Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Eton Greek Software Project

The Eton Greek Software Project
Eton College
The Eton classics department has commissioned software to help with the learning of Greek vocabulary and grammar, making use of the new Oxford Greek Grammar by James Morwood. Oxford University Press has collaborated in this enterprise, and the Provost and Fellows of Eton College have made the programs available on the internet as a free service in accord with the college’s aims as a charitable organisation. The Reading Greek parts of the project have been developed in association with the Department of Classical Studies at the Open University. The Chandris Group has given generous support to the project.
The software, which is designed by Tony Smith, is in self-contained and manageable stages. Several stages have now been completed and consist of four vocabulary testers (for AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, OCR AS-level, and a Reading Greek vocabulary tester), three verb testers (for GCSE, AS-level, and a Reading Greek verb tester), four noun testers (for AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, OCR AS-level, three adjective testers, and a Reading Greek noun tester), all of which can be accessed below. The responses are multiple-choice or written. There is also a downloadable word list suitable for use with the OCR AS-level. The next stage will be a syntax program consisting of ‘drag-and-drop’or ‘gap-filling’ exercises.
Please click on the links below for the testers and the word list.
The developers of the project would welcome your comments or suggestions. Please click here to send them an email.
Accessing the testers on a tablet or mobile device

The vocabulary and grammar testers won’t work in a standard web browser on an iOS or Android device as they are flash-based.  To use the testers on a tablet or mobile device, please follow these instructions:

·         Install the Puffin Academy app via iTunes or the Google Play store.
·         Launch the app and In the Puffin Academy app browser, search for ‘Eton Greek’
·         You can then click ‘Install’ to create a shortcut to the Eton Greek Project in Puffin Academy.
·         It will load this Eton College website page and the links to the testers should now work through the app.

Note: Your school network administrator may have to whitelist the IP addresses used by the app – more information here.

Accessing the testers on a Mac
Note that the testers don’t work in the default Mac browser, Safari. Instead, we recommend using Google Chrome where they should load as normal. 
In Google Chrome, you may also need to follow these instructions to enable Adobe Flash Player.
Mac OS High Sierra – this version seems to affect Flash and means the above method might not work. If you have issues, this fix should work:

1.    Open SAFARI (not Chrome, contrary to the instructions above)
2.    Install Flash: 
3.    Close and reopen Safari
4.    Go to Safari > Preferences
5.    Click on the ‘Websites’ tab
6.    Ensure Adobe Flash Player is enabled in the Plug-ins section
7.     Click on Adobe Flash Player in the Plug-Ins column and ensure it is set to ‘On’ for
8.    Now try to click on one of the links in the Eton Greek page:
9.    You should get the popup window ‘Would you like to use Flash on” – Select ‘Use Every Time’
10.   It should then work.

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