Technical Learning Solutions

Orchard & Practice Planet by Siboney

For more information please click on Orchard

For more information please click on Practice Planet

DESCRIPTION:

Orchard Software provides targeted instruction in math, reading, writing, language arts, and science for grades K-9. It combines formative and benchmark assessments aligned with state standards, motivating instruction, and qualitative data reporting, and is use by schools across the country looking to improve AYP. Orchard Software provides schools with a powerful solution that enables educators to adapt and deliver both individualized and whole class instruction that meets the needs of all students, including ELL learners and those with special needs. Orchard has proven effective in helping teachers differentiate instruction in multilevel classes and provides flexible pricing and scalability so that any classroom, school, or district can implement and take advantage of Orchard’s research-based and motivating content.

Practice Planet is a web-enabled assessment and practice software package that can be used to help prepare students for statewide standardized tests. The practice questions posed to students are geared to their academic assessment.

RELATED MATERIAL:

1) Click to open a brochure about Orchard software.



2) Click to open a brochure about Practice Planet software.


NOTES ON ORCHARD SOFTWARE:

  • A server would be deployed at each school ordering the software. Please see manufacturer’s specifications for server requirements.
  • The vendor recommends that Orchard software be used with wired systems. If, however, you wish to use this application with wireless laptops, there is another deployment possible, called the “hybrid” model; if this is the case, please contact DIIT for information and assistance.
  • This software requires that a special feature, file-sharing, is enabled on each desktop. Please contact DIIT for instructions in carrying out this process.

MANUFACTURER’S SPECIFICATIONS FOR ORCHARD SOFTWARE

Macintosh Workstation*

  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 to Mac OS X 10.4.10 (Mac OS X 10.5 is not yet supported)
  • 300MHz G3 (G4 or faster recommended)
  • 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 10BaseT Ethernet (100BaseT recommended) or 802.11a/g/n wireless with local content, full-duplex, switched network
  • 800 x 600 display with 16-bit color (thousands of colors)
  • Mouse and keyboard
  • Speakers or headphones (optional, but required to use some activities)
  • Printer, local or networked (optional, but recommended)
  • Microphone (optional, but required to use some features)

Windows Workstation*

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, or Vista (Vista Basic is not supported)
  • 400MHz Pentium II (Pentium III or faster recommended)
  • 256MB RAM Windows 2000 and XP (512MB recommended); 512MB RAM Windows Vista (1GB recommended)
  • 40MB of free hard drive space
  • 10BaseT Ethernet (100BaseT recommended) or 802.11a/g/n wireless with local content, full-duplex, switched network
  • 800 x 600 display with 16-bit color (thousands of colors)
  • Mouse and keyboard
  • Sound card with speakers or headphones (optional, but required to use some activities)
  • Printer, local or networked (optional, but recommended)
  • Microphone (optional, but required to use some features)
  • Standard font and theme settings highly recommended

    * Some Skill Trees are incompatible with Mac OS X and Windows Vista. See the document entitled

Orchard Gold Star 4.3 - Supported Platform
Compatibility for additional information.
Server

  • Mac OS X Server 10.3.9 to 10.4.10 (Mac OS X Server 10.5 is not yet supported)
  • Windows NT Server 4.0 with SP 6A (or later), Windows Server 2000 with SP3 (or later), or Windows 2003 Server
  • Novell Netware 6.0 with Support Pack 2 (or later) or Netware 6.5 with Support Pack 2 (or later)
  • Linux with MySQL and Samba properly configured (Linux is not currently supported for Mac OS X workstations)
  • Up to 12 GB of free hard drive space for a full Orchard Gold Star installation*
  • Full-duplex, switched network
  • CD or DVD drive (for installation only)

    * See the document entitled Orchard Gold Star 4.3 - Disk Space Requirements for New Installation for detailed disk space requirements.

Orchard Gold Star 4.3

Recommended Hardware Configurations

  • Concurrent Users Processor RAM Network
  • 1-9 450MHz Pentium II or faster
  • 400MHz G3 or faster
  • 512MB 10BaseT (100BaseT recommended)
  • 10-49 800MHz Pentium III or faster
  • 733MHz G4 or faster
  • 768MB 100BaseT (1000BaseT recommended)
  • 50-99 1GHz Pentium III or faster
  • 1GHz G4 or faster
  • 1GB 100BaseT (1000BaseT recommended)
  • 100-199 1.5 GHz Pentium IV or faster
  • 1.6 GHz G5 or faster
  • 1GB 100BaseT (1000BaseT recommended)
  • 200 or more Please contact customer support at 1-888-351-4199.
  • 4-2

NOTES ON PRACTICE PLANET SOFTWARE:

  • As with all web-based applications, please be sure that your school has enough bandwidth to run the application, even when used concurrently by several students.  If you have questions about your school’s bandwidth, please contact DIIT.
  • Flash V. 8 or newer must be installed.
  • Cookies must be enabled.
  • JavaScript must be enabled.
  • Audio feature may be enabled or disabled.
  • Licensing is on a per student basis.

MANUFACTURER’S SPECIFICATIONS FOR PRACTICE PLANET SOFTWARE

Windows

  • Version - Windows 2000, XP, Vista
  • CPU - 300 MHz Pentium III or newer
  • Memory (RAM) - 192 MB minimum 256 MB recommended
  • Hard Disk - 50 MB available for browser cache
  • Display - 1024 x 768 or greater 16-bit (thousands) color or greater
  • Sound - Sound card and speakers or headphones optional
  • Network - 128 kbps per concurrent user
  • Browser - Firefox 2.0 or newer (recommended), Internet Explorer 6.x or newer
  • Plug-ins and Browser Settings - Flash Player 8 or newer, Cookies Enabled, JavaScript Enabled

Macintosh

  • Version - Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer
  • CPU - 300 MHz G3 or newer including Intel
  • Memory (RAM) - 192 MB minimum 256 MB recommended
  • Hard Disk - 50 MB available for browser cache
  • Display - 1024 x 768 or greater 16-bit (thousands) color or greater
  • Sound - Speakers or headphones optional
  • Network - 128 kbps per concurrent user
  • Browser - Safari 2.0 or newer, Firefox 2.0 or newer
  • Plug-ins and Browser Settings - Flash Player 8 or newer, Cookies Enabled, JavaScript Enabled