How do I take a course?
To take a course, select a topic from the StoryStarter home page. There are five courses in total:
- What is StoryStarter? which introduces the concept, the Core Set hardware, and StoryVisualizer software.
- Building the Story, which shows you how to run successful, curriculum-specific lessons using StoryStarter.
- Sharing the Story takes you through the photo shoot and gives you an overview of the StoryVisualizer software.
- StoryVisualizer on a PC is a deep-dive training on the StoryVisualzer software for the PC or Mac.
- StoryVisualizer on an iPad is a deep-dive training on the StoryVisualzer app for the iPad.
Is there a recommended way to take the courses?
- Everyone has his or her preferred learning method. However, if you are new to eLearning, we recommend that you set aside some quiet time when you know there will be fewer interruptions.
- Work in short bursts, say 60-90 minutes, rather than trying to cover too much ground at once. You’ll find this more productive and easier to fit around your busy schedule.
- Like any studying, try to find a time and a place where you’re most productive, perhaps early in the morning with your first coffee or at the end of the day when your chores are done.
- In addition to the videos, we have provided a number of follow-on activities and downloads. We highly recommend completing the entire lesson and activities before moving on to the next. Of course, you can go in any order and come back to the activities if you prefer it that way.
Is there a recommended order to take the courses?
- Everyone has his or her preferred learning style, and you have total freedom in this program. However, if you are completely new to StoryStarter, we recommend you start by taking the What is StoryStarter? course, then move on to Building the Story, and finish with Sharing the Story. Use the in-depth StoryVisualizer software training courses as required.
How many times can I take a course?
- As many as your like! There’s no limit. We find it useful to dive into a specific lesson when you want a quick refresher, for example, when preparing a lesson.
How long can I spend taking a course?
- Spend as long as you like. Pause and go back if you want to repeat something. We recommend working along with us and trying things out yourself.
How can I track my progress in a course?
- Course progress is indicated by checkmarks in the lesson list at the bottom of each course page. When you complete a lesson and click the Mark Complete button, the checkmark turns green.
- Completed lessons are identified by a green checkmark in the lesson list on the course page.
- The progress bar gives you a quick visual reference from any lesson page.
What is the Mark Complete button and when should I use it?
- When you complete a lesson, click the Mark Complete button on the lesson page. Hurray!
How can I watch the videos in Full HD?
- To watch a video in Full HD, click the HD icon on the right of the play bar.
How can I watch videos in full screen mode?
- To watch a video in full screen mode, click the Enter full screen icon on the very right of the play bar, next to the HD icon.
- When viewing in full screen mode, we recommend Full HD.
Why is video playback so choppy?
If your video playback isn’t smooth, here are some things you can try:
- Letting the video buffer before you view it.
- Closing other browser tabs and windows. This can make a huge difference!
- Making sure you have either the latest version of Flash running on your computer or using a browser with native HTML5 support.
- Switching to another browser to see if that helps.
Do I need a fast Internet connection for HD videos?
- Most residential cable and DSL connections should be more than adequate. If HD feels slow to load, try turning off any background applications that could be using up bandwidth. Or push the play button in the player and then pause to let the video buffer before viewing.
What is video buffering?
- Buffering is a way of preloading the videos you watch so that fluctuations in your Internet connection don’t cause choppy playback.
- When you play a video, a light gray bar will advance in front of the playhead, showing you how much of your video has been buffered. Your playback should be smooth as long as you’re viewing your video within the light gray buffer region.
- If you’re experiencing choppy playback, pause the video, allow the video to buffer for a few moments, and then try playing your video again!
Can I watch a video in its native resolution when it’s in full screen mode?
- When your video is in full screen, click the icon in the play bar that looks like two little screens. This will toggle scaling on and off.
- When scaling is on, your video will be scaled to fit the screen. With scaling off, you will see the actual size of the video without any enlargement.
What browser can I use with the LEGO eLearning site?
We support Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer (version 9 and above). Whichever browser you prefer, please use the most up-to-date version available to ensure that everything on the site works smoothly!