Technical FAQs

Do I need to own a computer to attend?

No. Each family will be loaned a computer system (including desktop computer and software) to support the learning process. These computer systems are instructional property and must be returned when the student leaves the school. Michigan Virtual Charter Academy will arrange for technical support and troubleshooting for these systems. Each family will need to secure their own Internet service provider, and MVCA will provide a stipend for the cost of the Internet service. The stipend is distributed twice a year at the end of each semester.

What computer skills are required?

The learning coach or mentor 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 interacts with the computer. The program is user-friendly.

What does the computer system available through MVCA include?

Computers provided through Michigan Virtual Charter Academy 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™
  • Shockwave™
  • Java 7
  • QuickTime®
  • Real Player®
  • McAfee® Virus Protection
  • McAfee® Web Protection

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RealPlayer is a trademark or a registered trademark of RealNetworks, Inc.

Macromedia Flash is a trademark or registered trademark of Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. QuickTime is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.