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What are the technological requirements for attending Odyssey online classes?

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In order to attend the online courses and lectures on the Odyssey site, a student must have basic computer specs, a headset with a microphone and, in some cases, a telephone depending on how the student wants to connect. There is a number of computer requirements like an updated browser, which can be Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, with Java enabled.

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A potential student's computer needs to be running Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista or XP as an operating system. It also needs to have a dual-core processor with a 2.4 GHZ CPU to make sure that the computer runs fast enough to load the courses. Students also need a high-speed internet connection and enough bandwidth to see the camera feed of the instructor. A Mac computer needs many of the same specifications, but the browser options are somewhat different. Safari takes the place of Internet Explorer and Mac OS X 10.7 or higher takes the place of the Windows software that is required on a personal computer. A personal computer needs 2 GBs of RAM to be able to load the courses, but a Mac only needs 1 GB. The bandwidth of 700 kbps is the same for both types of systems, as are the processor requirements.

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