Included in this Article is...
-General info about I.T. in FUSE
-What are some common issues that occur
-What software to install
Getting your new FUSE studio ready for action will require getting all of your computers set up, which takes time. This article will discuss how to prepare your computers for the first day of FUSE and some common issues that may arise. Then we'll get into specific issues regarding some of the software you'll be installing. Remember, you can always contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
What to Prepare
High Speed Internet
1 computer per student
Verify access to key websites
Adequate space around any desktop computers for tinkering
A mobile device (tablet or smart phone) for uploading photos to the cloud
A Windows 7 or Mac OSX 10.7 or higher computers to connect to the vinyl cutter via USB (essential for Create and Innovate level schools using Chromebooks)
A Windows or Mac OSX computer for uploading code to the Arduino microcontrollers (essential for Create and Innovate level schools using Chromebooks
If you plan on using Chromebooks in your classroom, there are some considerations to make, detailed in the article LINKED HERE. Note: the information in this article applies to Chromebooks with 4GB of RAM or more, as machines with 2GB of RAM do not meet the minimum requirement for some of the software used in FUSE and are not recommended.
Website Access Permissions
Besides the downloaded software that is needed in FUSE, there are lots of 3rd party websites that students are asked to visit along the way. Please ensure that these sites can be visited by adding them to your schools white listed websites. The list of 3rd party websites encountered in FUSE can be found HERE.
Things to Consider
Since FUSE connects students to relevant real world tools and techniques, the tech landscape is always changing. Websites that we ask students to visit get updated, installed programs become obsolete, and new activities require new software. As the school year progresses there may be updates, modifications, and resolutions that need to take place. Below are some common occurrences and suggestions to help you and your school stay on top of things.
-Check in with the FUSE teacher after things get going to see if any issues have popped up, as many issues that can be resolved are not for fear of over burdening the I.T. department
-If you are a facilitator, don't forget to read the announcements that appear on fusestudio.net , as they can contain information about updates, blackouts, new challenges, and more
-USB ports should be enabled to send and receive data
-WebGL should be enabled
-Having computer mice is a benefit to students
2020 Software Install Packages
For access to all of the software that you'll need to install CLICK HERE. Please install all of the software in the package that applies to your school. You may need to ask your administration what level of FUSE your school signed up for (Discover, Create, or Innovate). Please let all of the FUSE teachers know what software wasn't installed on any particular machine so that they can adjust their programming accordingly.