Technology Requirements

System Requirements:

  • Hardware (minimum requirements):
    • 1 GHz minimum processor speed
    • 512 MB Ram, minimum
    • 10 GB of free HDD space
    • Audio Sound Capability & Headphones/Speakers
  • Operating System, one of the following:
    • Windows 8, 7, Vista (known OS issues), or XP (Microsoft is discontinuing support for XP service pack 3 April 2014)
    • Macintosh OS X 10.6 (minimum)
    • For Chrome Book users:  Chrome’s web based OS is NOT SUPPORTED. The lack of java capabilities means these users WILL encounter problems with rich media objects which is a limitation of the OS that runs on Chrome Books.
      Chrome Books are not recommended for NCVPS Courses.  
      If a student or school chooses to use one, understand that certain areas of NCVPS content WILL NOT FUNCTION CORRECTLY in the Blackboard and Moodle environments.
  • Browser, one of the following:
    • For Blackboard Courses:
      • Internet Explorer 8.0 (minimum) in compatibility mode
        • http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/downloads/ie
      • Firefox 19 (minimum)
        • http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
        • Recommended for all other courses
        • Make sure java is enabled via browser controls.
        • Recommended for Foreign Language courses
      • Safari 5 (minimum)
        • http://www.apple.com/safari/download/
      • Chrome (Windows operating system only, not supporting in Mac OS currently)
        • https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/
    • For Moodle Courses:
      • Internet Explorer 8.0 (minimum) in compatibility mode
        • http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/downloads/ie
      • Firefox 19 (minimum)
        • http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
        • Recommended for all courses
        • Make sure java is enabled via browser controls.
      • Safari 5 (minimum)
        • http://www.apple.com/safari/download/
      • Chrome (Windows operating system only, not supporting in Mac OS currently)
        • https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

Connectivity Requirements

  • Internet Connection 1.5  MB download speed (or faster)

Security Needs

  • All ports should be open and Pop-up Blocker(s) must be turned off for:
    • http://ncvps.blackboard.com
    • http://moodle.ncvps.org
    • www.wimba.com
    • www.ncvps.org
    • www.help.ncvps.org
    • www.sasinschools.com
    • http://152.46.13.240 (HFS course content server)
    • http://152.46.13.234 (course content server)
    • http://152.46.13.233 (course content server)
  • Email white-listing for addresses at ncpublicschools.gov
  • A master list of websites to be open to students can be found here, however, the individual district can opt to open only those websites needed for courses the students are participating in.  Specific course needs can be found below.

Downloads, Software and Plugins:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader X 10.1.3 (minimum)
    • http://get.adobe.com/reader/
  • Media Players: (required)
    • VLC Media Player
    • QuickTime 7.0 (minimum)
  • Media Players: (optional)
    • Real Player 10 + (minimum)
    • Windows Media Player 9 (minimum)
  • Audio recording software for creating mp3 audio recordings.
    • Audacity
      • Free and recommended for all language courses
      • http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
    • Equivalent mp3 recording software
  • Java Version 7 update 45
    • Critical recurring updates
    • http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
  • Adobe Flash Player 12+ (minimum)
    • http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  • Office productivity suite (one of the following):
    • Microsoft Office
    • Google Docs
    • Open Office
      • Free download
      • www.openoffice.org/
  • Adobe Shockwave Player 11.6 (minimum)
    • http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/

Blackboard collaborate system requirements

Operating Systems

  • XP
  • Vista
  • Win 7
  • Win 8
  • Mac 10.6,10.7,10.8

Internet Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 9 (except Win 8 which must run IE 10)
  • Firefox
  • Safari 6.0 (only with 10.7 and 10.8, 10.6 users MUST use firefox)
  • Chrome (only certified with Win 7 and win 8)

Additional requirements

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access – 28.8 kbps speed or above (Broadband connection highly recommended)
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam (optional)

Note:  If the NCVPS course requires other technologies such as digital cameras, handhelds, midi devices, etc. please contact your NCVPS eLearning advisor at your home school about getting access to such equipment.

Course Specific Requirements

Course Specific Technical Requirements can be found here.

Credit Recovery Specific Requirements

Department Course Name
Credit Recovery CR English I
Credit Recovery CR English II
Credit Recovery CR English III
Credit Recovery CR English IV
Credit Recovery CR Algebra I
Credit Recovery CR Algebra II
Credit Recovery CR Geometry
Credit Recovery CR Physical Science
Credit Recovery CR Civics and Economics
Credit Recovery CR US History