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Computing Technology.

What We Have

Our computing foundation consists of Intel or compatible hardware running Microsoft Windows operating systems. We use a district-wide network to manage access to computers. Servers are located in the school to provide personal data storage accessible from any machine on our network. Approximately 200 computers, most of which are located in computer labs or in the library, are available to students. The Internet is widely available, and some site filtering is in place. Ancillary equipment such as scanners, digital cameras and printers is available to students for use in school assignments.

Student Use – Expectations

Access to school and district computer facilities is a privilege. The facilities are to be used for curriculum related purposes only. We monitor the network, individual computers and individual students for inappropriate use of the network and privileges will be suspended if the acceptable use guide is broken. This guide is readily available throughout the school website and is included in the Student Registration Package.

Student Use – Availability

Access to computer equipment is managed by user names and passwords assigned to individual students by the school. Students will find it useful to have email accounts with public providers such as Gmail or Hotmail.

Microsoft Office products are installed on all computers. Additional special software as appropriate to the curriculum is installed on selected machines. This wide range of hardware and software products will be utilized by students as integral components of many courses. As students have access to MSOffice applications, many teachers expect these tools to be utilized in assignments. The library offers computers to students for use in completing assignments out of class time.

Limitations

The equipment and software in the school varies widely in vintage, power and capacity. We are not able to keep all of our facilities up to date with the most recent advances. Students may find that work prepared on recently acquired equipment at home will not always function as they may expect at school. Students should be aware of this limitation and should take steps to ensure they understand compatibility issues posed by the computers they have access to.

Privately Owned Laptops, Notebooks & Other Network Devices

Students are currently permitted to connect their own computers or any other network devices to the school wireless “LEARN” network only. They will do so by entering their valid school username and password. Students are not permitted to connect their own computers or any other network devices to the school wired network.

Gmail

Student Gmail accounts have been created for all students. A shortcut will appear on the students’ desktop at login. This account cannot be accessed through regular Gmail. Students must use the link below in the footer.

Office 365 for Home Use (for Students)

Everyone at Bellerose Composite High School is united behind a single goal – help train our students to succeed and prepare for life. To do that, we’re providing Office to every one of our students free of charge. This automatically updatable, subscription-based software ensures your child will always have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more. According to IDC, students with Office skills are better prepared for work in the professional world, providing our students with free access will enable them to better prepare for their future.

  • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets
  • Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing
  • Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular document software
  • Use the same programs as the faculty to ensure full file fidelity

This offer is available to all students at BCHS. Students can get their complimentary Office by visiting Office.com/GetOffice365 and follow the on screen instructions. Contact the school administration or visit install Office on your PC or Mac with Office 365 (http://aka.ms/Y0o21h) for installation assistance.