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Access to the internet.

A Desktop Computer or Laptop
The following specifications for equipment and resources are recommended minimum requirements:

Computer specification requirements (Windows) (Any brand):

  •  Intel Core i5 Quad Core processor or AMD equivalent (minimum requirement)
  • GeForce 9300 GE/GS (or later) (or other brand equivalent) Graphics Card
  • At least 250GB storage space (HDD or SSD)
  • CD/DVD Optical drive or USB connected external CD drive
  • Windows 8 or higher (Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preferred) (Enterprise or Professional edition is optional)

Mac compatibility list: 
  • OSX Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8) or up   
  • iMac  - 2008 or later
  • MacBook Air – 2009 or later
  • MacBook Pro – 2008 or later

MacBook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, Xserve is not recommended unless connecting an external monitor is possible.
Note: Using any Linux (Ubuntu) distribution without prior knowledge is not recommended. Support for Linux users is limited.

Essential requirements (Windows/Mac)

Printer (any model/brand)

               An internet connection with at least 2 Megabytes per second download speed      (Broadband/Cable/DSL preferred)

·         USB Flash Drive (Any brand, model and storage space)
·         USB External Hard drive for backup (may use USB Flash drive if it has at             least 16 Gigabytes of storage space)
·         Microsoft Office (A free copy of Office 365 is offered to all students enrolled           with BrisbaneSDE)
·         Adobe Reader (to read .pdf files)
·         Adobe Flash Player + Flash Plugin
·         Adobe Shockwave Player
·         Java 8 Update 101 or later (Windows only) (Java 8 Update 101 is                      recommended)
·         Mozilla Firefox and/or Google Chrome (to be used as the default browser)
·         Subscription to any Virus Protector (Norton’s, McAfee and Avast are most            commonly used)
·         Stereo or Mono capable headset (5.1 or 7.1 surround sound not supported)

Optional accessories (Windows/Mac)

      ·         External USB Mouse (Recommended for all laptops)
·         External additional monitor (Recommended for all small laptops)
·         External USB drawing pad (discuss with your teacher before purchasing)
Note: Vision-impaired students may be required to access additional software. Up to the user’s discretion.

Parental Controls:

If you intend to use Parental Controls on the computer, it is recommended you use the default Windows Parental Control system or Mac equivalent. Third-party programs have been known to cause issues (example: Qustodio Parental Control)

Tablets:

It is possible to do school work on most tablets (excluding Amazon Kindle or Kindle Fire) but you will be unable to attend class as BrisbaneSDE does not currently have an Android or IOS app

Note: Tablets or 2-in-1 laptops that use a Windows operating system will be able to access classes.