Before you begin working through the course content in the "Explorations" area, you need to make sure the computer you are using is configured properly for the multimedia that you will encounter. To do so refer to the first 4 links under "Resources" in the lefthand menu. These are: "Computer System," "Internet Connection," "Browser Options." and "Plugins."

Below are specifications and tests to help make sure everything is in working order.

Flash movies and Quicktime video

We have Flash movies and Quicktime video material in many of the explorations in this course. Chances are pretty good that you already use a Web browser that is configured to open up a Quicktime movie and play swf (Flash) files, but to be safe, here are some "test" files that you should try out now to make sure you won't have problems later in the course. If these files run smoothly for you, then you're ready to go. If you can't get one or any of the files below to play on your computer, then please refer to the steps at the bottom of this page to troubleshoot your problem.



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Computer System

Operating System
Windows 2000/XP or Vista, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher (10.3 or higher recommended)

1 GHz or higher

256 MB of RAM

Hard Drive Space
500 MB free disk space

Internet Connection

A broadband (cable or DSL) connection is required.

Browser Options

Recommended Browsers

Firefox and Safari are preferred as they will provide the fastest
experience possible for students.

Mac OS X: Firefox, Safari (current version)
Windows: Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer (current version)


Cookies, Java, and JavaScript must be enabled.
Pop-up blockers should be configured to permit new windows
from Penn State Web sites.

Due to nonstandard handling of CSS, JavaScript and caching,
we do not support using Internet Explorer 6 as your browser.


Adobe Reader [Download from Adobe]
Flash Player [Download from Adobe]

Image Creation

Under each resource, make a comment.  Comments regarding possible uses in art education, problems encountered, or offer solutions and tips will be helpful to others. Also, feel free to bookmark additional resources that you find.  Bookmarks that are tagged in Diigo with image_creation will automatically be viewable to others on this page.


Course participants can tag more animation resources in Diigo, and here use the comment link below to add comments about the animation resource regarding uses in art education, problems encountered, or offer solutions and tips.

Social Networking

Try these social networking sites incorporated into your art teaching practice.

Under each resource tagged in Diigo and brought in here is a brief description and a link below for course participants to add comments about the resource regarding uses in art education, problems encountered, or offer solutions and tips.

Web Editing

There are many free or open source web editing programs for use in your art teaching.

Concept Mapping