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Laptop Minimum Requirements

 

What kind of computer should my child bring to school?

 

Mater Dei Catholic makes no specific requirements regarding brand, operating system (i.e., Windows vs. Macintosh), or configuration.  The most important question to ask when selecting a computer is what your child will use it for.  Most students at Mater Dei Catholic will use their computers for primary tasks: word processing; Internet searching; using the School’s learning management system called PowerSchool to access and post assignments, and participate in online discussions; data analysis; and creating multimedia projects.  Media-rich files use much more storage and memory than word-processed documents, and more memory than the baseline is recommended.

 

 

Computers that meet the requirement

Devices that DO NOT meet the requirement

• Any Apple Macbook: 4GB of RAM, 128GB hard drive with MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) or newer

• Any Microsoft Windows laptop: 4GB RAM, 128GB hard drive with Microsoft Windows 10 or newer

  • Apple iPad, iPad Pro, or iPhone

  • Google Android tablet (Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy, etc.)

  • Microsoft Surface RT

  • Smartphones (iPhone, Blackberry, Android, etc.)

  • Google Chromebook

 

 

 

Mater Dei Minimum Computer Requirements

 

 

Minimum Requirements for Apple Macintosh

Minimum Requirements for Windows

Operating System

macOS X (10.12 Sierra) or newer

Microsoft Windows 10 or newer

Memory (RAM)

4 GB of RAM minimum

Hard Drive

128GB HD minimum. Photos, music, and movies require more storage.

Camera & Microphone

Built in

Wireless

Yes, 5GHz : 802.11ac

Warranty / Maintenance (strongly recommended)

AppleCare

Manufacturer’s Extended Warranty

Backup System

iCloud, Time Machine, Google Drive, Dropbox, Carbonite, etc.

OneDrive, Windows Backup, Google Drive, DropBox, Carbonite, etc.

Microsoft OneDrive (school provided)

Software

• Microsoft Office is required and will be provided by Mater Dei Catholic using student email login (details to follow)

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • Adobe Flash

  • Java

  • At least three up-to-date web browsers (Edge (on Windows Only), Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.)

Antivirus Protection

Mater Dei Catholic will provide Norton Symantec Endpoint Protection (AntiVirus & Security)

Mater Dei Catholic will provide Norton Symantec Endpoint Protection (AntiVirus & Security)

 

 

 

 

Mater Dei Recommended Computer Requirements

 

 

 

Minimum Requirements for Apple Macintosh

Minimum Requirements for Windows

Operating System

macOS X (10.12 Sierra) or newer

Microsoft Windows 10 or newer

Memory (RAM)

8 GB minimum (16GB Optimal)

Hard Drive

256GB SSD [Solid State Drive] (512GB SSD Optimal)

Camera & Microphone

Built in

Wireless

Yes, 5GHz : 802.11ac