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Online technology profile and readiness test

We strongly recommend schools take the following steps before the Big Science Competition online.

 

STEP 1. Your IT specialist deals with the technology profile paying attention to proxy server settings, firewalls and bandwidth.

STEP 2. The readiness test is done on each workstation or device before the day of the competition.
The readiness test will be sent on 30 April 2018 to all registered schools to ensure all workstations are fully functional.

STEP 3. Browser caches are cleared manually before the competition.

 

STEP 1. Technology profile

Please check that your school meets the following technology profile to ensure the Big Science Competition will operate within its network.

Your school’s IT specialist should make sure the web proxy servers can be accessed and bandwidth is maximised during the competition period.

Please Note:

  • Internet Explorer 8 is not supported.
  • The iPad mini is not supported.
Server asi.edu.au
Bandwidth to internet
(at each school)
  • 512 KB bandwidth for up to 20 users
  • 2 MB bandwidth for up 100 users
  • 5 MB bandwidth for more than 100 users.
  • Ensure that your school does not have any other classes using the network whilst the Big Science Competition is being performed to maximise your bandwidth.
Monitor resolution 1024 x 768 minimum
Supported web browsers Online Competition

In order of preference:

  1. Google Chrome 28+ (XP, Vista, Windows 7,8 and 10, OSX, Chrome OS)
  2. Firefox 20+  (XP, Vista, Windows 7,8 and 10, OSX)
  3. Internet Explorer 10+ (Windows 7,8 and 10)
  4. Internet Explorer 9 (Vista, Windows 7)
  5. Safari 6+ (OSX)
Online Teacher Dashboard In order of preference:

  1. Google Chrome 28+ (XP, Vista, Windows 7,8 and 10, OSX, Chrome OS)
  2. Firefox 20+  (XP, Vista, Windows 7,8 and 10, OSX)
  3. Internet Explorer 10+ (Windows 7,8 and 10)
  4. Internet Explorer 9 (Vista, Windows 7)
  5. Safari 6+ (OSX)
Operating System
  • Mac OS X
  • MS Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
  • Chrome OS 38+
Devices Supported  

Compatibility exists with most tablet devices, but some of them have not been verified as fully supported for the customised Big Science Competition test player.

An external keyboard or mouse is not necessary for students using a tablet.

The iPad mini is not supported.

Supported devices:

  • Laptop
  • Desktop PC
  • Chromebook
  • iPad
  • Android tablet
Diagnostics Test Page https://asi.janisoninsights.com/pages/diagnostics
Flash Version 9+
Browser requirements Javascript must be enabled in the browser. Cookies are required and need to be enabled.
Mouse required Yes (if not using touch screen)
Sound card required Yes
Headphones required Yes if you want to access the audio headphones are suggested (schools/students to provide)
Traffic During online tests, other traffic should be kept to a minimum at the school
Cache Pre-cache digital content ability is supported and preferred. Ensure that the browser cache are cleared manually in the browser settings.
Proxy  

Standard web proxy servers are supported. The following ports need to be open through the proxy:

  • Port 443
  • Port 80

The following web site addresses need to be accessible through the firewall:

  • *.core.windows.net (on azure as storage related endpoints – this is utilised for hosting static content such as images/html/js files)
  • *.vo.msecnd.net (on the CDN as storage related endpoints – this is utilised for hosting static content such as images/html/js files)
  • bam.nr-data.net (Used for New Relic monitoring)
  • js-agent.newrelic.com (Used for New Relic monitoring)
  • 52.255.46.64 (IP of hosted service)
Cookies Cookies are required and should be enabled by default. Please ensure that the cookies are enabled in the browser settings.
Firewall whitelists Please refer to the “Proxy” section in this technology profile which outlines the ports and addresses that the school network administrator will have to allow.
In-school support
  • Schools will have access to a readiness test from April 2018 to ensure all their workstations are fully functional, including authentication and audio.
  • Schools need to have appropriate personnel to manage hardware and password problems during the readiness testing phase.

 

STEP 2. Readiness test

The readiness test will be sent on 30 April 2018 to all registered schools to ensure all workstations are fully functional.

Details will be emailed to the person who made the registration OR the designated alternate contact.

For further information or help, please contact us on +61 2 6125 6228 or email asi@asi.edu.au

STEP 3. Browser caches are cleared and plugins or extensions are disabled

The 2018 Big Science Competition Online trouble-shooting guide will be emailed on 30 April 2018 with steps on how to clear the browser cache manually and refresh the browser before the competition starts. Please ensure all browser plugins and extensions are disabled apart from Adobe Flash Player (if required for your browser).