Installation Requirements for QuickMathFacts School Network Version
QuickMathFacts can run on any computer which supports the Windows Operating Systems – Windows 95 through Windows 8. In addition to stock Windows based computers, Apple IMAC systems which run using an Intel Processor which can run Windows can also run QuickMathFacts. Our software can also run on Linux Systems which run a Windows emulator.
QuickMathFact’s Network Version requires simply that one computer in the school acts as the “server”, while all other computers which are used by the students simply access this “server” computer as a disk drive on the network. Each student computer will have a desktop icon which references this server disk drive and a folder on that disk drive.
All elements of the program including data which is stored will exist on the “server” computer. The only portion of the program which resides on each student computer would be the icon. Thus when updates are made to the software, the administration simply updates the “server” computer. Student computers must be allowed Read/Write access of the “server” computer’s disk. The best way to create this disk on the “server” computer is by using the “virtual disk” capability of Windows. That is, a Drive Letter can be associated with any folder on that “server”, and this “virtual drive” then can be set as accessible across the network to all other student computers.
Prior to the installation of QuickMathFacts, a network administrator creates a “Virtual Disk” which is assigned to a folder on a network server which is accessible by the school classroom/library/media room computers. Assuming that drive is connected as the “Q” drive, the administrator merely provides the letter Q as input when installing QuickMathFacts from this internet URL –
Drive Q must be a shared virtual drive for READ and WRITE access by all school computers needing to run the QuickMathFacts program.
Once QuickMathFacts is installed on a network server, then each of the school computers requiring access must have a “ShortCut” icon installed on its desktop which runs the program. This shortcut is created with the program name being “Q:\Naylor\QuickMathFacts.exe” and the start up directory being “Q:\Naylor”. Those computers must have a connection to the Q Drive which remains in force on startup of the computer (or login of the user).
Most schools already share programs over the network and administrators can create SYSTEM SHORTCUTS which automatically appear on all computers on the network.
Computer resources necessary to run QuickMathFacts are simply a Windows Operating System (including Vista and Windows 7 or Windows Server), and a VGA graphics card. Most Windows Computers since 1990 have these resources. In addition to the VGA or better graphics, the keyboard and Mouse or other pointing (i.e. TouchPad) device are used to control the program.
The effects of running QuickMathFacts is to create files called “Scores Files” which contain Student Identifiers (name/numbers etc.) along with testing parameters and scores. As teachers create “Virtual Classrooms” with QuickMathFacts, different folders will be created in the Q:\Naylor folder and these folders will contain “Scores Files” as well. In addition to the files created in the Q:\Naylor folder a file called Q:\chargem is created which contains the school’s license information. This file should under NO circumstances be tampered with as doing so may invalidate the license period.
Lastly QuickMathFacts alters NO SYSTEM DLLS or other system programming, so it will not “collide” with other programs you have installed. Unlike many windows programs it also does not read or write to the Windows Registry. You DO NOT need to “Quit All Other Programs” to install QuickMathFacts for example. The Authors of QuickMathFacts realize that this information is crucial to the systems administrator because placing one program on the network should not cause other programs previously installed or installed in the future to fail.
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