Office 2010 Information
Microsoft Office 2010
The District has upgraded to Office 2010.
To help with the transition, Click Here to find some quick reference guides for Office 2010.
Why did we upgrade? Many home computers are now running more recent versions of Microsoft Office than what we had in the district. This created version conflicts when staff and students tried to work between home and school. Office 2010 helps aleviate that problem and also helps better prepare our students for their next steps as they graduate from the district. Many colleges and work places will be using an updated Office product and getting exposure here will help our students be better prepared.
Why now? Office 2010 is the latest version (released June 2010) and upgrading now allows the district to start "out of gate" with the most recent version allowing us to stay up-to-date for many years!
Do I have to have 2010 on my home computer? NO. 2010 is backward compatible to previous versions of Office. All documents created at home will open at school without a problem. However, if you don't have 2010 at home and create a document at school, you will need to save as a 97-2003 document before taking a document home to continue working on. (See your building Technology Assistant if you need help.)
Can I get a copy of Office 2010 for my home computer? Read section below titled "Home Use."
Previous versions of Microsoft Office used by the district (i.e. Office 2003) allowed employees to use the software at home. For Office 2010 Microsoft made changes to it's licensing procedure which no longer offers that as an option.
Though the district can not provide employees with a copy of Office 2010 for use on their home computers, ALL employees (and/or students) of any educational institution can get Microsoft Office (as well as many other software programs) at a greatly reduced price for use at home. You can purchase a download of the Academic version of Office 2010 Professional (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher & One Note) for $79 online. $99 if you want the disks sent to you.
One website that offers the Academic Discount is:
http://www.academicsuperstore.com (also known as www.journeyed.com)
This is just one site where you can purchase software with an academic discount. This site is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau and, as of this posting, has a rating of A+. Click here for more information from the BBB. The district is not endorsing this or any one particular site. This is just one site that we found with a good price. Feel free to search for other sites or use one that you are already familiar with!