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(Updated for the 2016-2017 program year!)

This page only specifies the minimum technical requirements for MTDA courses.  Some courses do require access to additional materials.  Please see the course catalog for details.

It is important that students have access to needed hardware and software upon beginning the course; deadlines are firm in the courses.

The minimum requirements for hardware and software are as followed:

Windows PCs

Hardware: Please see the minimum hardware requirements for supported operating systems. Student experience will be substantially enhanced when hardware is modern and equipped to support media-intense webpages and assets.

Software: Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit), Windows 8/8.1 (32 bit or 64 bit) or Windows 10 (32 bit or 64 bit).

Browsers: Firefox (latest stable version), Chrome (latest stable version), Internet Explorer (version 11 only; earlier versions are no longer supported by Microsoft), and Edge (latest stable version).  Plugins: Adobe Flash (latest version), Java (latest version) and Shockwave (latest version).

**MTDA no longer supports Windows XP as it is no longer supported by either Microsoft or our vendors.

Mac PCs

Hardware: Please see the minimum hardware requirements for supported operating systems. Student experience will be substantially enhanced when hardware is modern and equipment to support media-intense webpages and assets.

Software: Mac OSX version 10.9.5 or greater.

Browsers: Firefox (latest stable version), Chrome (latest stable version), and Safari (version 6 or better). Plugins: Adobe Flash (latest version), Java (latest version) and Shockwave (latest version).

Tablets and Smartphones

Due to the lack of media plugins available and file handling support on mobile platforms, MTDA does not support any tablet or smartphone OS platform, including iPhones, iPads, Android Phone or Tablets or Windows RT devices. Some students report successfully completing classes in these devices, however, support and assistance are not available from MTDA for these devices.

Chromebooks/Chromeboxes

MTDA broadly supports ChromeOS devices for delivery of our online courses, however, districts utilizing this platform should note a couple of things.  First, please support your local students on completing common digital tasks on the platform, including utilizing Google Docs, Sheets and Slides to open, modify and then export documents in common formats (like RTF, .doc, .docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.)

Exceptions: There are some courses that do require Microsoft Office (for example, the Microsoft Office course or Introduction to Statistics).  The web-based Office 365 product is not functional enough to meet the Office requirements.  There are also some curriculum assets in math and science classes that require Java that are not supported on Chromebooks.  Coding and computer science courses also do not support Chromebooks.

Individual Course Requirements

Due to the diversity of program offerings, many MTDA courses have unique hardware and software needs beyond the minimum standards. Those needs for specific courses are released with the updated catalog each August.

World Language Classes

All world and classical language programs do have specific hardware requirements to facilitate the necessary oral language components in the courses.  Specifically:

  • High school original credit language classes:  Original credit courses require a means of recording audio with a computer (headset, microphone, and headphones, etc.) to produce an MP3 file to upload to the MTDA learning management system.
  • Middle school multi-language sampler classes: in addition to audio recording equipment for PCs, each student will need access to a functioning webcam as they will be recording video of speaking lessons.