Office 2013 Professional Plus Free to Download for Personal Use
Carroll County Public Schools is very pleased to offer students and employees with a very special benefit. As long as you are a student or employee of CCPS, you will no longer need to purchase Office 2013 Professional Plus for your home computer or other devices. All CCPS students and employees may now download and install up to five copies of Office 2013 for personal use. Simply click the link below to get started. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT for CCPS-issued devices.
Download & Install Office 2013 Pro Plus
If you are not at your home computer then you can copy and paste this link for later use: http://downloadoffice365.azurewebsites.net/download.htm
Office365: Cloud Services for Students and Staff
All CCPS students and staff now have access to Office 365 Education thanks to CCPS membership in MEEC (Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium) and an existing partnership with Micosoft.
Office 365 is a cloud-based service accessible by any device with an internet connection from anywhere in the world. It provides students and employees free access to online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. In addition, the full Office 2013 Professional Plus suite can be downloaded and installed on as many as five personal devices, including computers and tablets.
For students, the Office 365 subscription lasts as long as the child is enrolled in Carroll County Public Schools. For teachers and staff, the access is available as long as they are employed by Carroll County Public Schools. Participants will receive automatic software updates to downloaded copies of Office 2013 Professional Plus to ensure they are running at peak efficiency.
While there are numerous available features, Office 365 was introduced with the following features enabled:
- Access to email in the cloud (can only send within the CCPS Domain - currently no outside email capability)
- Unlimited secure online storage for each student and access to any resource shared by teachers - this eliminates the need for portable storage devices such as flash drives
- Link to download up to 5 copies of Microsoft Office 2013 Professional to compatible personal devices for free
- Unlimited secure online storage for each staff member with access to any shared resource - this eliminates the need for portable storage devices such as flash drives
- Ability to share OneDrive documents and folders with other staff and students
- SharePoint with the ability to create and share sub-sites with students and staff
Other features can be added in the future including Microsoft Lync instant messaging and video teleconferencing capabilities, blogging, and other collaboration tools.
Please be aware that each user is responsible for backing up any documents stored in SharePoint or OneDrive in Office365. You are also responsible for granting, maintaining, and removing rights that you grant to other users to your SharePoint and OneDrive folders.
This is an exciting capability that offers enormous benefits to both students and staff of CCPS.
CCPS Wireless Network
The CCPS Wireless infrastructure is desgined to accomodate CCPS and non-CCPS devices. Each school has full wireless coverage throughout the building and CCPS implemented a new BYOD Policy last school year. Staff and students can use personal devices on the CCPS-Guest wireless network. The wireless network utilizes Aruba Networks' ClearPass for BYOD wireless service and Guest wireless self-registration. ClearPass is a mobile device management solution from Aruba Networks to allow users to connect to the CCPS-Guest wireless network without having to contact Technology Services for an account.
There are two distinct wireless networks: CCPS-Secure and CCPS-Guest.
CCPS-Secure is for CCPS Active Directory users logging in on a CCPS-issued device. The CCPS domain computers with wireless connections (laptops) will connect to CCPS-Secure automatically when CCPS users (staff or student) login to the computer.
Users on personal mobile devices such as phones, tablets, and laptops will now need to connect to the second wireless network, CCPS-Guest. Once connected to CCPS-Guest from a personal device, users select the Staff\Student option. Staff will be required to re-register their device every year and students every 75 days. The CCPS-Guest network is for personal Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and true non-CCPS visitors.
Please note: CCPS-Guest will connect to the internet only (No internal network resources) and be filtered at the elementary student level. This is a requirement based on personal devices not being identified at a specific user group level.
The three options when connecting to CCPS-Guest:
- Staff and Student Access option. This is for any CCPS staff\student personal wireless device (phone\tablet\personal laptop, etc…). The CCPS user will need to supply their network credentials to connect.
- Create Guest Account option (school hours 6am-5pm). This is for a non-CCPS user/visitor to create a guest account during the school day. The guest will need to be sponsored by a CCPS employee who will need to confirm the guest.
- After hours Guest Account. This will only work after 5pm or on weekends and the guest will not need to be sponsored by a CCPS employee.
Please click here for detailed instructions (including screenshots) on accessing the CCPS-Guest wireless network.
BYOD at CCPS
Here are links to various resources providing additional details on BYOD at CCPS.
Board Policy JICJ
Administration Regulation JICJ
FAQ - Parents
FAQ - Staff
FAQ - Students
Superintendent's Comcast Newsmakers interview on BYOD
For additional information, please click on the "Resources" Tab and search on the keyword BYOD.
Ad-free and Filtered Search
Carroll County Public Schools is enrolled in the Bing in the Classroom program with Microsoft. Bing will now be the default search engine on all CCPS computers. However, Google and other search engines are still available.
Bing in the Classroom provides school systems with ad-free search so that teachers have the power to choose a safer, more private online environment for students. All ads are removed from search results. In addition, SafeSearch is enabled with strict filtering to help filter out adult content including thumbnails in image searches. Privacy settings have been enhanced that prevent use of search data for personalized ad profiles.
When connected to the CCPC network on a CCPS device, accessing http://www.bing.com will automatically redirect to the Bing in the Classroom search screen.
Low Carbon IT Campaign
Carroll County Public Schools is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign by automating the power management, or sleep mode, on all school system computers and monitors. This simple step will help reduce the growing demand for electricity, save money, and help reduce carbon emissions. Carroll County Public Schools has received a certificate of recognition and is now listed as a participant on the US EPA ENERGY STAR website.
After working for years on various energy savings projects, the school system’s Technology Services Department is very pleased to be recognized by the ENERGY STAR Program. This initiative is part of a larger sustainability effort that includes replacement of CRT monitors with more energy efficient LCD monitors, data center virtualization and equipment replacement, and printer consolidation with power saving mode standards.
Based on the EPA’s “Low Carbon IT Savings” calculation spreadsheet, the school system will realize over $500,000 in cost savings and cost avoidance with the sleep mode change, or 3.7 million kilowatt hours. The other changes have already created about $250,000 in cost savings and cost avoidance.
Gary Davis, Chief Information Officer, stated, “Carroll County Public Schools is a willing participant in the financial and environmental benefits of reducing energy consumption. We know that this is an area of great interest in our student and greater community and it is something we take very seriously.” The school system has been a very conscientious participant in other energy savings initiatives for many years and has employed facilities-wide programs through the Johnson Controls Energy Performance Contract, efficient climate control systems, and the installation of geothermal HVAC systems in new school construction.
If all office computers and monitors in the U.S. were set to sleep when not being used, the country could save more than 44 billion kWh or $4 billion worth of electricity and avoid the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of about 5 million cars each year. Power management enables computers and monitors to go into a low-power sleep mode after a period of inactivity. Power management has the potential to save up to $50 per computer annually. Despite the significant savings, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, only five to ten percent of U.S. organizations have deployed these settings on computers.
About ENERGY STAR
The ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign is a nationwide effort to assist and recognize organizations for reducing the energy consumed by computers. Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint and save up to $50 per computer annually by going to
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 12,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937)
Gary R. Davis, Chief Information Officer
Sharon Minor, Supervisor of Information Technology
Jenn Seashole, Supervisor of Information Services