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Technical Requirements

The Smithsonian Education Online Conference is designed to be easy to access — regardless of your computer, connection or experience with online tools.

If you are seeing this page, you already have what you need to access the Online Conference community, its many resources and discussion areas. Accessing the live and recorded sessions featured during the conference requires only that your computer has sound (i.e. headphones or speakers) and the free Flash player. If you'd like to check that your computer is all set to go, you can click the Technical Check button below. If you need any assistance, contact us. We're here to help!

Technical Check


TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS Windows
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista®
  • Internet Explorer 6 or 7 or higher
  • Netscape Navigator 8.1 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5.04 or higher
Macintosh
  • Mac OS X v10.4
  • Safari 2.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5.03
Additional requirements:
  • Headphones or speakers (to hear audio)
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 8 or 9
  • Internet connection (Cable/DSL or other broadband recommended)
  • Cookies enabled in your web browser

Closed Captioning AvailableNote: We are pleased to inform you that all live conference sessions will be closed captioned in real time for those with hearing impairments or participants who prefer to follow along via text.