For all online GATE programs, students need access to the following:

  • Computer or laptop that is less than five years old with recommended bandwidth of 300 kbps.
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Document scanner
  • Email that is not school related
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM or more is recommended for optimal performance
  • Turn off automatic updates during the program
  • Optional equipment: Computer Headset example (or similar model)
  • Chromebooks: Some districts may have some restrictions on external courses. You must check with your district to inquire about access to GATE classes.

**Please note: Students are not permitted to use mobile phones for Zoom connection. Students need to be stationary at a location with their computer, webcam, and microphone ready for class.

Technology Requirements
Operating System Web Browser Screen Resolution
Windows 10 Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer 11 Minimum: 1024 X 768
Windows 8

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

Javascript must be enabled

Minimum: 1024 X 768
Windows 7

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

Javascript must be enabled 

Minimum: 1024 X 768
Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher


Javascript must be enabled

iPad 4 or higher iOS 9 and up  

WiFi Hotspot Locations

If you do not have access to technology or Wi-Fi, please contact gifted@msu.edu at least 3 weeks prior to the program.

Online learners should have at least a 1.5 Mbps Internet speed as a minimum requirement (both upload and download speed). To determine your Internet speed you can use a variety of Internet speed tests such as http://www.speedtest.net; click on the Begin Test Button. The speed test will check your upload and download speed.

  Good Better Best
Internet Speed 2 Mbps 4 Mbps Greater than 10 Mbps

Since online learning requires the need for fast uploading your upload speeds should be similar. It is strongly recommended that your Internet connection speed a least meet the “Good” category configuration. If your Internet speed is less than 2 Mbps, you will be susceptible to performance issues such slow Internet page display, slow Internet portal performance, slow playback of course videos, the inability to play videos, slow online quiz performance when saving answers or submitting, online quiz lockups, etc. If you are attempting to do any of the activities mentioned, you do so at your own risk. You should expect that problems will occur, and you should be prepared to make alternative plans for completing you online coursework. Please also note that wireless Internet is subject to signal strength and reception issues (similar to a car radio).

Posted from Temple JC