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Software and On-boarding

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To ensure your child's device runs smoothly and is protected against threats, it should be regularly updated while at home (Education Queensland firewalls prevent these updates from occurring).

The following programs are required to be installed on laptops:

Microsoft Office

Park Ridge students can download and install Microsoft Office 365 free of charge. This includes licences for up to 5 devices. This can be downloaded by going to office.com and signing in with their school email and password (Year 7 may not be active until Day One)

Internet browser

Park Ridge State High School recommends two browsers for students.  Some websites may display differently depending on what browser is used.

Microsoft Edge - fast and light, this is a great browser to use with OneNote.  Already available on most Windows machines, make sure your version is up to date.

Microsoft Chrome - this has the best compatibility with the most websites.  Available for free.

VLC media player

VLC is a free, small, open source media player that's available for free on every platform.  Download a copy from their website.

Anti-virus software

Computers running the latest version of Windows 10 have protection built in through the Windows Defender app.  All other computers will need to have an active anti-virus software program installed on their computer to work on the school network.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Acrobat Reader is a free program that can be downloaded from the Adobe website.  This supports PDF documents.

Adobe Design suite (senior Arts students only)

Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) suite of apps for students includes industry standard apps such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere Pro. 

Students studying Photography, Film TV & New Media or Media Arts in Practice are encouraged to install this software so they can continue using it when at home.  Students should check if their device meets requirements before downloading the trial (30 days).

Students with the trial can have their licence activated through school for just $10/year.

On-boarding

Students will need to on-board before they can use the internet, connect to printers or network drives at Park Ridge SHS.

This process will be completed with their form teachers in the first week of Term One.

Students should make sure they come to school with their device set up:

 Device is fully charged, Wi-Fi is switched on

Students need to be a local administrator (with administrator privileges) at the time of on-boarding.  These can be removed after installation is completed.

Anti-virus is disabled/removed during installation.  This can be enabled/reinstalled after.

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Last reviewed 26 January 2020
Last updated 26 January 2020