System requirements

This topic provides the minimum system requirements for using MySciLEARN.

In this topic:

Basic client requirements

All MySciLEARN clients must meet the minimum specifications for the operating system and must have enough available resources to successfully run the browser. Browsers are only supported on compatible operating systems.

Android devices are not supported at this time.

Computer/Chromebook client requirements

Computer &
Chromebook

Fast ForWord Foundations I & II
Reading Assistant Plus

All other Fast ForWord programs

OS

Windows 7 / Windows 10

Mac OS X 10.11 or later

Chrome OS™ (no touchscreen)

Windows XP/ Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

Chrome OS™ (no touchscreen)

Browser

Chrome latest version

Firefox latest version

Microsoft Edge latest version (Windows only)

Safari latest version (Mac only)

Chrome 48+

Firefox 10+

Internet Explorer 9+ 32-bit (Windows only)

Safari 4+ (Mac only)

Network

10Mb Ethernet or 802.11g/n wireless connection with Internet access

10Mb Ethernet or 802.11g/n wireless connection with Internet access

Display

1024 x 768 resolution or higher

1024 x 768 resolution or higher

Sound card

Creative Labs SoundBlaster® or 100% compatible with DirectSound support

Creative Labs SoundBlaster® or 100% compatible with DirectSound support

Headphones

Approved microphone headset & USB adapter (RA Plus)
High-quality stereo headphones and a Y adapter (FFW)

High-quality stereo headphones and a Y adapter (FFW)

Other software

 

Adobe Flash Player 10.3+

iPad client requirements

iPad

Fast ForWord Foundation I & II
Reading Assistant Plus

Fast ForWord mobile apps

Models

iPad 5 or later

iPad Air, iPad Air 2

iPad 2 or later

iPad Air, iPad Air 2

OS

iOS 11.3 or later

iOS 6 or later

Browser

Safari

N/AMobile apps don't use a web browser

Headsets

Approved microphone headset (RA Plus)
High-quality stereo headphones (FFW)

High-quality stereo headphones

Storage

None

(approx.; see App Store℠ for exact sizes)

226MB Language mobile app

312MB Literacy mobile app

217MB Reading mobile app

42MB RPI mobile app

Network

Internet access over Wi-Fi or fast cellular data networks (up to LTE). Speeds will vary based on site conditions—see Internet bandwidth requirements to learn more.

Internet bandwidth requirements

School bandwidth requirements

School access

Bandwidth
(per concurrent student session)

Total data used
(per student session)

Fast ForWord Foundations I & II

3 Mbps, max 250 ms latency

70MB to 161MB total data/session

All other Fast ForWord programs

128 Kbps, max 250 ms latency

500KB to 1MB total data/session (iPad)

1MB to 6MB total data/session (all other devices)

Reading Assistant Plus

3 Mbps, max 250 ms latency

500KB to 1MB total data/session

Home bandwidth requirements

Home access

DSL or faster broadband Internet connection
with the following download/upload speed

Fast ForWord Foundations I & II

3 Mbps/1.5 Mbps

All other Fast ForWord programs

1.5 Mbps/0.5 Mbps

Reading Assistant Plus

3 Mbps/1.5 Mbps

The Scientific Learning programs vary in the amount of data transmitted and received based on multiple factors, such as the current exercise or reading selection, the protocol or schedule, and the current status in the program. Also, bandwidth requirements vary during an individual session, with larger data transfers occurring during the first few minutes of a session, and in the case of Reading Assistant Plus, after a recording session.

Tip: At schools and districts, a good way to improve network bandwidth usage is to use content acceleration. Content acceleration helps reduce WAN traffic and increase performance by providing content at a local level. On average, a content acceleration server at the district or school level will allow 3 to 7 times more concurrent users where available bandwidth is a limiting factor. For more information see Content acceleration.

Fast ForWord headphones requirements

Customers can receive a discount on Andrea headsets and adapters when purchased directly from Andrea Communications.

  • Stereo output. Use stereo headphones only. Do not be misled by monaural headphones with two earpieces; the sound may come out of only one side.
  • Ear cups that completely cover the ear. Circumaural headphones (over the ear) are preferred to supra-aural headphones (on the ear) or intra-aural (ear buds) because they provide greater reduction of background noise as well as superior comfort.
  • Built-in volume control. Direct access to volume settings keeps the focus on the program exercises rather than device management.
  • Padded headband. Prevent the distraction of an uncomfortable headset by choosing one with a padded headband.
  • Wired connectivity. Do not use wireless headphones, as the connection can be unreliable. Choose headphones with a cable that connects directly to the computer.
  • Avoid noise canceling technology. Headphones with active noise canceling technology can distort speech stimuli, even when the noise canceling feature is turned off.

Tip: If you plan to use Reading Assistant Plus with the Fast ForWord programs, see our list of headsets that will work with both. To listen in with your students, choose headsets without an integrated USB connector.

Listening in with Fast ForWord students

Andrea Communications provides some simple solutions for letting coaches listen in with students as they use the program.

  • One high quality stereo Y-adapter for each computer
  • One extra set of headphones for each room

Using Y-adapters with Reading Assistant Plus headsets

  • Because Y-adapters are manufactured with a standard 3.5mm cable connection, headsets with an integrated USB connector cannot connect to them and are therefore not recommended if you plan to listen in with your students.
  • Headsets that use an external USB adapter will work fine—just connect the Y-adapter to the USB adapter’s headphone jack.

Reading Assistant Plus headset requirements

Scientific Learning customers may be able to receive a discount on Andrea headsets and adapters, if purchased directly from Andrea Communications.

Reading Assistant Plus approved headsets (computer/Chromebook)

Computer/Chromebook

USB adapter required

Durable

Easy to clean

Works with FFW

Price range

Andrea EDU-455 USB

 

*

$26-$28

Logitech H390 (ClearChat Comfort USB)

 

 

 

 

$25-$35

Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000

 

 

 

*

$20-$35

Andrea EDU-455

 

$15-$17

Califone 3066AV (not USB)

$25-$35

Cyber Acoustic AC-960

 

$20-$30

(* Headset has an integrated USB connector, which is not compatible with Y-adapters for listening in on Fast ForWord)

Use these approved USB adapters with approved computer or Chromebook headsets:

  • Andrea EDU-USB – $11
  • Parts Express USB Sound Adapter – $15-$20
  • StarTech ICUSBAUDIO or ICUSBAUDIOB – $10-$20
  • SYBA SD-CM-UAUD or SD-AUD-20066 – $5-$10
Reading Assistant Plus approved headsets (iPad)

iPad (requires single headset plug)

Plug type

Dual-to-single
plug adapter required

Durable

Easy to clean

Works with FFW

Price range

Andrea EDU-455M

Single

 

$15-$17

Califone 3066AVT

Single

 

$25-$35

Cyber Acoustics AC-204

Single

Includes a dual plug adapter

 

 

 

$10-$20

Andrea EDU-455

Dual

$15-$17

Califone 3066AV

Dual

$25-$35

Cyber Acoustics AC-201

Dual

 

 

 

$10-$20

Cyber Acoustics AC-960

Dual

 

$20-$30

  • To use an approved dual plug headset on iPad, combine with any dual-to-single plug adapter. You can purchase the C-100 adapter from Andrea Communications, or search online for one. “3.5mm 4-pin to 2x3-pin headset splitter adapter”
  • To use a single plug headset on a computer/Chromebook, combine with a single-to-dual plug adapter and a USB audio adapter. You can purchase the C-200 adapter from Andrea Communications, or search online for one.

Content acceleration server requirements

Content acceleration servers provide local access to the program content.

Content server
computer

New content servers
All Fast ForWord & Reading Assistant Plus

Legacy content servers

Fast ForWord legacy only

OS

Windows 10

Windows Server 2008 / 2012 / 2016

Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8.1 / 10

Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012

Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.12

Memory

2GB

4GB (Windows Server)

2GB

4GB (Windows Server 2008 / 2012)

Processor

2GHz Dual Core Pentium or equivalent

2GHz Dual Core Pentium or equivalent (Windows)

1.5GHz Intel Core Duo or equivalent (OS X)

Network

100Mb Ethernet

100Mb Ethernet

Hard disk

10GB free disk space

10GB free disk space

Other software

Apache HTTP Server (httpd) 2.4

SSL certificate

Apache HTTP Server (httpd) 2.2 or 2.4
- Windows: 2.2 included in SLC installer

- Mac: 2.2 included with OS X

Session Monitor app requirements

Session Monitor app lets instructors use a mobile device to monitor student usage.

 

iOS

Android

Tablet

iPad 2 or later

iPad Air or later

Samsung Galaxy Tab*

Nexus 7 (Google)*

Phone

iPhone 4 or later

Samsung Galaxy S4*

OS

iOS 7 or later

Android 4.0 or later

Network

Internet access over Wi-Fi or
fast cellular data networks (up to LTE).

Internet access over Wi-Fi or
fast cellular data networks (up to LTE).

Storage

6MB (approximate, see App Store℠ for exact
requirements)

23MB (approximate, see Google Play™ for exact
requirements)

*The Session Monitor app is expected to work on other similar Android platform devices that meet these system requirements.

Troubleshooting browser display issues

Try following these tips to troubleshoot any browser display issues. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you need further assistance, contact Scientific Learning Customer Support.