The good news is that to get the best online learning experience you don’t need to buy any software (although you may be asked to download a free plug-in), and most PCs and Macs sold in the past five years have the technical requirements needed:
✓ PC: Windows® XP (or newer), at least 512MB memory; (2GB recommended).
✓ MAC: OS X 10.5 or newer, at least 512MB memory.
✓ Internet Explorer 8, Chrome®, Firefox®, or Mozilla® browsers (or newer).
✓ MAC users should download Chrome® or Firefox® browsers, as Safari® is not compatible with our Web-conferencing software plugin. iPads are also not compatible with our plugin.
✓ High-speed internet access to maintain audio/visual contact.
✓ Webcam, microphone, and speakers. On recent computers, these are often built in.
Note: A separate headset with microphone is highly recommended, but not required.
Additional requirements for teachers:
✓ Headset with built-in microphone.
✓ Compatible Webcam (at least 1.3 Megapixels).
✓ Graphic tablet suggested for math and science.