up ‘standalone’ Rosetta Stone to save student data across a network
software Rosetta Stone
can be run in several configurations. One way is completely
software is installed onto a single computer workstation, student
stored on that workstation, and the program’s lessons are run from a CD
A second way is networked; a special
network version of the
software is required; all the lesson files and student records are
stored on a
network server, and a minimal amount of program files are installed on
The third way is a sort of hybrid.
Program files are
installed on each workstation, lessons are run from CD on each
Student records and lesson plans, however, are stored on a network
has both advantages and disadvantages. By running the lessons from CD,
bandwidth is minimized and performance is maximized. Because lesson
student records are centralized on a server, students can continue
from any workstation anywhere in the school, sometimes working in their
classroom, other times in a library or computer lab, for instance. And
demands on the server are minimal, the Rosetta Stone server can be
low-powered and can even be running something like Windows 98 rather
specialized (and expensive) server operating system.
However, like the stand-alone setup,
this requires managing
a set of CD discs, as students cannot run the software in this
without a copy of the CD.
Requirements: A computer needs
to be set up as a
server. As explained above, this doesn’t need to be a high-powered
hardware running specialized server software; Windows 98 (and later)
options for peer-to-peer file serving. Note that this system (though
workstations) needs a dedicated IP address. Often, systems are set up
is referred to as DHCP, which automatically gets a network (IP) address
central server- because this address can change each time the system
DHCP will cause problems on a Rosetta Stone server.
As well, you’ll need copies of the
stand-alone versions of
the Rosetta Stone Student Management System CD (for installation on the
‘server’) and Application CD (for installation on each potential
along with an appropriate number of copies of the lesson CD discs.
On the server: insert the
Student Management System
disc. It does not start up automatically; run Setup.exe from that disc.
few screens, it will offer a choice of installations:
Choose the Server option. (You can
install the Administrator
option on another workstation to manage students and lesson plans from
computer on the teacher’s desk, if you wish). After the installation
it will start up the database and show you:
Make note of these settings—you’ll
need them on each
On the workstations: Insert the
disc and run Setup.exe. Afterwards, look in your Start Menu, into The
Stone program group for the Rosetta Stone Classroom Edition
icon. You want to set it up to match the settings on the server:
Now it’s ready to look on the server
for student records and
lesson plans… of course, you still need to set these up!