Monday, August 17, 2015

How To Navigate CC Connected (and Organize Your Files!)

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It goes by several different names. CC Connected. The File Share. CCC or C3.

But what exactly is CC Connected? 


The best way to describe the File Share is an online database where fellow Classical Conversations participants upload files they have created that support and supplement the memory work and larger program of Classical Conversations, such as fine arts and science experiments. There are also places where you can check out tutorials and even participate in a fourm.

You can find all sorts of uploads on the File Share … from maps to worksheets to music to links of videos showing hand motions.

But for now… let’s just focus on how to actually USE the program. In 2014 the File Share was updated to streamline organization and host the ever-increasing files. But there are three important things you should know about the File Share:
  1. Not everything uploaded is necessary for you.
  2. Not everything uploaded is error free (I’ve uploaded some things myself, only to find out I had made an oopsie).
  3. Not everything uploaded is from the current edition. Make sure your materials sync up with your current edition of the Foundations Guide. Be mindful of upload dates. 

Now, let’s dig in.

First, go to www.ClassicalConversations.com and log into the official website.

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Once logged in, click on the Connected tab. There will be a banner that pops up when you hover on the Connected Tab. At the moment of writing this, YOU CANNOT GET TO THE FILESHARE FROM THIS BANNER. So click on the actual Connected tab. Or just go straight here.

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In order to access the File Share, you need to purchase a subscription. As of writing this, the cost was $6/month (tutors receive a discount).

On the right hand side you will see a little blue box. Click on File Sharing.

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Woohoo! You made it to the File Share! Now, take a deep breath. There are literally THOUSANDS of uploads on here. But, thankfully, you don’t have to download every single one!

Let’s talk about some of the navigational tools. There are search buttons where you can select which cycle you want to look at. But be aware – some things are repeated each cycle (like math and timeline) but people uploaded things under a specific cycle. So to access items that bridge cycles, be sure to select “All Cycles

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Also, I find it easiest to always set my search selection to 60 items instead of 10. I like to do this because sometimes loading a new page can be a little sluggish so this helps streamline my time.

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You can also search by week and by category.

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Or you can search by uploader NAME. This is particularly helpful to me and probably my favorite way to search. You can also search by file type, which is great when you want to find a song (.mp3) or a .pdf of something.

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Now, to download an item, you can either click on the item name OR you can click the little blue arrow in a circle.

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Now you're ready to go! Enjoy exploring the File Share! 

Helpful Tip For Saving Files!


Whenever you download something, edit the file by putting the username at the END of your title. That way you can find it again. For example, I uploaded a dice compilation document that has 24 different ways to say memory work with the roll of a dice. So, the file on my computer went from this:

dice compilation.pdf

to this:

dice compilation.bentkitchen.pdf


Helpful Tip For Organizing Files!

In order to keep track of my files, I put a number in front of all my files to correspond with the weeks they correlate to. This is especially helpful in keeping track of Fine Arts or Science Experiments. For example, here's my Science Experiment folder for Cycle 3:


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Helpful Tip For Music Files!

For those with a Mac -- you may occasionally download a song from the fileshare and it downloads like this: songtitle.m4a.mp3 
It WILL NOT play in iTunes/media player. In order to get it to work, delete the [.mp3] extension. A pop up box will ask you if you want to change the extension. Which you do. Click the change to [.m4a] button. (YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS CHANGE IN ITUNES. Make it in your finder window/download window.)

THEN your songs will play in iTunes.
NOTE: If you are using iCloud to synch your music, some songs will not automatically upload because of how they were recorded. [.m4a] files will not, for example. In iTunes, RIGHT CLICK on the song and select "Create AAC Version." This will automatically duplicate your song and create a cloud-friendly version.


Final Thoughts

And lastly, remember the three things I mentioned at the beginning:
  1. Not everything uploaded is necessary for you.
  2. Not everything uploaded is error free (I’ve uploaded some things myself, only to find out I had made an oopsie).
  3. Not everything uploaded is from the current edition. Make sure your materials sync up with your current edition of the Foundations Guide. Be mindful of upload dates.

Saturday, August 1, 2015