Did you know that BCPS students and their family members can now access free of charge up to five copies of the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus suite for their personal computers, tablets, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.
The benefit to BCPS students and families, which is worth up to $11 million annually to the school community, is possible through Baltimore County’s participation in the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Benefit program.
BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance said the free downloads are a natural complement to the rollout of S.T.A.T. (“Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow”) — the BCPS move to personalized learning with 1:1 digital devices.
The program, which is included in the Microsoft licensing agreement and costs BCPS nothing, is offered through the school system at no cost to students and their family members.
The Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus suite contains all of the most widely used Office functions – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher software tools. In addition, BCPS is able to provide students and staff with unlimited free, secure, and private storage of all documents and files. The online storage capabilities may be used any time from any device.
To access the Office 365 benefit, BCPS students should go to www.bcps.org/Office365 and log in using their full BCPS username (including @bcps.org) and password. Students who do not know their BCPS usernames are asked to contact their school’s technology liaison for assistance. On the Installation page, make sure the language is set to “English (United States)” and then click install. Users should not change the default option of the Office 365 32-bit version.
BCPS students who encounter any problems installing the software, or who would like instructions for installing Office 365 on Apple or mobile devices, should click the “Troubleshoot Installation” link on the main installation page.