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System Requirements

Beacon Educator strives to provide online professional development that users can access anywhere at anytime. Beacon recommends the following computer operating systems and internet speeds for optimal performance:

Recommended Operating Systems and Internet Connection
For information on how to find what operating system you are using read the article “What operating system am I using (Windows)?” or “What operating system am I using (Mac)?”.

  • Windows:
    • Windows 10 or newer
    • Intel Core i5 or newer processor
    • 4 GB of RAM
  • Mac:
    • OS X (High Sierra – 10.13) or newer
    • Intel or M1 processor
  • Internet connection:
    • 3 Mbps or higher
    • Note: Some courses include summatives that require the user to upload files. Large files may take longer to upload over limited internet connections. Beacon recommends users upload files using a strong and stable internet connection.

Supported Web Browsers
The following browsers are supported on web and mobile devices:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari
  • Note: Many pages on Beacon's website use JavaScript. Users should enable JavaScript to ensure access to all content. For specifics on enabling JavaScript for your browser, read the article “How do I enable Javascript?”

Additional Software
Some users may choose to use additional software (e.g. screen readers). Various summatives and course content require the use of additional software to access files, links or videos. Beacon supports the following software:

  • Screen readers
    • VoiceOver for Mac
    • Narrator for Windows
  • Microsoft Office 365 or latest desktop version
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • HandBrake (for converting videos)