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Help Desk
If you need technical support you can reach our Helpdesk by calling 763-389-7253 during regular office hours (7:30am-4:00pm) or through email at helpdesk@isd477.org

Student Services web-based courses are offered through Odyesseyware, and are designed to work on modern browsers and operating systems. Most students will be able to access their courses using any computer that has a current web-browser and Internet access. Visit this website to see if your browser is up-to-date. 

Students are expected to be competent at using the Internet including downloading and uploading files, email and Princeton Google Apps for Education (Gmail, Google Drive, Calendar, Google Classroom, etc). Princeton Online Academy will provide an @isd477.org email account for student/teacher communication and students are expected to use their email account as the primary method for communication. 

Computer access
For those without a compatible computer or device, Chromebooks can be loaned to students for use while actively enrolled in Princeton Online Academy.  Families are required to sign a Device Use Agreement before a device will be given to student.  Click here to download a copy of the agreement.  Devices can only be picked up and returned at the Student Services Office, located at Princeton High School.  Office hours are generally Mon-Fri from 7:30-4:00.

For those using personal devices, those with larger screens such as Chromebooks and iPads are good choices. Mobile devices with smaller screens such as smartphones or iPods will not provide the best experience and functionality necessary for Princeton Online Academy. 

Internet Access
While high-speed home Internet access makes the experience of learning online much more satisfying, it is not absolutely necessary. Some areas of Minnesota unfortunately do not yet have high-speed access available. For those areas that have high-speed access available, however, it is definitely the preferred type of internet access for the program. Princeton School District provides wireless Internet access at all face-to-face campuses and drop-in centers in Princeton, MN for students to use. If you are enrolling fully online (not supplemental) please take your access to Internet into account and plan for a backup (ie. going to a library, local business with free wifi, friend/relative’s house, etc) if you are unable to reach our drop-in center. 

Hardware/Software Requirements

Hardware:
  • A Macintosh computer running OS 10 or higher, or a PC-compatible computer, running Windows 7 or higher
  • Microphone and speakers (or headset) providing Audio In and Out capability
  • Internet connection (modem, cable modem, or DSL), 2 GB or more of installed RAM
  • While we make every effort to make things accessible on all platforms, not all course content may be friendly on all devices.
  • Click here for instructions to use your Chromebook offline.

Software:

  • The primary software platform for Princeton Online Academy student creation will be web-based creation tools built into Google Apps for Education and Google Drive. Including Google Docs (Documents), Google Slides (Presentation) and Google Sheets (spreadsheets). 
  • Access to a locally-installed word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. 
  • A Web browser: FireFox v30 or higher, Chrome v36 or higher, Internet Explorer v9 or higher; can also be used to access online course materials. It is possible that under some conditions, browsers other than FireFox or Chrome may not provide full functionality. Safari is not recommended. 
    • If you use an iPad you may want to consider downloading the Chrome app.
    • Keep your browser current to improve security and functionality.
  • Web Conferencing Software: Typically we will be using the Link in the course if we need to connect for Virtual sessions. Other options may include: Google+, Skype, or Join.Me in order to share desktop in case assistance is needed. 
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