Windows, Mac OSX, and Chromebook

Option 1

This option is best for setting up your trial on a larger number of computers.

  1. First you will need somewhere to store a file. This can be done either on an external media device i.e. USB key, or on a server if your classroom computers are networked.
  2. Open the program selection page using your trial link. Once on this page, drag the green secure lock icon in the URL browser bar to the desired location i.e. desktop, USB drive, network server. You will need to left click, and hold down the mouse button in order to drag the icon. Essential Skills Trial Shortcut Icon
  3. Once you’ve completed the above correctly, you should have a shortcut to the program selection screen in the location where you’ve chosen to store it. It should look something like the below image. Essential Skills Trial Shortcut Icon
  4. Copy this shortcut to each computer that you’d like to provide with access to your Essential Skills trial. This can be done either by way of your chosen media device, or via your computer network.
  5. The first time your students access the program selection screen, ask them to bookmark the page for easy access.

     

Option 2

If you’re only setting up a small number of computers, you can also forward your trial email to a webmail account e.g. Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo etc. and then access your webmail from the computer(s) where you want to set up the trial.

  1. Forward your trial email to your webmail account
  2. Log into your webmail on the computer(s) where you’d like to set up the trial
  3. Follow step 2 outlined in option 1 to add a shortcut to the desktop

Need help? Give us a call 1-800-753-3727, or drop us an email support@essentialskills.com

iPad

Option 1

This can be the simplest option if your iPads have AirDrop enabled. Please visit the following page to learn more about setting up and using Apple AirDrop

  1. Access your trial homepage from an AirDrop enabled Apple device and then share the site via AirDrop
  2. Once you’ve shared the page, follow step 2 from ‘Option 2’ below in order to bookmark the page, or add it to your home screen

Option 2

Enter the trial web address that you received in your email into the web browser on the iPads that you’d like to provide with access, and bookmark or add a shortcut to your home screen. You can forward your trial email to a webmail account e.g. Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo etc. and then access your webmail from the iPad(s) where you want to set up the trial. See ‘Option 2’ under the ‘Windows, Mac OS X & Chromebook’ heading above for more details.

  1. From your trial page, tap the share icon Share Icon for Essential Skills at the top of the browser, select “Add to Home Screen” from the menu, and tap “Add” when prompted

IPad Displaying Essential Skills Interface

Android

Option 1

Enter the trial web address that you received in your email into the web browser on the Android devices that you’d like to provide with access and bookmark or add a shortcut to your home screen

  1. Touch the Add Bookmark button to the right of the address bar. It’s shaped like a star.
  2. Choose a name for the bookmark and choose the bookmark folder you would like to use.

Option 2

If you’re only setting up a small number of Android devices, you can also forward your trial email to a webmail account e.g. Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo etc. and then access your webmail from the Android device(s) where you want to set up the trial.
See ‘Option 2’ under the ‘Windows, Mac OS X & Chromebook’ heading above for more details

Need help? Give us a call 1-800-753-3727, or drop us an email support@essentialskills.com