Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preparing for Upgrades

Beginning this summer, the ESSD Technology Department will begin the next 3-year phase of computer replacements.  All users will transition from Windows XP operating system and Microsoft Office 2007 (or earlier) to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010.  The differences in both are significant enough to cause a bit of a learning curve.

The Learning Express Library has excellent training resources for district staff to help with the transition.  Select the Popular Software Tutorials or Computer & Internet Basics link to learn more about the Windows 7 operating system or the Microsoft Office 2010 suite of software.

Note:  The Learning Express Library is accessible only from a computer in the district due to the terms of our subscription.  New users must create a username/password and district staff may use their district email address.


Update (2/28/13)

Julie Houck, High School Library Media Specialist writes:  "From my understanding you have to log in the first time on a school district computer and after that you can log in anywhere you want. It has to pick up a school district (IP) address the first time and then the user name and password is associated with a school and you are good to go anywhere."

Thanks, Julie!

Current plans for computer replacements include all High School computers during the 2013-2014 school year.  The tech department is working on the logistics of providing an operating system upgrade to Windows 7 for all Middle School computers during the 2013-14 year as well.  More details will be provided to staff in each building before summer break.