|Achiever McBeaver: Frequently Asked Questions|
1) Will the episodes also play on a computer?
Yes – they most definitely will. They also would play in a basic CD player.
2) May we reproduce the Achiever McBeaver posters and images schoolwide?
Yes! We actually would like you to do that so you can get the most out of the material.3) May we distribute the clip art images schoolwide? Is that for real? Nobody does that!
Yes! We would like you to use them as many ways as you can so your school can get the most out of the program.
4) May we distribute the College Crew video and audio theme songs schoolwide?
Yes, yes, yes! Again, we would like you to get the content across your entire campus so you can get the most out of the program.
5) May we reproduce the Achiever McBeaver images and materials for friends and colleagues at other campuses, schools, or programs?
No – that is not allowed. For that you would need to purchase a multi-site license. Being high quality material, we have very high production costs. Being on a teacher’s salary and footing the cost of production – our kids and wives at home would like us to get those costs covered!6) Is it OK to play the episodes out of sequence?
No, this is not a good idea. Like all good teaching, the stories interconnect backwards and forwards and each story builds on the next. If you jump in and out – the kids will get lost and very little will make sense to them.7) Do you offer any type of discount for multiple sets purchased?
Most definitely – just contact us with your needs and we can work something out.8) Why don’t you sell individual CD’s?
The way you wouldn’t purchase the individual chapters of a book is the same reason you wouldn’t want to purchase individual CD’s. Everything interlocks and interconnects. If we sold individual CD’s … your kids wouldn’t be able to follow the storyline or see the growth in the characters.9) Is everything really that simple to use? No set-up or prep work?
Yes! It really is that simple! That is the beauty of this system - high repetition of basic skills, good entertainment, and extreme ease of use. We set out to create a product that wouldn’t cost too much in terms of money and/or time and that would make a major impact on an entire campus.10) Are we allowed to take the clip art or images and make large banners, posters, and flags at our local Kinkos or Alphagraphics?
Yes! As long as the items aren't for re-sale, make us proud and do some really cool things with the art! In fact, e-mail us a photo of your handywork and we'll show it off on our site as a suggestion to other schools!11) Are we allowed to take the clip art or images and make t-shirts for our school?
Yes - sort of! As long as the shirt items aren't for re-sale - but you are welcome to freely make them as a giveaway to students or staff. If you would like to make your t-shirts for re-sale or fundraisers we can get you high quality t-shirts at a very, very, very low price - and quite honestly it's probably cheaper than any t-shirt supplier in your hometown anyway.12) What happens if we lose a CD from the 10 CD set?
Save the receipt! As long as you can verify the name of either the original purchaser or the date purchased, we'll gladly send you a replacement CD for the cost of shipping and a nominal fee to cover the printing of the CD.12b) Is playing the program on the PA the only workable way of doing the shows?
No - not at all! Many of the schools that have already used the program have played the radio shows as part of their weekly art, music, phys ed, computer lab, and library rotations.14) My clipart CD opens slowly and I have to spend a lot of time waiting for everything to open. Is there a way to fix that?
Our clip art files are large because we want you to have the best possible quality image so you can be flexible in your reproduction needs (for non-resale only). The best thing to do is to open the CD ONE time and simply drag and drop the entire file of images to your computer desktop. That way, when you need the clip art - it will there for much faster loading and access.15) When we do the radio contest, sometimes the younger kids have a hard time getting the question right faster than the older kids. How can we fix that?
Some schools read the contest question BEFORE the show is played and they do not allow answers to be submitted until the show is over. This helps younger kids know what to listen for.16) Our PA system is really old - will this radio format still work?
We have lots of schools using this program on older PA speaker systems. Of course the sound won't be as good as current modern day systems - these schools have reported no problems. These schools have told us that they just needed to practice with a dry run first to see how loud the boombox (music source) needed to be and how far away the mic needed to be. In fact, these schools report the same - if not better - types of student successes as schools with modern systems!17) What's the best way to reproduce the clip art/poster CD for the rest of the staff?
You might want to first check with your school district to see if there is a media center that can copy the CD's for you. Other solutions include placing the art files (BUT NOT THE AUDIO FILES) on a shared drive that all school employees can access. You may also burn the CD's on a school computer or at a retail store that specializes in CD reproduction. But, please remember that Achiever Radio audio files may NOT be copied and the clip art/poster files may only be shared on a single campus (not multiple campuses).18) Are all the shows the same or are they geared for different grade levels?
The 36 shows are the same shows for grades K-6 (although we have seen great success with the program for grades 7 and 8 as well). Our partner schools have had amazing results at both ends of the age spectrum - which is unique for a character program. Most programs only do well at one end of the age spectrum. As a teacher created product should be, the shows are written to a high level of learning which keeps the attention of the older kids - but the familiarity of the cartoon sounds (i.e. same audio file as Spongebob) helps the smaller kids tune in and stay entertained. The kindergarteners need a week or two to catch on to the speed and content ... but they get just as much content from the shows as the older kids. We have many small kids going home singing the theme song - and older kids getting mad when a show is missed during the week or if we play two shows in a row by accident.
19) Can the announcements be used independently of anything else like the lessons and activities - or would the kids be lost with what is going on in each show?Yes, the shows can be played without doing any of the other lessons and activities. Although many schools use the added materials, the majority of our partner schools only play the shows. When schools faithfully and consistently use all the added materials ... the results are greatly increased.