Online School Technical FAQ's
Do I need to own a computer to attend?
Yes. Each family is required to have a computer that meets the minimum specifications necessary to access the K12 Online School (OLS). Families must also have Internet access in order to participate in the school. In certain cases based on financial need, OVCA may loan a computer to an enrolling family. This determination will take place once a student is approved for the school year. Students may not wait for approval or shipment of a loaner computer to begin schooling.
What computer skills are required?
The Learning Coach (responsible adult in the home) needs to have at least basic computer skills. Use of the computer is an important part of the program, but in the early grades, it is mostly the learning coach who interacts with the computer. The program is user-friendly.
What are the minimum requirements needed for computer systems for families enrolling in the OVCA?
- Speed: 1.8 GHz or better
- RAM: 2-4 GB
- Disk space: 160 GB or more
- DVD drive
- Monitor: 19-inch flat panel
- Laptop screen: 15.6-inch
- Audio: High Definition sound card
- Modem: Ethernet port. Laptops include Nic card (wi-fi)
- Desktop Microphone and Headset Microphones
- Operating system: Windows 7 Professional
- Microsoft Office 2010
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer version 10
- Google Chrome 33
- Mozilla Firefox 22
- Adobe® Reader®
- Macromedia Flash™
- Java 7
- Real Player®
- McAfee® Virus Protection
- McAfee® Web Protection
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