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Web based student interactives are easy to use! All you need are certain plug-ins installed on your computer. In fact, your machine probably already has the main three you need for interactivity; Flash (Macromedia), Shockwave (Macromedia) and Java (Sun).  Plug-ins are software programs that extend the capabilities of a web browser in a specific way - giving you, for example, the ability to view animation, play audio samples, or view video movies from within your browser. When trying to access an interactive,  the web browser will usually inform you as to which plug-in is needed and where it can be obtained. Although this is convenient, the best way to avoid frustration is to make sure that you have the plug-ins already installed. The three that add interactivity to your browser are Shockwave, Flash, and Java. All three are FREE downloads and are reliable and very stable programs.

Download Shockwave. The Shockwave player allow you to experience interactive multimedia, including audio, video, animations, and puzzles, through your Web browser.

Download Flash. This player from Macromedia is another way to add interactivity to your web experience.

Download Java. This plug-in is from Sun Microsystems is another way to add interactivity to your browser. Most of the time this will be downloaded automatically. Just in case it does not, just click on the link and follow the instructions.

Download QuickTime. The QuickTime file format allows you to listen to sound files or see video files over the Net without having to wait for the whole file to download.

Download RealPlayer. The Real Media streaming file format allows you to listen to sound files or see video files over the net without having to wait for the whole file to download.

Download Acrobat Reader. Using the free Acrobat Reader software, available for Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX platforms, you can read and print the pages on your printer in a manner that accurately reproduces the printed Teacher's Guide, including fonts, pictures, and illustrations, and reproduces them much more accurately than standard HTML Web pages can.