Technical First Aid
Fixing Technical Problems
Like any computer program, Easyread can have glitches. We are currently working on a rebuild of the system, which will make technical problems much less likely.
But in the meantime, rest assured that we can nearly always get problems sorted with one or two simple steps. Contact us if you need more help, but the quickest is often to use the instructions below to fix them for yourself.
Lesson glitching? Run through these steps:
1) Check your browser: Chrome is best
We optimise our system to work best on Google’s Chrome browser. If you do not know what I mean by that, you are almost certainly using Internet Explorer, the browser supplied with Windows (the blue ‘e’). Anyhow, if you are using another browser, such as Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox, the first step is to download Chrome from here.
It will download to the bottom left corner of your Internet browser window. Click it and it should automatically install. You can then open Chrome and log back into the system. It should then work fine.
If you still have problems on Chrome, and have tried all the other fixes too, then you can try Firefox.
2) Check your device: Computer, not iPad
You need to be on a computer or a laptop. The current system is not designed for use on a phone or tablet.
3) Hard refresh
If you are already using Chrome on a computer, then it is possible that it has stored a corrupted version of a particular page or activity.
The first step is to do a “Hard Refresh”:
- If on a PC, press CTRL + F5.
- If on a Mac, press cmd + SHIFT + R.
4) Clear your cache
If Step 3 does not work, then try clearing your “temporary internet files” or “cache”.
How to clear your cache:
- Go to the menu in the top right of your Chrome browser (three little dots, or a little up arrow)
- Select More Tools, followed by Clear Browsing Data…
- Untick everything except “Cached Files”
- Use the “Time Range” dropdown menu to select “All Time”
- Click “Clear data”
Then go back to the lesson, and perform a Hard Refresh again to see if that has sorted the problem.
5) Test WebGL
If none of the above works, you can test whether WebGL is working on your computer here:
And there are some notes on getting WebGL working in Chrome here:
Another problem? Have a look below to find the solution:
“Flash” Error in Chrome
There has been an update to Chrome which is causing a couple of our games not to work on some computers. We are rebuilding our Flash games to replace them in the next few months.
Here is a simple way to clear the problem, if you get a Flash Not Installed error:
- Open the three-dot menu in the top right of your Chrome browser and select Settings.
- Under Privacy and Security, click Site Settings.
- Under Permissions, click Flash.
- Go back to the site and reload the page.
That should fix it for you. Sorry for the hassle!
Can’t see all of the story
Check that your browser is set to a zoom level of 100% (i.e. no adjustment). The quickest way to reset that is to click on the page and press CTRL and the 0 key at the same time (or cmd + 0 on a Mac).
If the text size is very large, some words may break onto two lines. Go to the Settings at the top to reduce the text size. You can put it back up again afterwards if you like.
Video doesn’t work
School networks often block Youtube, who host our videos. You can either get that lifted by your IT team or watch the video from home.
Sound coding in a word seems wrong
The coding above the words is originally based on Oxford English. In the story you have the option to adjust it regionally (click Settings at the top to check you have the right dialect selected), but it is important to understand that we can only get it closer.
Everyone has their own way of talking and our aim is to help the children to roughly the right pronunciation of each word. There will always be some you disagree with, although we constantly review it so please do send over any that you think are wrong! The key thing is that the huge inconsistencies in English like the words “gas”, “has” and “was” become easily decoded.
You have the option to change the coding of a word in the library by right clicking on it.
Forgotten Learner PIN
If you have forgotten a child’s PIN, go to your Admin Zone, click on the child’s name and you will find you can edit all details including their lesson access password.
Can’t access lessons
These are the possible reasons for being unable to access your lessons:
1) Overdue phone consultation
Your account might be blocked if a consultation call or guided lesson is overdue. Check your messages to see if this is the case and book in a phone call. It may seem odd for us to block lessons, but our job is to make sure you get the right outcome from the lessons. So, we always need to check the lessons are being used in the right way to see the best and fastest result.
Contact us and we will be happy to reactivate your lessons in the lead-up to your appointment once you have booked in.
2) Payments failing
Another potential reason is that your payments have been failing. Again, check your messages and emails to see if this is the case, and contact us for help.
3) Human error…!
We are a team of real humans supporting you through the Easyread course, so we sometimes forget to remove a lesson limit which was previously in place! If you had an overdue call before, or had previously cancelled lessons and then restarted, we might have forgotten to reactivate your lessons, so you’ll just need to send us a message (or try calling).
4) Failed upgrade
If you’re unable to access your lessons having just set up payments, it is the account upgrade which has not been successfully completed. We can fix that very easily; just give us a call or send us a message.
If none of the above is a plausible reason, then you must be experiencing a glitch.
First, make sure you are accessing the lessons from the correct page. To be sure of that, click the logo in the top left, followed by “Login”, in the top right. I would recommend bookmarking that page and then always accessing the lessons through your Chrome bookmarks.
If you still have a problem, go through the quick glitch fixes outlined at the top of this page.
“Come back in an hour” message
At the end of a lesson your child’s account is blocked for 1 hour. This is to force a break. Easyread lessons are very short on purpose and the break (ideally overnight) between them is very important.
Try not to log into the learner account until you are definitely ready to do your 15-minute lesson!
If you’re locked out right now, try calling us and if one of our team is available, we can get that sorted for you right away.
School login error
A recent update to Chrome seems to have thrown up an issue on some school networks, leading to an error message when trying to log into learner accounts.
If you right click on the login button to open in a new tab (in Chrome), then it normally works.
Persistent glitch despite other steps attempted
If you have tried the steps at the top of this page to no avail, and are still seeing a glitch, it would be good to see if there is an error code which will help us understand what could be going on.
You will need to do the following:
- Click on the Chrome menu in the top right (normally 3 vertical dots, sometimes displays as an arrow)
- Click on More Tools, then Developer Tools
- Take a screenshot of the code which appears, and especially any areas that appear in red and say Error
- Send that over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a video tutorial: https://youtu.be/hKBiYabsJLA
Still having trouble?
Send us a message so that we can help. If the fixes above aren’t working, we can arrange a technical support call.