Technology Minimum Requirements
Web Browser: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Wifi Connectivity: 802.11 A, B,G or N wireless card.
Good Working battery with ability to last through the academic day.
Antivirus: Your machine must be running a current active virus protection application.
VGA dongle/adapter: You must be able to connect to the audio visual systems in the classrooms for presentations. These systems use a VGA connector, be sure to bring the proper dongle/adapter to connect your machine or device. If using an Apple laptop with El Capitan or above you will not need an adapter of this type as you can connect via the Apple TV's utilizing Airplay.
Productivity software: Faculty at Cushing use Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint as well as the iWork suite of applications on MacBook Pro laptops. We also use the Google apps suite and GDrive for online user storage and backup. You should be able to format your papers, spreadsheets and presentations so teachers are able to receive them in the format they desire when submitted. Cushing provides access to Google Apps via a single sign-on from the portal pages as well as free access to the Office 360 apps for students on MyCushing. Please see the Technology Department for help with this software. Students who participate in portfolio art, digital photography or digital video can see the Technology Department regarding use of Adobe creative suite products which we provide for students participating in these creative endeavors.
English Language Support: for assistance with network issues and software your machine or device must be in English.
Windows 7, Windows 10 or Mac OS X.x - for assistance with network issues and software support you must be using one of these operating systems. We highly recommend for Mac OS X machines have the operating system El Capitan or above to take advantage of the features of Airplay in our classrooms.
Support Package: If you decide to bring your own machine or device and not participate in the support program be prepared to support your machine or device. Bring your CDs, receipt from purchase, serial number and literature from your machine so you can contact the manufacturer in case of issue. This will be the responsibility of the student if you don't bring a machine purchased through the Cushing Laptop Program.
8GB USB Flash Drive: Drive to be used for collaborative projects in class and backup storage of homework files. Additionally, the school provides storage space for all users on a Google Drive for backup of school related work.