Technology Requirements for Online Learning

Distance learning can be a fun experience. This guide will help you decide what you will need to make it a success.

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Required Hardware

  • The tablets and laptops information on the school website has many useful suggestions.

  • A functioning computer running recent versions of Windows 10 or Mac OS.

  • Speakers/headphones/earbuds for listening to audio or videos presented in courses.

Optional Hardware

  • A USB plug-and-play webcam for interacting in course activities that require video feedback from students. Webcams that are integral to laptops will also work.

These websites can also test your webcam:

Required Software

    1. Office 365 is free. Once you are set up with a email account, you will then be given a Microsoft Office 365 account. The page you go to login to use Office 365 is here.

    2. LibraOffice is a free Office suite completely compatible with Microsoft Office.

  • An audio and video media player like VLC.

Internet Connection

  • High speed internet access is desired. Using an Ethernet cable can provide more stable and higher speeds than Wi-Fi.

School Email Account

  • All students must use their GBCS email in Google Classroom and Renweb.

Minimum Technical Skills

  • Google Classroom

  • Google Gmail

  • Google G Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides)

  • Google Meet or Zoom

  • Renweb