Initial Publication Date: March 17, 2010

Technical Information for the Workshop

Jump down to Screen Sharing with Elluminate: Setting up Your SERC Account :Participating in the Online Discussions :Filling out and Modifying an Activity Sheet :Short video showing how to do many of these things

Conference Call-in Number 

For the synchronous parts of the program, dial the conference call number and then enter the access code. 

This will allow you to hear the speaker during the presentations. After the session starts, we ask that you mute yourself (by pressing *6) so that the speaker can be heard without any extraneous background noise. During question and answer periods you may unmute your phone by pressing *6 again. For the visuals, see the section about screen sharing below. Note that the 800 number may not work from some location (e.g. if dialing in from Skype and possibly if dialing from outside the U.S.). If you find the 800 number does not work for you then you may use the direct dial number. However, in that case you'll be charged for the phone call as per your standard long distance rates.

For some sessions when you break into small groups each group will be given a different access code so that they can talk amongst themselves. The phone number will be the same for all groups; only the access code will differ.

Screen Sharing with Elluminate 

We will be using a tool called Elluminate to allow you to view presentations during synchronous sessions. To connect to the Ellulminate session just point your web browser to: After visiting this url your computer should automatically connect to the Elluminate session. It will ask you to provide your name and then you'll need click 'trust' or 'run' when prompted. Once connected it will ask you about your connection speed (choose Cable/DSL or LAN depending whether you are at home or work) The first time you do this there will also be a software download that happens automatically in the background. When connecting to subsequent sessions the connection should happen more quickly.

Once connected to the session you'll see a chat window on the left where you can send messages to the group (e.g. to ask questions of the presenter) and a main window where the presentation will appear. In some cases an additional window may appear allowing you to view items running on the presenter's computer. Elluminate has many other features which we will not be using for this workshop. In particular note that Elluminate has an audio option which we will not be using. Please use the conference call instructions above to connect with a normal phone to the audio portion of the synchronous sessions.

If you have problems connecting to the Elluminate session you find it helpful to visit which will walk you through checking your computer's configuration.

Setting up Your SERC Account 

1. First you'll need to create a SERC account. 
Go here: and create an account with the same email address you used when you applied for the workshop. 

2. Then return to that same URL and you should see a link to view your page. Click the red 'Edit' link to edit and follow the help that's available on-screen.

Participating in the Online Discussions 

You will need a SERC account to participate in the discussions. If you do not have an account yet, please visit to register. After that you may freely post and see others' posts.

Filling out and Modifying Online Submissions 

Each workshop participant will submit one or more examples of classroom materials. The submission process is done online. To get started, fill out the online submission form. Make sure to use the same email address that you used for applying for this workshop when you complete the form. Complete some or all of the form, then submit it. After you submit the form you will be able to edit and modify the form via your SERC account. Login to your account and you should see a link to your activity page. 

A 5 minute Screencast Showing how to Create an Account, Edit your Profile and Submit and Edit an Activity Sheet