Introducing ToyNet

ToyNet is a comprehensive learning platform that provides lectures, hands-on labs, skill assessments, and publications on computer networking. It’s easy to get lost in the jargon associated with the computer networking. That’s why we break down topics such as the OSI model, Virtualization, and Domain Name Servers into step-by-step explanations.

We prepare learners for a job market that is becoming increasingly dependent on technology by eliminating common learning hurdles such as information overload and accessibility to enterprise networks. Our open-source curriculum is written and reviewed by industry experts.

Curriculum

ToyNet presents the complexity of the internet in small, easily digestible modules designed to support a variety of learning styles. Visual learners benefit from our text-based lectures which include diagrams, and animations. the form of news and blog articles about computer networks.

By far, the most challenging learner profiles to support remotely are kinesthetic and tactile learners who need some feedback and interaction. That’s why we did not stop at basic skills assessments and surveys.

Our technology team developed an in-house network emulator to allow learners to build out networks and run system administration commands on them as if they were provisioning real hosts, assigning them IP addresses, and verifying connectivity across routers and switches.

Virtues

Every branch of the U.S. Military has unique values they seek to instill in their personnel. Our modules begin with a self-reflection exercise on our virtues, which are pulled from our different service branches: Courage, Duty, Commitment, Service, Loyalty, Excellence, Respect, Integrity, and Honor. We incorporate all nine of these values into our learning platform and introduce a tenth value: Grit.

Grit is the combination of passion and perseverance toward long-term goals. A longitudinal study following more than 11,000 West Point cadets reported that while cognitive ability was a strong predictor of academic performance, cadets who fell one standard deviation higher on the grit scale were over 50% more likely to complete the rigorous Cadet Basic Training. While grit cannot be handed to someone, Project Reclass is dedicated to providing the resources necessary to support gritty learners who are seeking a change.

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