IT Readiness Checklist

Several weeks before you go live with Amira, we recommend that you complete Part 1 of this checklist, and schedule a Go Live Check with the Amira Customer Success team (support@amiralearning.com). During the Go Live Check, we will help you complete Part 2 of this checklist.

Part 1: Ensure you meet the minimum requirements

Check that your district’s equipment meets the workstation requirements outlined here: IT & System Requirements Information and Hardware Requirements.  


Bandwidth

  • During peak device use on campus, test network speed. Check that your network speed is at least 10 MBPS or higher inbound and outbound. 
  • For at home use, most standard internet plans provide adequate bandwidth for Amira. However, internet speed may be variable depending on at home use with other devices.
  • If your teachers are deploying Amira for remote learning, see our support doc on Distance Learning Best Practices. It addresses ways to minimize the impact of video conferencing on network bandwidth and Amira's performance.


Device Requirements & Browsers:


Whitelist Domains

  • Whitelist the following domains for on-campus use:


https://www.google.com:443/speech-api/*

https://sentry.io:443

https://www.amiratutor.com:443

https://api.getmagicbox.com

https://googleapis.com

https://www.google-analytics.com

https://*.cloudfront.net:443

https://*.amazonaws.com:443

https://*.amira.services

wss://*.amira.services:443


Headsets and Adapters:

  • For iPads, we recommend a headset with a 3.5 mm connection since USB connections are not compatible with iOS. If the 3.5mm headset needs an adapter, we strongly recommend an Apple brand lightning adapter or USB-C adapter.


Now you are ready for your Go Live Check appointment with Amira Support (Schedule via email with support@amiralearning.com).

Part 2: Conduct a Go Live Check

We will verify the steps from Part 1 of the IT Checklist by logging in with test accounts for both student and staff on the devices that will be used during your Amira Implementation. It would be important to have an IT lead and Training lead on this virtual meeting.

Step 1: Test Practice

USER: SETUPstudent1
PW: setup123
  • Click the green “Let’s Do It” button
  • Select “Read a Story” 
  • Start reading the story with regular prosody.  
  • If you get an error message, see this article for how to Respond to Error Messages.
  • Wait for Amira to say “Good Job” then refresh the browser to log out. 

If the username SETUPstudent1 does not work, try SETUPstudent2, SETUPstudent3, etc. from our Test Accounts article.

Step 2:  Test Practice on All Devices & with Multiple Grade Levels

  • Complete Step 1 on each device / headset / browser combination. 
  • To experience different grade level stories, select a different username from the list of accounts in the Test Accounts article.
  • Review the Student Practice Experience and note your questions.

Step 3: Test Practice Reporting

USER: setupteacher@amira.com
PW: setup123
  • Navigate to the Review Activity page. Toggle to “Practice” and click on the Student 1 tile.
  • Review the Scoring Screen, note that audio has been disabled. 
  • Note any questions for the Amira Support team to review during your Go Live Check.

Step 4:  Test Assessment 

USER: SETUPstudent1
PW: setup123
  • Click the green “Let’s Do It” button
  • Select “Take a Test” and take the assessment.
  • If you get an error message, see this article for how to Respond to Error Messages.
  • Wait for Amira to say “Good Job” and log you out. 
  • To experience different grade level stories, select a different username from the list of accounts in the Test Accounts article.
  • Review the Student Assessment Experience and note your questions. 

If the username SETUPstudent1 does not work, try SETUPstudent2, SETUPstudent3, etc.


Step 5: Test Assessment Reporting

USER: setupteacher@amira.com
PW: setup123
  • Go to the Tracking Report and verify that the assessment status is “Complete”
  • Navigate to the Review Activity page and click on the Student 1 tile.
  • Review Scoring Screen.  Note that audio has been disabled. Configure here.
  • Note any questions for the Amira Support team to review during your Go Live Check.

Step 6: Repeat steps 1-5 with actual students

  • Start with this Intro Slide deck, modeling for students what to expect and how to work with Amira.
  • Note any questions for the Amira Support team to review during your Go Live Check.
  • You can also do this step during the Go Live Check. 

Next Steps

After completing the Go Live Check you're ready to Communicate, Implement, and Support Amira. Looks for tips and resources in our District Rollout Plans for Practice or Assessment.

You can also access complimentary webinars for training around:

  • Leader Toolkit - Attendees of this webinar will receive all the resources they need to create their Amira Success Plan for the year. This webinar is facilitated as a 45 minute work session in that attendees will be making a copy of the slide deck (bit.ly/leadertoolkit20-21) for their own use, brainstorming goals, identifying support plan needs, and scheduling follow up tasks for setup and training.
  • Teacher Toolkit - Attendees of this webinar will receive all the resources they need to launch Amira with students including resources to introduce Amira, troubleshooting tips for devices, best practices around video conferencing with Amira, and a preview of where to access reports.
  • Data Dive for Practice - Attendees of this webinar will be able to access student session information after a student has worked with Amira Practice, review student usage, and analyze progress.
  • Data Dive for Assessment - Attendees of this webinar will be able to access student session information after a student has worked with Amira Assessment, review assessment status to determine re-assess needs, and analyze performance.

Previous webinars and recorded trainings are available at https://www.amiralearning.com/learn


Need additional help? 
For questions about Amira, chat with us below.

For technical support, call HMH Tech Support at (800) 323-9239, Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET or email at
techsupport@hmhco.com. Be prepared with your device type, browser version, and the steps you’ve taken to solve your problem.

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