1. I’m confused about how to get started. Where can I go for help?
  2. I use a Macintosh computer. Will LiveText work on my computer?
  3. Do you recommend I type directly in LiveText or first in my word-processor?
  4. Can I add a new section to my document?
  5. Can I add a new page to my document?
  6. Can I add graphics to LiveText?
  7. When I add pictures to my portfolio, the picture is very large. What should I do?
  8. Where can I find a digital camera at NLU?
  9. How do I use a Sony Mavica digital camera?
  10. How do I add Learn360 (formerly Discovery United Streaming) Video?
  11. Can I get a virus from LiveText?
  12. My instructor wants to see my work in LiveText. Can I just print it out?
  13. How do I protect my privacy while using LiveText?
  14. I’m done with my portfolio and want to get rid of the "Guidelines" and instructions. Can I hide these?
  15. How do I sort the documents I’ve created?
  16. How do I search for one of my documents in LiveText?
  17. How do I organize my documents?

I’m confused about how to get started. Where can I go for help?

1.     While logged into your LiveText account, a “Help” button appears in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  Click that “Help” button.  On the next webpage, click on the “For Students” tab and you will see the help menu.

2.     Once familiar with LiveText, additional requests for troubleshooting may be sent to Livetext@nl.edu.

3.     If you prefer to talk to someone from our NLU LiveText Portfolio Support Team, call and leave us a message at 312-261-3343.  We check messages every Sun-Thurs at 6 p.m.

4.     To contact LiveText directly send an email to Support@livetext.com or call (866) L-I-V-E-T-E-X-T, that’s (866) 548-3839.

5.     Please remember, nothing substitutes for active use of the site.  Everyone is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the various features.  As with many software programs, individual practice is expected.

I use a Macintosh computer. Will LiveText work on my computer?

YES. Because this is a website, it is available for both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.  LiveText’s first browser recommendation for a Mac computer is Firefox.  Safari is not recommended for use, though, since the editor does not function as well as when using Firefox. The second recommendation for internet browsers is Netscape 9.0.0.6.

Do you recommend I type directly in LiveTextor first in my word processor?

It is always best to type and save as much as possible.  This is best done by saving your work first as a document, and then copying/pasting it into LiveText.  You never know if you are going to be knocked off the internet or have some other problem arise.  So be sure to have documents saved on your computer, too.  This means that you always have a backup:  if your computer crashes you have your files in your LiveText account.  There is no limit to the amount of files you add to your LiveText account.  For highly formatted files such as your resume, it is recommended that you attach your resume into LiveText.

Can I add a new section to my document?

Yes.  To add a new section:

1.     On the main page in the Dashboard or Documents view, click on the document that you would like to add a section to.

2.     Click on the document you wish to work with.

3.     In the “Table of Contents” window to the right of your document, choose the page in which you wish to add a section.

4.     Click on “Manage Sections” tab located above the “edit” button”.

5.     Next, click on “Create Sections” tab.  A drop-down menu will appear giving you the choice of adding a  “Text & Image” section.

6.     Enter a Section Title for your new section and choose ok. 

7.     Your new section will appear as the last page of your document.  If you wish to change the page order, check the box next to the section you wish to move, and then choose the Section Order tab and you will be able to rearrange your pages by clicking on the up or down arrows.

8.     Remember to click on “Save & Finish” to save your new section.

Can I add a new page to my document?

Certainly!  To add a new page to your document…

1.     On the main page in the Dashboard or Documents view, click on the document that you would like to add a page to.

2.     Choose the “Manage Pages” tab.

3.     Click on the “New” tab to add a new section.  A pop-up window will ask you for a page title for your new page.  Type in your title and click ok.

4.     Your new page will appear as the last page of your document.  If you wish to change the page order, check the box next to the page you wish to move and then choose the page order tab and you will be able to rearrange your pages by clicking on the up or down arrows.

5.     Be sure to “Save and Finish” your work.  You will now need to add a New Section in order to add text for this page. (see section directly above.)

Can I add graphics to LiveText?

YES.  An explanation for inserting graphics into a page in LiveText is available here on the Step-by-Step Directions for Beginners page.  For best results, insert images in the .jpg or .gif format.

When I add pictures to my portfolio, the picture is very large. What should I do?

When you inserted your picture, you were given the option to choose a type of display size.  If you want to change the display size, please follow these directions:

1.     On the main page in the Dashboard or Documents view, click on the document that you would like change a picture in.

2.     Choose the “Edit” button in the page in which the picture is located.

3.     Click on the “Insert Image” tab above the Section Editor.  You will see the name of the inserted image, a caption (if you added one), the display size, and the placement.

4.     Click on the “Display Size” to show the drop-down menu.  Depending upon the size of your graphic, you will be given these size options: original, large, medium, small, or thumbnail. 

5.     Highlight the size you wish to change your picture to, and then click on “Save & Finish” to insure that your changes have been made.

The "resolution" of the picture you are using may still be set too high.  This means that you have more detail in your picture than needed.  Resolution is set when you scanned or took the picture.  On a scanner, you only need to set the resolution for 72 dots per inch (DPI).  On a digital camera, set it for the smallest size, often 640x480.  When you attach a graphic with the lower resolution, it should be a more appropriate size.

Please Note:  You can only have one image per document section.  Pictures that have a high resolution will show up in LiveText very LARGE.  You will need to change the display size as explained in #8 above.  If your image is still too large, you will need to reduce the resolution of the picture using a photo-editing program or website, such as http://www.picnik.com  If you use Picnik, upload the picture file first, then “Save and Share”, give the file a new name (so it doesn’t replace your original), then lower the “JPG compression quality” by dragging the bar to the left.  Then click "Save" and follow the directions above for inserting a picture.

Where can I find a digital camera at NLU?

The AV department on each campus has several digital cameras including a SONY Digital Camera that you can check out for on-campus use.  These use 3.5-inch floppy disks, so that you can easily transfer them to your own personal computer. Please contact:

  • Chicago:  ext. 3205
  • Wheeling:  ext. 2592
  • Lisle:  ext. 4458
  • Elgin:  ext. 8011                                                                                                              

How do I use a Sony Mavicadigital camera?

1.     Bring a 35” floppy disk with you.

2.     Place the floppy disk into the camera.

3.     Turn on the camera and choose to take a still picture or video.

4.     Take your pictures or movie.

5.     Take your floppy disk out of the camera.

6.     Your photo images are now on your floppy disk.

7.     If you need to take several pictures, bring more than one floppy disk.  Image files are rather large and it is possible that floppy disks will only hold one or two photo images.

How do I add Learn360 (formerly United Streaming) video?

Available only for accounts that have paid for this feature

1.     In the “Documents” tab, click on the name of the document you would like to add your video.

2.     Click on the specific page you wish to add your video (found under the “Table of Contents” at the right side of the screen).

3.     In the upper right part of the document you want to edit there is an “edit” button, click "edit".

4.     This section must be a "Resources" section. If your page does not have a "Resources" section, you must create one:

5.     Click on “Manage Sections" in the upper right.

6.     Click "Create Section" and choose "Resources".

7.     Enter a Section title and click "OK".

8.     Your new Resources section should now be visible in the list of sections on your page.

9.     Click "Save and Finish" in the upper right to save your changes. You will be taken back to View Mode.

10.  In the upper right part of the resource page you want to edit there is an “edit” button, click "edit".

11.  There are four tabs that you can click on here, Resource List, Add Personal Resource, Add Live Text Resource, and Add Learn360® Video.

12.  Click on the “Add Learn360® Video” tab, and click the “Go to Add Learn360®” button.

13.  You should be taken to the Add Learn360® Video webpage.

14.  At this point first time users will be required to register with Discovery Education Streaming. Please fill out the information requested, and then continue. If you ever choose to access the Discovery Education Streaming website directly, you will be prompted to enter this username and password.

15.  Type in a keyword to search for the type of video you'd like, or you may browse by subject area, grade level, media format, and/or state standards shown on the left side of the screen.

16.  Select a video to view. Once you see the video there will be a blue link above the video that says, “Add Video to LiveText.”

17.  Click "Add Video to LiveText" to add the full video.

18.  The other cool thing about Learn360® Video is you can add a segment of the video rather than having a full-length film.  In the description of the media, the run time will be given with the option to edit the length.  In addition, the media formats you can choose from include full video, video clip, audio, image, newsreel, or audio/video speeches.

19.  You will be brought back to the edit mode on your resources page. Here you must click on the “Save & Finish” button to save the clip.

20.The title of your clip should now be listed under the proper section. You should be able to click on the title of the clip for instant access to it.

Can I get a virus from LiveText?

As with any website, yes, you can.  Files you download are potentially virus infected.  Therefore, it is your responsibility to have a virus protection program installed on your computer and keep your virus “definitions” up-to-date.  Generally, LiveText cannot create a virus, only proliferate an existing one.

My instructor wants to see my work on LiveText. Can I just print it out?

Yes.  Sometimes it is easier to prove that you are keeping up with your portfolio development by printing the page you would like your instructor to see.  While in your portfolio, click on the “Print” tab.  Your document will appear.  If you wish to print the entire document, click on print in the upper right hand corner.  If you wish to only print a portion of your portfolio, click on the titles of pages or sections to prevent them from printing and then click on print in the upper right hand corner.

Of course, if your instructor would like to review your portfolio online, you will need to properly send/submit it for review to that instructor.  Steps for sending/submitting your portfolio are available here on the Beginning Steps for Your Electronic Portfolio using LiveText.

How do I protect my privacy while using LiveText?

Your LiveText files are private unless you send/submit or share them with others.  To maintain this privacy and protect your account information:

1.     Do NOT respond “Yes” if you are asked if your password should be saved on a lab computer or any computer other than your own.

2.     Logout of LiveText after each use by hitting “Logout” in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

3.     When in a lab or on any computer other than your own, logoff or restart the computer after using it.

I’m done with my portfolio and want to get rid of the “Guidelines” and instructions. Can I hide these?

Yes.  Follow these steps in order to hide a whole page in your portfolio:

1.     On the main page in the Dashboard or Documents view, click on the document that you would like to hide a page within.

2.     Click on the “Manage Pages” tab.

3.     Check the box(es) to the left of the page(s) you would like to hide.

4.     Click the “Hide” tab.

5.     Click the “Save & Finish” tab to save your work.

6.     If at any time you wish to unhide any of your hidden pages, follow steps 1-3, and then click on the “Unhide” tab to see your pages again.

Follow these steps in order to hide only a section on a page in your portfolio:

1.     On the main page in the Dashboard or Documents view, click on the document that you would like to hide a section within.

2.     Under the “Table of Contents” on the right side of the page, click on the page your section is in.

3.     Click on the “Manage Sections” tab which is located above the “Edit” button.

4.     Check the box to the left of the section you would like to hide.

5.     Click the “Hide” tab.

6.     Click the “Save & Finish” tab to save your work.

7.     If at any time you wish to unhide any of your hidden sections, follow steps 1-3, and then click on the “Unhide” tab to see your section(s) again.

How do I sort the documents I’ve created?

1.     On the main page in the Dashboard or Documents view, click on the document that you would like to hide a page within.

2.     Click on “Title”, “Type”, “Date Created” or “Date Modified” in order to sort your documents according to that property.

3.     You can sort your documents in any folder in LiveText such as your “Inbox”, “Sent”, “Reviews”, etc.

How do I search for one of my documents in LiveText?

1.     Go to the folder you would like to search such as your “My Work” or “Inbox.

2.     Click the arrow to the right of the “Search” button to select the fields of documents which you would like to search such as “Title” or “Description.

3.     Type your search words into the text box to the left of the “Search” button, and hit enter/return on your keyboard.

4.     Only the documents that match your search will now be listed.

5.     To see all of your documents again, simply click on the tab you would like to see such as “Dashboard” or “Documents”.

How do I organize my documents?

System Labels in LiveText already created for you are:

1.     My Work:  all work you have created or edited.

2.     Inbox:  all work shared with you (as viewer and/or editor).

3.     Sent:  all work sent/submitted or shared by you with others.

4.     All:  All work to which you have access (others and your own).

5.     Trash:  all work you have deleted.

In addition to system labels, you can create two types of labels to further organize your documents.  They are “Labels” and “Smart Labels”.  Labels give you a manual method for you to organize your documents.  Smart labels automatically apply your documents through a set of predefined search criteria such as the type of document and creation date.  Labels are like tags attached to your documents.  All documents with the same label will be grouped together.  A single document can be given more than one label.

To create additional labels, go click on the “Documents” tab.

1.     Click on the “Manage My Labels” tab.

2.     You will see the LiveText created labels including assessments, courses, lesson plans, portfolios, and projects.  If you wish to create another label, click on the “New” tab.

3.     You will be given the choice of choosing a standard label or smart label.  Highlight “Label” in the drop-down menu.

4.     You will be taken to a window in which you may add the name and description.  Click on the “Save” button to save your label.

5.     You will now see your label in the “Manage My Labels” window.

To create additional smart labels, follow steps 1-3 above.

1.     When you are given a choice between label and smart label in the drop-down menu, highlight the smart label.

2.     You will be taken to a window in which you may add the name and description.  You will also be asked to select from the following conditions:

a.     Match all or any (of the following conditions)

b.     Title, author, label, document type, created, modified

c.     Is, is not, contains, does not contain, starts with, ends with

d.     A blank area to add your own condition

e.     Sort by title, document type, modified, created

3.     Click on the “Add” button after you have selected your conditions.  Then click on the “Save” button to save your smart label.

4.     You will now see your label in the “Manage My Labels” window.

To edit your labels and smart labels:

1.     Click on the “Documents” tab.

2.     Click on the “Manage My Labels” tab.

3.     Check the box to the left of the label you wish to edit.

4.     Click the “Edit Titles” tab.

5.     You will be taken to a window to change the title of your label.

To delete your labels and smart labels:

1.     Click on the “Documents” tab.

2.     Click on the “Manage My Labels” tab.

3.     Check the box to the left of the label you wish to delete.  (Do not delete any of the LiveText labels (assessment, courses, lesson plans, portfolios, or projects).

4.     Click on the “Delete” tab to delete any of the labels you have created.

 

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