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Chapter 4: Setting Up the Work Station

4.1 Setting Up the Workstation (4 to 6 Hours)

(Revised 12/10)

Teach setting up the workstation using the following steps.

  1. Determine the most effective way for the consumer to take notes.
  2. Provide instruction on the CPU including
    • turning on the computer and shutting it down,
    • performing a cold reboot,
    • connecting peripherals to the computer,
    • testing a scanner, and
    • printing a test page.
  3. If applicable, provide instruction on PC-access and laptop (USB) video magnifier/OCR devices including
    • installing device software;
    • testing device features (connectivity, panning, zoom, contrast, distance viewing, etc.);
    • setting the focus and contrast on a video magnifier;
    • changing device settings; and
    • using line markers.
  4. Provide instruction on organizing the workstation including
    • the importance of good lighting,
    • the most efficient arrangement of peripherals, and
    • labeling important keys on a computer keyboard.
  5. Provide instruction on organizing tech support phone numbers for relevant software and hardware and how to use them.

4.2 Performance Objectives and Measurements

(Revised 12/10)

Measure the following during workstation set-up training.

  1. The consumer can turn the computer on, shut the computer down correctly, and connect all peripherals to the CPU—Yes or No.
  2. If applicable, the consumer can use the split-screen feature and adjust the video magnifier effectively—Yes, No, or NA (not applicable).
  3. The consumer can identify a problem, contact tech support, and provide a clear, concise description of the problem—Yes or No.

Note: If the consumer needs additional training on how to set up the workstation or video magnifier, contact the EAS or counselor before providing training beyond the authorized time.