To be able to access course information, you need proper equipment, computer systems, and technical specifications.
Computer with Internet Capability: Students are expected to supply their own personal computer with high speed Internet capability to access the course work. In some instances, a school may provide access to a computer to use at the school, either during or after regular school hours. Students should speak to their School Site Facilitator for more information regarding availability and accessibility.
Headsets: Students will need to have access to a computer that allows the use of headsets (microphone and headphones) or a computer with these built-in capacities (as most laptops have). There are many inexpensive devices available wherever computers are sold and stores such as Radio Shack, WalMart, or Costco. The $5 to $20 devices are certainly adequate.
WebEx Meeting Center Application: E-School courses utilize a synchronous tool called WebEx to hold live virtual class meetings. Students will need a headset and a microphone to be able to participate in these live meetings. Participants who have never attended a live virtual class session using WebEx before will need to download, install, and configure the WebEx Meeting Center application on their computer. The first time a participant joins a meeting, the Meeting Center application will automatically be installed. However, the following links can be used to manually download and install it.
- Go to: https://hvln.webex.com
- On the left-hand side, click on Support -> Downloads.
- Scroll to Meeting Center Application, select your platform (Windows or Mac)
- Click Download to download the installer for your operating system.
Software Requirements: To ensure that your computer is properly configured to run Blackboard, please be sure to run the Browser Check on the HVLN Blackboard site, https://hidoe.blackboard.com -> Run Browser Check, https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Student/015_Browser_Support/Browser_Checker
General System Requirements: Minimum system requirements are listed below.
Windows Vista, 7, or 8
|Windows 7 or 8
Mac OSX 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9
|Processor||1 GHz processor||2 GHz or faster processor|
|Memory||512 MB of RAM||2 GB of RAM or higher|
|Monitor Resolution||1024 x 768||1024 x 768 or higher|
|Free Hard Disk Space||5 GB of free disk space||20 GB or higher of free space|
|Internet Connection||Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps||Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher|
|Internet Browser||Latest version of Chrome or Firefox. To ensure proper configuration, run the Blackboard Browser Check: https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Student/015_Browser_Support/Browser_Checker|
|Display||1024 x 768 or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor recommended|
Sound capability and Headset (with microphone)
Must be turned off for Blackboard site
|Word Processing Software||Recommended Microsoft Office or at least a word processing program that will allow the ability to create Rich Text Files (.rtf).
Free word processing applications such as Open Office http://www.openoffice.org/ are available.
QuickTime 7.0 or above installed (free download from Apple website)