Category Archives: The Kiosk

About the ESL Listening Kiosk

Kiosk Documentation Addition: “Loading Class Audio Files From Kiosk Repositories”

There are two audio file “repositories” accessible from within the Kiosk itself. One holds over twenty “ready-made” audio files that a teacher can freely use. The other holds all files that teachers using the Kiosk have loaded using the USB flash drive. These stay in the repository, even after the teacher has removed them from the class’s set of active files.

Documentation on how to use the repositories can be accessed from the Kiosk Documentation web page. Both web and PDF versions of the document are available.

For your convenience, here is a direct link:

By the way, this new document page should display well on both desktops and mobile devices such as SmartPhone. Please let me know how that works for you!

As always, be sure to report any problems with the documentation, including any needed corrections!


Version 3.13 Released

December 15, 2014: Kiosk Version 3.12 released

  • Provides for display/management of up to 99 classes. (Previously no more than 9 classes could be handled)
  • Added error handling when updating Kiosk application from within the application. Now if an error occurs, it is clearly reported. This includes instances where there is a corrupt file that is determined by the checksum. Note that this new error handling will NOT be in place as this version is installed, because the update process will use the installer from the previous version.
  • Bug fix: Fixed a second instance of a message that showed variable names instead of values.

Version 3.11 released

November 8, 2014: Kiosk Version 3.11 released

  • Added repository directory to hold all files loaded via USB drive for local classes.
  • Added silent copy process to gather those audio files for local classes repository
  • Added capability through advanced menu to copy files from local classes repository to a class’s current master file area.
  • Added utility to facilitate bulk update multiple student mp3 player devices of the “class”.
  • Enabled functionality for quick combined creation of new classes and the “export” of those classes to USB drives. This is to aid program administrators who need to set up classes for teachers.
  • Added Macintosh-specific code to enable Linux-like messaging when scrolling large files. This has been implemented for the review of the GNU General Public License text both at installation/update and from the Advanced Administration menu. Mac users will now have the same “hints” available as other users.