What About Technical Issues?
Technology getting you down? Read our tips if you'd like help optimally viewing our site and others and exploring links to some useful downloads, tools, and resources.
There are a number of things that you can do to optimize the look of nces.ed.gov/nceskids on your computer. We recommend browsing with either:
These browsers can all be downloaded for free. We've designed our pages to take advantage of the latest browser features, including Java Script, but we also make sure that our pages can be viewed by older browsers.
If you're not using Firefox or Internet Explorer, you will also get a good view by using any browser that supports tables, forms, and images.
We try to develop our site for varying graphics resolutions. While we currently develop most of our pages for 800 x 600 resolution, we try to ensure that if you are using other resolutions you can easily view our site as well. Of course our pages can be viewed in 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024 for those of you who use those resolutions.
When your browser opens does it default to a generic corporate site? Why not start with us instead? Get a little smarter, create a graph, dare to compare, learn a word a day. Check us out.
This general (browser versions differ slightly) three step process takes less than one minute!
Wasn't that simple?
It's done. The next time that you open your browser, you'll begin with us, and we like that.
NCES uses Adobe Flash in some of our applications. Adobe Flash Player displays web application front-ends, high-impact website user interfaces, interactive online advertising, and short-form to long-form animation. Designers and developers use Adobe Flash MX to develop distinctive and compelling content, revolutionary user interfaces, and rich applications for the web. It is pre-installed in most web browsers and on most computers. It is included in Windows 98 (including all new Windows 98 and Windows XP computers), Netscape Navigator, Apple Macintosh operating systems, America Online, and WebTV, among others.
How to obtain Adobe Flash Player
Click here to obtain a free Adobe Flash Player.
About Video and Audio Standards
How to obtain a Video/Audio Player
Click here to acquire Windows Media Player.
The links below provide some useful downloads to help you out in viewing our site as well as others.
Mozilla's Firefox 1.5
Microsoft Word Viewer
Microsoft Excel Viewer
Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer
Download Time Calculator
This page contains links to interactive web pages that perform statistical calculations. Together they comprise a powerful, conveniently accessible, and free multi-platform statistical software package.