GSSM provides residential students with a broad suite of technologies that support exploration, research, and communication with students, scientists, and experts around the globe.
High Speed Wifi and Internet
GSSM provides high-density 802.11ac/n networking covering the entire campus to support computers, tablets, and other student-owned devices. In addition, each student room has multiple gigabit Ethernet ports for desktops and other high-bandwidth devices. This provides high speed access to on campus resources as well as a redundant Internet connection.
Some specialized classes (engineering, languages) are taught by professors from their campuses. Students attend class through high-def (max 1080p30) video conferencing sessions using GSSM’s studios, or their own PCs, depending on what is best for the student. These classes may be recorded by the teacher, and available from a library of recorded lessons that students may refer to whenever they need a refresher.
Global Application Infrastructure Network
Students enrolled in engineering and robotics classes use GSSM’s Global Application Infrastructure Network (GAIN) to access modeling and design tools like MATLAB and Solidworks while at school or at home. GAIN allows students to collaborate and complete assignments from nearly any Internet-connected computer or tablet in the world. Files are stored in the cloud and student work is safe from loss even due to power outages or computer failures.
Accelerate instructors create online courses on Canvas, GSSM’s web-based course management system. Through Canvas, teachers communicate with students via email, post and grade assignments, make announcements, distribute handouts, and hold out-of-class discussions. Students can access their Canvas materials around the clock.
GSSM’s classrooms are equipped with computers, laptops, projectors, and digital whiteboards, just as you’d expect. In addition, we use a long list of tools like iPads, Vernier probes and data collectors, digital response systems, cameras, digital video editing software, language labs, digital microscopes, spectrophotometers, and the list goes on.
In addition to a general purpose Windows computer lab, where students can complete and print their assignments, there are two computer science labs featuring Windows, Linux, and a networking lab where students learn about machine instructions, network protocols, security, and hacking (in an insulated environment).