Technology has become an integral part of not only the business functions of the school district but also the learning environment. Technology is placed in schools to support and enhance the curriculum. Standardized age-appropriate software is selected that enables teachers at different grade levels to focus on specific areas of the curriculum or on different skills. Guilford County also provides various online resources, activities to address learning computer skills, distance learning opportunities, teacher productivity tools and software to computerize school operations.
All software must be approved for use by the Technology Applications Review Committee (TARC). This ensures a standardized and controllable network environment that supports the mission of the Guilford County School District.
Software is divided into two categories, standard software that is provided on all computers in a particular grade/area and approved software that may be purchased by schools or departments. This section includes the following information on technology-related software used in the district.
Request for Software to be Reviewed & Approved
In an effort to keep these important business applications, programs, and learning environments secure and running efficiently, Technology Services is constantly performing upgrades and installing new software initiatives. Although most are done outside the instructional timeframes, some items, such as virus updates, must be done continually. More specifically:
- Windows updates and Virus definitions and agents are installed on an ongoing basis as released by Microsoft. These updates will be installed throughout the day as security issues need to be continually monitored and patched. If the computers need to reboot, a message will appear that allows the user to choose when to restart the computer. Please reboot as soon as possible.
- Software maintenance updates and installations will be done during a window of 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. weekdays and anytime during the weekend. For this reason, users should not shut down computers. It is recommended that users log off every evening so the updates and possible restarts needed will not affect open documents, etc.
The following list of software is typically installed on every computer at no cost to the site. The district also provides technical support for all software listed but may not provide extensive user support for individual packages. Ongoing subscription fees will be paid from the general Technology Services budget.
Different operating systems may require different versions of the software to be loaded.
Standard PC Desktop Software For All Areas:
Microsoft Office Professional Suite
Additional Plug-ins as needed
Additional software has been approved by the TARC for use on the Guilford County Schools’ network. Schools and departments must purchase the software and provide proof of license before Technology Services can install any program. Minimum purchase must include a license for all computers in an entire site, lab, grade level, media center or, if in a middle/high school or Central Office, by the department. The only exception to this is for dedicated ESL and EC classrooms, where the minimum purchase is a license for every computer per classroom. Interactive board software should be purchased as a site license, regardless of how many interactive boards are onsite. Technology Services may allow an exception to this, based on the specific situation.
Schools and departments should check with Technology Services for compatibility before purchasing updated or networked versions of this software:
Approved/Denied Software List (updating currently - will post as soon as it is completed)
Request For Software To Be Reviewed and Added to Approved List
To guarantee new software choices will successfully co-exist with approved Guilford County Schools’ software solutions and to make certain all business and educational technology requirements are aligned with district goals, any software not on the Approved Software List must be reviewed and approved by the TARC.
New software should be available in a current version that is designed to operate with Guilford County Schools’ hardware standards and installed operating system. No Beta, trial, or personal software will be considered. Requests will be evaluated based on:
- Initial and ongoing cost
- Impact on network and support
- Vendor economic strength, support, and expertise
- Product/technology maturity and availability
- Use of industry-recommended design standards
- Security and internal control designs
- Learning curve and training requirements for end-users
- Consistency with business and educational strategies
If approved, a minimum software purchase must include a license for every computer in an entire site, grade level, lab, media center or, if in a middle/high school or Central Office, by the department. The only exception to this is for dedicated ESL and EC classrooms, where the minimum purchase is a license for every computer per classroom. Interactive board software should be purchased as a site license, regardless of how many interactive boards are onsite. Technology Services may allow an exception to this, based on the specific situation.
Further information and request forms can be downloaded by selecting the following link:
All software installed must be owned by Guilford County Schools.