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Browsers, Apps, and Software

The technology department installs some software on all devices when able. Others can be deployed, installed by a tech, self-installed through the Software Center shortcut on the desktop, or assigned as a cloud or web-based app. For new apps, approval must be given by a technology department director before installation or assignment.

Some common or important apps to be aware of:

Kite – Available on most platforms, this is used for assessments, and on Windows, it usually requires an update once per year. Contact our office with questions about this ahead of any testing schedules.

Chrome – This is our default browser, as it integrates best with Googles apps that we employ. Edge and Firefox are also good browsers, but staff and students should stay away from any other browsers outside of these three, as there are some that are malicious and may steal information.

Adobe CC – The Adobe suite of products includes Photoshop and Acrobat, useful for high level image editing and PDF editing, respectively. Not necessary for simple PDF reading, where a browser will suffice.

Autodesk – Includes AutoCAD, Revit, 3DSmax, and more. Used in a handful of clasrooms or labs.

Microsoft Office – Installed by default on most Windows devices, and can be accessed on the web from non-Windows devices. Includes Outlook for mail, Powerpoint, and Word, among others.

Google Apps – Includes apps similar to those provided by Office, as well as many others such as Classroom.

Filemaker – Essential for various information collecting, databasing, and organizing, this app is installed on most Windows computers. iPads can make use of a mobile version, but support for other platforms is lagging at this time.