Computer and System Requirements

Hardware (minimum requirements):

Students must have regular access to a good, working computer. Some assignments can be completed on a smartphone or tablet, but our courses are too complex to be completed on either of those devices. Schools should ensure that students have access to a computer that meets the following standards:

  • 2 GHz minimum processor speed
  • 2 GB Ram, minimum
  • 10 GB of free HDD space
  • Audio Sound Capability & Headphones/Speakers

Operating System, one of the following:

  • Windows 10, 8, 7
  • Macintosh OS X 10.10 (minimum)

  Canvas Courses:

Screen Size Canvas is best viewed at a minimum of 800×600, which is the average size of a notebook computer. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app. Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux – chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  • iOS 10 and newer
  • Android 4.2 and newer

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  • Minimum of 5 mbps
Preferred Browser:  Google Chrome
Enabling Mixed Content in Chrome:
Google Chrome verifies that the website content you view is transmitted securely. If you visit a page in your Canvas course that is linked to insecure content, Chrome will display a shield icon in the browser address bar. You can choose to override the security restriction and display the content anyway by clicking the shield icon and then clicking the Load unsafe script button.

Connectivity Requirements

Internet Connection 1.5  MB download speed (or faster)

Security Requirements

  • Pop-up Blocker(s) must be turned off
  • Email whitelisting for addresses at
  • 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)
  • Office productivity suite (one of the following):
    • Microsoft Office
    • Google Docs
    • Open Office
      • Free download

Zoom Connect System Requirements

System Requirements

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in
  • Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

<Supported Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8 or 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista with SP1 or later
  • Windows XP with SP3 or later
  • Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
  • Mint 17.1 or higher
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 or higher
  • Oracle Linux 6.4 or higher
  • CentOS 6.4 or higher
  • Fedora 21 or higher
  • OpenSUSE 13.2 or higher
  • ArchLinux (64-bit only)

Supported Tablet and Mobile Devices

Supported Browsers

  • Windows: IE7+,  Firefox,  Chrome,  Safari5+
  • Mac: Safari5+,  Firefox,  Chrome
  • Linux: Firefox, Chrome

Course Specific Requirements

Course Specific Technical Requirements can be found here.


Google Chromebooks are currently supported for NCVPS Courses.

Google Chromebook and Chrome OS are possible options for you to consider to support your learning at NCVPS. While NCVPS learning environments are fully compatible with Google Chromebooks, some third party content within a course may not yet be updated to meet the requirements set forth within the Chrome Operating System.