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After you Log In, go to My Courses and select My Tasks. The page will look approximately like this (slight variations depend on the course in which you are registered):
The current session is highlighted in the orange row and links become active only at the appropriate time (unless your course is self-paced. Activated links remain always available during the course so students can go back and review the material whenever they want).
Start by clicking on Session 1. In the sessions students find all the necessary information, lessons, requirements and links to the material to study.
To access the Class Forum and post an assignment or message for the teacher click Class Forum.
AP® STUDENTS: To access the Audio/Video Group Class at the scheduled date and time, just click on the link provided.
But Pinocchio is more than a puppet: he is a restless spirit who represents the idea of 'personal growth' at all levels (including intellectual and emotional).
Personal growth is a very important factor in any learning process.
In order to help you learn the language and improve your understanding of Italian culture and lifestyle, CyberItalian has revisited Collodi's story.
Through "A Modern Pinocchio Story", the CyberItalian courses will help students to learn the Italian language and culture, as well as explore their own lives and learning challenges.
CyberItalian’s digital curriculum is now utilized for Founders Education’s Italian courses.
Founders Education is accredited by AdvancEd's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Founders Education teachers are all certified. See Founders Education Policies and Procedures.
Post assignments in the Class Forum so the teacher can correct them and grade them.
Use a word processor like Microsoft Word or similar to write the assignment in all its parts. When the assignment is complete you post it online. In this way, you do not run the risk of losing your work in case of connection problems.
You find these exercises in the self-administered lessons.
After you complete an exercise, click on the little "Pinocchio-risposte" at the end of that exercise. This will show the correct answers to the exercise, what you wrote, and your score (scores are also shown in your Progress Report page).
You find this exam in the self-administered lessons.
After you complete the exam, click on the "Pinocchio-risposte". This will show you the score (scores are also shown in your Progress Report page).
When you do the exercises in our Lessons, for certain words you need to use the Italian accented characters, otherwise the system cannot recognize your answer as correct.
Here are the Italian accented characters: "à, è, ì, ò, ù" (as in: caffè, università, più, etc.) or "é" (as in: perché).
English keyboards are different from Italian keyboards, and do no show the keys with the Italian accented vowels.
To write Italian accents use one of the following options.
Windows users - Option 1 - ALT key + numeric codes: in Windows, combinations of the ALT key plus a numeric code can be used to type a non-English character (accented letter) in any Windows application. IMPORTANT: press Num Lock before using the Alt method for typing accented characters. In this way the keys of the numeric keypad are interpreted only as numbers.
Example: To input the grave e è (138), hold down the ALT key, type 138 on the numeric keypad, then release the ALT key.
Windows users - Option 2 - add the International keyboard: in this way you configure the computer so a small transparent window sits in the task bar that allows you to switch back and forth between the English and International keyboard. When you want to use accented letters just switch to the International keyboard. Then, if you want to type an accented letter you press the appropriate accent key and then the letter.
` + e = è
' + e = é
See instructions for adding the International keyboard. You can just leave the International keyboard on all the time. It will create some minor nuisances when you type certain punctuation marks. For example, in order to type [ ' ] you press [ ' ] then spacebar.
Mac users - OPTION key: when you want to add a letter with a symbol in just about any Mac OS X application, hold down the Option key and press the appropriate symbol key. Release the keys and type the letter you want to receive the symbol. Take "perché" — you type p, e, r, c, h, then press Option-E (to get the right-leaning acute accent), then e. As in most of these combinations, the acute accent key command is linked to the letter most likely to need the symbol in question — in this case, the letter e. But if you need to type the Italian limóne, say, you press Option-E, then o.
The left-leaning (grave) accent is simple to remember, because it has its own key: the ` above the Tab key. Just press Option-`and then the target letter: "Eccola là"!
Need to type a capital letter with an accent? Just press Option plus the appropriate key for your symbol, then press Shift as you type the letter you want. For example, to type Évian-les-Bains, use Option-E followed by a capital E.
Windows and Mac users - additional options for entering accents are listed here.
Editor for Italian characters: if you don't like any of the above solutions you can try this editor for Italian accented characters.
Copy and paste from here: you can go back to the oldest and simplest method and copy the Italian accented vowels
from here or from our lessons, and then paste them in the exercise field:
à, è. ì, ò, ù, é. À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù, É.
Having a variety of courses, educational materials and activities, depending on the course you take (Full Year, AP®, Intensive or Abbraviated-Recovery) the work is graded in different areas of study:
FULL YEAR COURSES
Please note: all percentages are periodic numbers so the total is 100%
ABBREVIATED - RECOVERY COURSES
Please note: all percentages are periodic numbers so the total is 100%
In the Self-administered Exercises included in the lessons, students receive an automatic score based on the percentage of correct answers. For educational purposes, these self-administered exercises can be taken several times (in this case, each time the student will have to re-enter the entire text in the exercise); the latest score of each exercise will be recorded over the previous one.
In the Self-administered Exams included in the lessons, students receive an automatic score based on the percentage of correct answers; only the score of the first time you take the exam will be recorded.
Grades are given in numbers with the following values:
|A+||97 - 100||Excellent, achievement surpasses the basic requirements of the course. Superior.|
|A||93 - 96||Excellent.|
|A-||90 - 92||Very good. Almost Excellent.|
|B+||87 - 89||Good, student fulfills all requirements. Better than Above Average, but not quite A- work.|
|B||83 - 86||Above Average.|
|B-||80 - 82||Average Almost Above Average.|
|C+||77 - 79||Slightly Better than Average.|
|C||73 - 76||Average.|
|C-||70 - 72||Slightly Lower than Average.|
|D+||67 - 69||Below Average, but making progress.|
|D||63 - 66||Below Average student approaches the standard requirements for the course.|
|D-||60 - 62||Almost failing.|
PLEASE NOTE: Check marks for completed activity are applied automatically as soon as a teacher inserts a feedback and grade for a required activity, or as soon as the student completes 100% of his exercises and gets more than 60 as a grade (he can do the exercises again to improve his score), or as soon as a student completes an exam.
You find your scores, grades and feedback from the teacher in the Progress Report page.
The page is divided into the different areas of study that students are required to complete.
The page looks approximately like this:
Please note: Column 2 in the Lessons area shows the percentage of exercises completed, Column 3 reports the average score of the completed exercises.
Check marks for completed activity are applied automatically as soon as the teacher inserts a feedback and grade for a required activity, or as soon as a student completes 100% of his exercises and gets more than 60 as a grade (so in case he can do the exercises again to improve his score), or as soon as a student completes an exam.
To listen to our MP3 audio files, your browser needs to be audio enabled.
Just click on the arrow, the audio downloads automatically. Regulate the volume, replay and pause the audio as you wish.
Ciao! (Come stai?)
Note: all CyberItalian audios are compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Smart phones and other new devices.
The full version of the pronunciation guides is available for Windows (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera), and Linux. A limited version of the pronunciation guides is available for Mac, Android and IOS.
Please have a headset/microphone combination connected to your computer.
When you open the "Pronuncia" window (from the right menu in each Lesson) you will see the following image. When requested, give permission for the browser to access your microphone.
At this point use the control buttons and your microphone to record your voice. Please wait for the Play button to activate, then play back the audio and listen to your own voice speaking Italian!
You can compare your voice with the one of the pronunciation guide (Maria for beginners, Franco for intermediate and Giulia for advanced students). Type a word or sentence in the box under "Enter text to be pronounced:" and press the button "Maria say it, please".
To enjoy CyberItalian you need a computer or smartphone with Internet access. Minimum Internet connection speed required to access the site is 56K. Broadband recommended.
CyberItalian is viewable with any browser (Chrome, Firefox/Mozilla, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Opera) on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and IOS.
CyberItalian is also viewable on smartphones (iPhone, iPad, iPod, or any Android phone).
On these devices Flash is not required.
On smartphones we suggest you switch off auto-correct and predictive check spelling when entering Italian text in the exercise fields.
CyberItalian make use of pop-ups to facilitate the learning process: make sure you do NOT block ALL pop-ups. You should keep the default setting for your browser that blocks ONLY UNWANTED pop-ups. To check and eventually modify your browser settings, open the browser help or guide and search for popup or pop-up.
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The following are the minimum system requirements needed to attend our Audio/Video group classes:
For Windows Systems:
For Mac Systems:
For All Systems:
PLEASE NOTE: you need a headset with microphone. If you use a microphone embedded in your computer make sure you are in a quite room with no background noises, in order not to disturb the class.
Need help about Skype? See here
Instruction for use:
The full version of the pronunciation guides is available for Windows (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera), Mac (Safari, Chrome) and Linux. A limited version of the pronunciation guides is available for Android and IOS.
The recording system necessary to complete each audio lesson and upload your audio file is available on the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox/Mozilla, Microsoft Edge and Opera.
For Android tablets and smartphones we suggest you use Chrome.
PLEASE NOTE: the recording system is currently not available on Apple devices (MAC, IPhone, IPad).
However we provide alternative recording systems:
1. record on Vocaroo.com and then upload your recording on our website (instead of emailing the instructor)
2. record on your device (pc, mac, tablet, smartphone) with your favorite mp3 recording app and then upload your mp3 file on our system.
You can self-administer the audio lessons at any time convenient to you (within due dates), from school or from home.
It is very easy to do: