Do I need to own a computer to attend?
No. Each family will be loaned a computer system (including computer, printer, software, and Internet stipend) to support the learning process. These computer systems are instructional property and must be returned when the student leaves the Chicago Virtual Charter School. The Chicago Virtual Charter School will arrange for technical support and troubleshooting for these systems.
What computer skills are required?
The teaching adult 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 parent (or other responsible adult) who works with the computer. The program is user-friendly, and technology support is provided.
What does the computer system loaned by CVCS include?
Computers loaned by the Chicago Virtual Charter School follow these technical specs:
- 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(tm)
- Java 7
- Real Player®
- McAfee® Virus Protection
- McAfee® Web Protection
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