Technology Links & Tips

Technical Information

Helpful links

Internet Safety

Internet safety is a priority for all our students.  At home, it is important to talk with your students about how to be safe while on the web. Here are some tips from Common Sense Media:

  • Never share names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses.
  • Never open an email from a stranger – it may contain viruses that can harm a computer.
  • Never send pictures to strangers or view pictures that strangers send to them.
  • Keep passwords private (except to parents).
  • Tell a trusted adult if something mean or inappropriate happens on the Internet.

Additional information for elementary students can be found at:

High school students can also read about how internet safety is important for them at:

If you want some help getting started, check out the attached document below on how to talk with your kids about internet safety.

Computer Specifications

Using a home computer for LinK12 Lakeville courses?  Here are the technical specifications you need.

Hardware with Windows Operating System

The minimum hardware recommendations to use the program are as follows:

  • CPU: Intel Processor 1.0 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Firefox 3.0 or later
  • RAM: 512MB of RAM

Hardware with Macintosh Operating System

The minimum hardware recommendations to use the program are as follows:

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor
  • Browser: Firefox 3.0 or later, Safari 2.0 or later
  • RAM: 512MB of RAM

Software

  • Adobe Flash Player 10
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or later
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or later
  • Apple QuickTime

Dial-Up

  • ALL web acceleration software must be disabled for the school to work properly.
  • If you are using NetZero, the 3G or Hi-Speed version of the NetZero software is not able to be used consistently with the Online School. The basic version of the NetZero Software should installed.
  • If you are using AOL you must minimize AOL after Connecting and use an approved browser.
  • If you are using MSN, you cannot use MSN Explorer consistently. You MUST meet the minimum speed of 56k.

All ISP

  • Pop-up Blockers can affect your ability to access the Online School.
  • Internet Security Products, such as Norton, can inhibit your online experience.
  • Software firewalls installed on your PC often will cause accessibility problems.
  • Firewalls must have port 8080 open to both TCP and UDP traffic to allow access to the OLS.

Additional Technical Considerations

  • Touchscreens and Wacom tablets can interfere with accessing links in the Online School. Please see the manufacturer’s Support Site to configure these devices to work consistently with Flash Player.
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