Online Participant Technology Requirements

You will need the following:

  • Headset with microphone, or at a minimum earbuds with your laptop’s built-in mic. This helps keep down feedback and background noise from interrupting the institute.
  • Laptop or desktop computer - We STRONGLY suggest that you work with a desktop or laptop because tablets and phones often don’t have all the features needed for the class.
  • Webcam - facilitates interaction during synchronous sessions.
  • Browser - it is best to use the newest version available of your preferred browser.
  • Wired connection (recommended) or robust wireless - particularly needed during synchronous sessions.

Distance Learning Platforms

  • Each class will use some form of video conferencing. Most will use Zoom. You can do a Zoom test room practice before your institute starts.
  • Most will also use Canvas or another LMS for content and activities.
All registrants will receive information before the institute begins.

Note! Specific Requirements for Technology-related Institutes:

Using the Web
, Teaching Languages Online, and Using Technology

You must feel very comfortable :

  • web-browsing and searching,
  • using online audio and video applications,
  • uploading and downloading files to online sites,
  • jumping in and exploring new programs and web utilities with minimal guidance.

Online participation is not appropriate for the tech beginner for these technology-related institutes!

  • Laptop or desktop computer - not all of the software/websites that we are using are fully capable with mobile devices, but you may want to test out tablets or phones on some activities for the technology-related institutes.
  • Webcam - needed to create video!

An optional thought for Using Technology:
Some participants have found it helpful to have two computers - one to view the livecast, and a second to work on for the hands-on activities.


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