Tips and Tricks!

Here’s the scenario. You have just developed an A+, Teacher-of-The-Year, lesson plan for your class.  In fact it is so good that it is guaranteed to have your students say, "Mr/Ms/Mrs (insert your name here) Rocks!  He/She is my favorite teacher….ever.

Part of your lesson involves projecting images and videos onto your screen.  Things are going along swimmingly until you turn on your computer and try to project your video.  For some reason, you can see the image on your computer but the darn screen/TV projects a black box.  What is happening?  How will you be Teacher-of-The Year now?

Have no fear – Implementation is here!

If you are experiencing this problem on a PC, you need to fix your Hardware Acceleration. 

OK Matt, what the heck is Hardware Acceleration and how do I fix it?

"In computing, hardware acceleration is the use of of hardware to perform some function faster than is possible in software running on the normal CPU"

In other words – your computer is spending a lot of its resources trying to run one thing and needs to spread out its brain power, multi-task, if you will.  Most importantly show your stuff on more than one screen!

To adjust your Hardware Acceleration please follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on your desktop
  2. Click on the word Properties
  3. Click on the Settings tab
  4. Click the Advanced button (lower right-hand corner)
  5. Click on the Troubleshoot Tab
  6. Move the carrot in the middle of the box from "Full" to a location that is somewhere between "Full" and "None"
  7. Sit back and wait for the Teacher-of-The-Year nominations to pour in

This week’s bonus tip – check out the attachment and learn how to download and project close-caption files full screen!
Download closed_caption_full_screen_viewing_steps.doc

Keep tuning in for even more tips and tricks.  And this Thursday check out the blog to meet Guest Blogger Extraordinaire and Implementation Super Star – Stephen Wakefield…

Talk to you soon,
Matt Monjan
Discovery Education, Implementation


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  1. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    Thanks Matt your bonus tip sure came in handy yesterday. One of my teachers was having difficulty with the close captioning and I had read you blog earlier in the day- so I was able to get back to her and fix it almost immediately.
    There was one more setting I had to change on media player(10) to make it work correctly – I called implemenation and Brian talked me through it. On the menu bar – Play – captions and subtitles: on if available. Now everything is working great. Thanks Brian and Matt!

  2. Michele Futch said:

    Great tip, Matt.

    I learn something new everyday from Discovery and United Streaming. Honestly!!!

  3. Emily said:

    Thanks for the tips! I am so thankful for a network of educators who are willing to share their “tricks of the trade” with others.
    Keep on sharing!

  4. Ana McMoran said:

    Great tips, thanks. I find this blog so useful for all the troubleshooting I need to do at my school. Thanks.

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