TI-92 calculator is on, and properly plugged into the TI-GRAPH LINK cable. Double click on the TI-GRAPH LINK(92) icon. From the Main menu choose "Link" and then "Send". From the next pop-up screen select "Add All" (not just "Add") and then "Send". When the transfer is done (cursor has returned), scroll the "File" menu to "Quit". Remove the gray plug from the calculator.

TESTING THE TI-92 SOFTWARE:

1) Insert the black cable from the Network box into the TI-92 calculator port.

2) Turn "on" the TI-92. Press the "Mode" button. Scroll down to "main" under FUNCTION. Select "Ctalk 92" then press enter. Type "CTalk()" and then press "enter".

3) For a brief period you should see the word Classtalk on your screen, with the version number of the software. Then the message "Classtalk is idle, please wait" should appear. If this happens your test has been successful.

4) If you do not get the "Classtalk is idle, please wait" screen, then check that the cable is properly plugged in, and try the test again.

5) If you are still unable to connect to the network, try reloading the Classtalk software onto your calculator and begin this test again.


QUESTION #31:

How do I transfer the Classtalk software from one Calculator to another? (TI-83)

ANSWER:

* Warning: If your students have their own programs already stored on their calculators (i.e.phone numbers) when they do a backup, their programs will be erased and replaced with the programs from the master calculator being used. If this is the case, an Alternative Transfer Method needs to be used where you select only the files you want loaded from the master calculator and transfer them one by one. If your students do not have any important programs or data, then use the Back-up Method because it is easier to do.

Student Unit: TI-83

Classtalk software (11 files, including CTalk)


Back-up Method-
- From another TI-83 using TI cable & built-in file transfer functions.
- Plug two together and type [2nd][LINK] on both TIs
- On the slave TI, Arrow to the right to select "RECEIVE" then press "1:Receive". You will get a message that says "Waiting"
- On the master TI press the UP Arrow key one time to select "C:Back up" and press [ENTER]
- Now select "1:Transmit" on the master TI. A message will appear that says "Warning - Backup" on the slave. Select "1:Continue".
- This will take a few seconds. If successful you will get a message that says "MEMORY BACKUP DONE"
- Now press [2nd][MODE] to exit

* Alternative Transfer Method (For TI-83 individual files)

- Plug two calc.s together and type [2nd][LINK] on both TIs
- On the slave TI, Arrow to the right to select "RECEIVE" then press "1:Receive". You will get a message that says "Waiting"
- On the master TI use the up and down arrow keys to select "2:ALL-" and press [ENTER]
- Now on the master TI, select the following 10 Classtalk programs and 1 PIC file by Scrolling down and pressing [ENTER] by their names: CTALK, DISPLCD, DLOG, DOUTARGS, DREG, GETMENU, MOUTARGS, PRDIALOG, PRLOGIN, PRMENU, and the "Pic9" PIC.
- Now on the master TI use the right arrow key to select "TRANSMIT", and press [ENTER] or "1:Transmit" to do so.
- If you are updating an old program or reloading one that was somehow corrupted you will be asked if you wish to replace any files of the same name. Select "2:Overwrite" to replace each duplicate program.
- This will take a few seconds. If successful you will get a message that says "Done" on both TIs. Press [2nd][MODE] to exit.


QUESTION #32:

How do I transfer the Classtalk software from one Calculator to another? (TI-85/86)

ANSWER:

Student Units: TI-85/86

* Before starting note that......
- TI-85's do not have the program locking safety feature. File locking is very desirable because it can prevent students from accidentally corrupting the program.
- In order to get a locked version of the program files onto a TI-86 you must get the master copy from a windows machine. Locking is not supported by the mac version of TI-Graph Link for the 86.
-It is not possible to transfer files from an 86 to an 85, although, you can send files from the 85 to the 86. Of course these files will not be locked.

Classtalk software (11 files, including CTalk)
Back-up Method-

- From another TI-85/86 using TI cable & built-in file transfer functions.
- Plug two TI's together and type [2nd][LINK] on both TIs
- On the slave TI, press[F2] to select "RECEIVE". You will get a message that says "Waiting"
- On the master TI press [F1] to "SEND" then [F1] again to select " Memory Backup"
- Now on the master TI press [F1] to select "XMIT"
- A message will appear on the slave TI that says "Warning - Backup" select [F1] to "Continue"
- This will take a few seconds. If successful you will get a message that says "SYSTEM BACKUP DONE" on both TIs
- Now press [2nd][EXIT] on both calculators to exit

* Alternative Transfer Method (For TI-85/86 individual files)

- Plug two TI's together and type [2nd][LINK] on both TIs
- On the slave TI, press[F2] to select "RECEIVE". You will get a message that says "Waiting"
- On the master TI press [F1] "SEND", then press [F5] "ALL". Then use the arrow keys and the [F2] to "SELECT" the following 10 Classtalk programs and 1 PIC file: Ctalk, CheckStr, DOutArgs, Dlog, Dreg, GetMenu, MOutArgs, PrDialog, PrLogin, PrMenu, and the "CtPR85" PIC file. (You might have to scroll down a lot to find the PIC file) Classtalk requires all 11 of these files to work.
- Now on the master TI press [F1] to select "XMIT"
- If you are updating an old Program or reloading one that was somehow corrupted you will be given an "ERROR 39 LINK" message. Select [F2[ to overwrite any duplicate programs.
- This will take a few seconds. If successful you will get a message that says "Done" on both TIs. Press [2nd][EXIT] to quit.