As a student at SCS, the following is a list of technology tools and resources that are recommended for your academic success.


  1. Mac or PC: Regardless of your preference for Microsoft or Apple, there are a few things to consider when purchasing a computer for academic use.
    1. Portability: The ability to take your computer on the go, bring it to class or at a local library are huge benefits for any students.
    2. Keyboard: There are a lot of great deals on tablets and iPads. If you chose to go this route, you will still need a keyboard for typing papers.
    3. Web Camera: Online communication with professors is a part of our online courses, but also available for our on ground students.
    4. Microphone / Headset: Although most new computers have a built in microphone, a headset is better for video chat or on online discussion. The use of a headset prevents unwanted audio-feedback that can occur when using the computer’s built-in speakers.
    5. Recommended specifications:

Processor: Intel i-Series (i3, i5, i7) or equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 250 GB or higher
Video: 512 MB or higher
Wireless Card:
· IEEE 802.11ac WLAN NIC
· 2.4 GHz/5GHz Dual Band
· 3×3 1300 Mbps. (20/40/80MHz)
· WPA2-PSK/WPA2-Enterpirse
Recommended Operating System
Windows 7/8 or newer
Mac OS X 10.9 or newer


Apple’s suite of tools, MS Office 365, and Google Docs are all available at no cost and below are the specifics of specific programs students will need within each suite.

  1. Word Processor: MS Word, Google Docs, or Apple Pages.
  2. Presentation Software: Apple Keynote, MS PowerPoint, Google Slides or Prezi.
  3. Bibliographic Software: or EndNote are two examples.
  4. Note Taking:  Evernote, Apple Notes, or Microsoft’s OneNote


  1. Printer: Access to printing is important for all students so they can print papers to both proofread and keep a physical archive. A printer is also helpful for reading ebooks or other source materials when away from the computer.


  1. Blackboard: Blackboard is the online learning platform SCS uses for all of our students, both online and on ground.  Blackboard serves a variety of purposes, allowing professors to make announcements, post assignments, and interact with students. Students will use Blackboard to submit coursework, complete online tests, and interact with classmates.
  2. Video Recording: Some of our courses integrate the opportunity for students to do video assignments. Students are encouraged to use YouTube or Vimeo to upload their assignments.