Scholars Academy Hardware and Software Requirements

Live, Online Classes Hardware and Software Requirements:  

  • Live, Online Classes:

    • Bandwidth: Internet connection must provide a consistent minimum download speed of 1-1.5 Mbps and 512kbps upload speed is
      recommended as measured by common Internet speed tests, e.g. www.speedtest.net and www.pingtest.net.

    • Connection: DSL/cable wired connection is recommended. Satellite connections are NOT recommended.

    • For best viewing, monitor should support 1024 X 768 or higher.

    • Run this test to determine if your system is compatible with the Adobe Connect classroom:
      https://vpsa.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

    • A minimum score of B as measured on www.pingtest.net is necessary for consistent connection.

    • Web Browser (in order of preference):

         o Mozilla Firefox

         o Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or greater

         o Safari

         o Google Chrome. The latest release of Chrome does not have full Flash support and may not operate properly in the Adobe Connect
            classroom.

    • Windows

         o 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7 or Windows 8; 2GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor
            (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®

         o Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista, Windows XP

         o 1GB RAM - Windows 7 or Windows 8;

    • Mac OS

         o 1.83GHz Intel CoreTM Duo or faster processor

         o 1GB of RAM

         o Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9

    • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or higher (11.2 or higher recommended) is required to view course content. This software can be
      downloaded for no cost at: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 

    • If possible, direct connection via a wire to a router will provide the most consistent  connection to the internet.

    • While not a requirement, it is strongly recommended that a quality USB headset/microphone is used for all classes. Speakerphones, cell
      phones, wireless microphones and low quality headsets cause voice fluctuations and noisy background audio.

 

Self-Paced Classes Hardware and Software Requirements: 

  • Bandwidth: Internet connection must provide a consistent minimum download speed of 2mb downloads, as the full quality video for
    Omnibus courses and 1mb minimum History courses as measured by common Internet speed tests, e.g. www.speedtest.net and
    www.pingtest.net.

    • Connection: DSL/cable wired connection is recommended. Satellite connections are NOT recommended.

    • For best viewing, monitor should support 1024 X 768 or better. 

    • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 or higher (11.2 or higher recommended) is required to view History course content. This software can be
      downloaded at no cost at: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

    • Web Browser (recommended order):

         o Mozilla Firefox - version 23 or higher

         o Microsoft Internet Explorer - version10 or higher

         o Safari – version 5.1 or higher

         o Google Chrome – version 24 or higher

    • Windows

         o 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows

         o Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit),

         o 1 GB of RAM Windows 7 or Windows 8;

    • Mac OS

         o 1.83GHz Intel CoreTM Duo or faster processor

         o 1GB RAM

         o Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9