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Distance Learning programs require nothing more complicated than a computer with an internet connection, speakers loud enough for your class to hear, and a display large enough for your class to see.

Technical Requirements

For all Distance Learning programs you will need:

  • Desktop, laptop computer, or tablet
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.

For Virtual Programs we have a few additional requirements to use during the program:

  • Webcam
  • Microphone

Nervous about technology? You can book a technical check-in. This check-in should not take more than 10 minutes. The Technical Check-in is designed to introduce you to the web platform we will be using for the day of the program, Zoom, and gives us a chance to talk about the structure of the program.



Zoom requirements:

Install Zoom on your computer or tablet for FREE.


Tips for connecting to your Distance Learning Program

  • Make your browser window as big as you can or go full screen (usually found in the View menu of your browser menu bar).

  • Make sure that your computer is set to stay awake for at least 30 minutes. This includes confirming that the screen saver won’t come on during your 30 minute program and that the computer itself won’t go to sleep.


Connecting to the Academy through Zoom

Use the following steps to start any Distance Learning session or technical check-in. After you have a confirmed reservation for a Distance Learning session, you should receive a unique URL to use on the day of your scheduled session.

  1. Open a browser window.
    • Our meeting platform is compatible with most browsers.
  2. Copy and Paste the URL into the browser window.
    • You will be brought to a sign-in screen that will have the name of your program at the top of the page.
  3. Enter your Name
    • In the box for your name, enter your class’s name, for example: Ms. Urban’s 1st grade class.
  4. Click Join.
  5. The Zoom window will open.
    • When you connect, you will see a pop-up window with “Join Audio Conference”.
      • Choose Audio “by computer” or “by phone”. Most will connect using computer audio.
    • Your Academy educator will see that you have signed on. You may not see a live Academy educator right away. Please wait. The Academy staff members are not yet ready to begin. If you get this at your designated meeting time, we’ll connect shortly or call your classroom to let you know of any problems.

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