Christian Classroom Online Frequently Asked Questions | BJU Press Distance Learning
What are the benefits of CCO?
CCO offers an inexpensive option for small schools who are struggling to find and support qualified teachers. CCO allows for more efficient use of a school’s staff and gives the students the benefit of experienced instructors. Whether your school chooses to use CCO for 2 subjects or 20, the cost-effective pricing and engaging content are a welcome solution to budget constraints and student needs.
How much is it?
Each package costs $129 (special introductory price) and includes
- One facilitator login allowing access to resource materials, online teacher manual, etc.
- One video login enabling access to all the video classes with 90 subjects to choose from.
- Online versions of Teacher’s Editions (abridged PDF format)
If you have more than one subjects/section being taught simultaneously, you will need to purchase additional packages ($129 each) for each subject/section.
What else will I need?
Use of CCO necessitates purchasing student materials through BJU Press. We strongly recommend purchasing the student textbooks for every CCO course that your school plans to offer, since the video lessons and the textbooks work together for a complete learning experience. Each student will need to be able to follow along as the online instructor teaches the lesson. The textbooks are also necessary for the completion of reading assignments and other homework.
You will need
- High-speed internet for your school
- Student textbooks and essential materials
- Student test packets
- Teacher Answer Key
- A laptop or desktop PC, which meets system requirements
- A projector and/or a computer-ready monitor or TV (one with a VGA port)
Minimum Computer System Requirements
- Pentium class, 1 GHz, PC or equivalent
- Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7
- 512 MB RAM
- Best viewed at 1024 x 768 Resolution
- Recommend external speakers with adjustable volume control
Are student licenses available?
Only facilitator and video licenses are available at this time.
Can a student log in using my facilitator license?
The login information for facilitator or video licenses should never be given to or used by a student.
What are the bandwidth requirements for CCO?
You will need 768KB of bandwidth per instance of video streaming. Trying to stream too many classes simultaneously will cause all of the classes streamed to be degraded in quality and can cause buffering pauses, which will lengthen the time required to show the class.
For example, if you plan to have four classes streaming at the same time, you will need 4 x 768KB bandwidth. If you plan to have more than six instances at once, please call us at 800.845.5731 for further information.
When will CCO be available?
The Christian Classroom Online will be available starting August 1, 2010.
Whom do I contact to order?
Your territory manager can help you place your order. Check our sales force website to locate the territory manager nearest you.
Will students be able to take tests online?
Not at this time. Testing materials are purchased with student materials, or, in some cases, are provided in printable format with the facilitator login. CCO does not provide access to electronic assessments.
How do I figure out how many licenses my school will need?
You will need to purchase a separate facilitator/video license for each simultaneous viewing of CCO. One license is sufficient for as many courses as you can view at different times. You may wish to purchase additional packages to arrange your schedule in a way that’s most convenient for your school. The following scenarios should help you determine the number of licenses you will need. If you need further information, please call Customer Service at 800.845.5731.
Mrs. Brown facilitates—
1st grade math at 8:00 a.m.
2nd grade science at 9:00 a.m.
2nd grade history at 2:00 p.m.
—3 classes but all at different times = only 1 license needed
Mrs. Brown facilitates—
3 First-grade students all day – each viewing videos on their own laptop
And, at the same time…
Mr. Davis facilitates—
2 Fourth grade students all day – each viewing videos on their own laptop
—5 classes at the same time = 5 licenses needed
At 10:00 a.m., Mrs. Murphy oversees two classes in one large classroom. One half of the room does 12th grade British literature and the other half of the room does 7th grade Fundamentals of Math.
—2 classes at the same time = 2 licenses needed
Mrs. Garcia facilitates two sections of the same class—
Spanish 1 at 9:00 a.m. with 15 students all viewing the same class on a data projector.
And . . .
Spanish 1 at 2:00 p.m with 15 students all viewing the same class on a data projector.
—2 classes at different times = 1 license needed
How can students make up class time?
What can be done when students miss classes because of weather, class trips, or school-sponsored events? The most logical solution is for the student to use free hours during the school day or some after or before school time. Having one or two of the better students watch the recording, take notes, and share them will aid the students who are behind. You could then duplicate these notes for the other students.