Online School System Requirements

Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements for Online Course Interaction

Students must have access to a broadband Internet connection and a personal computer with the following requirements.

PCs:
  • Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows 7 with all current updates installed (updates available at http://update.microsoft.com)
  • Memory: 2+ Gigabytes RAM Memory
  • Hard drive: 120 Gigabyte
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Monitor with 1024 x 728 pixel resolution or better
Macs:
  • Processor: PowerPC G4 or Intel
  • Operating System: OS X 10.4.9
  • Memory: 2+ Gigabytes RAM Memory
  • Hard drive: 120 Gigabyte
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Monitor with 1024 x 728 pixel resolution or better
Additional Necessary Software for PC’s and Macs:
  • Current anti-virus software
  • Preferred Web Browser: Firefox  http://www.firefox.com
  • Microsoft Word (2003 or later version)
  • Java/JRE: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp
  • Adobe Reader: http://get.adobe.com/reader
  • QuickTime: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
  • Itunes: www.itunes.com

  • ACCESSING FLBI COURSEWARE THROUGH APPLE iOS DEVICES

    GENERAL USAGE NOTES:

    • With iOS devices, for access to PDF files, for example, the Syllabus, you will at first notice that the document is partially displayed. For full scrolling capability of PDF documents, you must use a firm 2-Finger scrolling directly on the document. This will enable you to scroll and view the complete contents of the document.
    • All other selections of menu items can be made by tapping the specific item with a finger.
    • If an external keyboard is not used with the iOS device, use the onscreen software keyboard to type and enter any text.

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRINTING FROM iOS DEVICES:

    FREE SOFTWARE OPTIONS:

    iOS has a built-in application called “AirPrint” and will print to many of the recent printers from manufacturers such as HP, Epson, Brother and Dell. Following are the steps to set up printing:

    • Confirm that wireless “Wi-Fi” is enabled and that you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your printer.
    • On some of the newest printers, there may be an actual setting on the printer itself to “Enable AirPrint”.
    • Open an application on the iOS device that supports AirPrint, i.e., Safari web browser. Apps from the App Store may require an update to use AirPrint.
    • Choose the content you want to print and tap the appropriate icon to display the option to Print.
    • Select your printer and tap Print.

    In addition, depending upon the model of printer, HP, Epson and Brother have their own iOS apps that enable connectivity to their specific printers.

    PAID PRINT SOFTWARE:

    There are third-party fee-based applications that can be purchased from the Apple App Store. Most of them work via a client installed on a Desktop or laptop PC connected to a home computer network with connected to a printer. Then an iOS app client is installed on the iOS device to enable the iOS device to “see” and print to the printer connected to the PC.

    • Breezy
    • Print Easy Pro

    STUDENT EXPERIENCE:

    • Currently unable to access any course work or exams; only able to access syllabus PDF.
    • Course items are not available or visible.

    TEACHER EXPERIENCE:

    • Outline and Curriculum PDF documents can be opened and viewed but cannot be downloaded or saved to the iOS device for later viewing.

    NOTES:

    • All other areas: Forum, Profile, Information, etc.are accessible with no problems.
    • In “Mobile Mode” Login link is not visible so there is no ability to login unless “Desktop Mode” is turned on.

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    SUGGESTION:

    The reason that the PDF documents on the FLBI web site cannot be downloaded is because they are currently embedded in the pages. My suggestion would be to code the webpages to enable the PDF documents to be recognized as attached PDF documents instead of imbedded. This will then allow the option on iOS devices for the documents to in essence be “downloaded” and available to be opened in the Adobe Reader or the iOS iBooks applications. It should be a simple recoding of the pages.

For all technical questions, contact:
Jovan Adams
jadams@faithlandmarks.org
(804) 262-7104 x124
Or
Robin Gupton
rgupton@faithlandmarks.org
(804) 262-7104 x111