Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How to Install Software at School. It's Easy with the App Depot, Chrome Web Store, and more.

Don't let download restrictions stop you! Use the App Depot and Chrome Web Store to get what you want.

Can I Install Software at School? 

In Plano ISD, we keep a very secure network. One way we do this is by restricting the ability for users to install software on our network computers that could potentially pose as a security threat to our network.

What's the work around? You know there's always a work around! Below is the procedure to follow to find/acquire software for you and your students.


Your lesson calls for students to present what they learned using a tool of their choice. A student asks you if he can record his computer screen. "Of course you can!", you exclaim. You tell him to go to the App Depot to search for and install Screencast-o-matic.

Side notes: Or you can advise him to install the Screencastify Chrome Extension via the Chrome Web Store; perfect for Chromebooks. Teachers can get ideas from our Hotspot website's Suggested Apps & Websites page under the "Presentations that Pop" list of tools.


App Depot

Check to see if we already have the program you're looking for in the App Depot. Search the name of it in the search field. Click on the program to install it.

app depot icon


On PISD Instructional Technology's Hotspot website, click on the Suggested Apps & Websites page to peruse the plethora of tools suggested for you and your students! In this case, scroll down to "Presentations that Pop" for tools that your students can use to present their learning.

Hopefully, one of these ways will help you locate a tool for your students to use based on your situation. 

Request Software Testing & Packaging

It's not as tedious as it sounds! If you would like software that is not found in the App Depot, follow this step:

  1. Talk with your curriculum coordinator about what your options are. 
    • At that point, he/she will either answer your question or contact Instructional Technology to brainstorm solutions and request that the software be tested on our network. 
    • When it comes to us, we can install it, test it, approve/deny it, and send it to our engineers to have it packaged and placed in either the App Depot or a PISD Apps folder. 
    • Within days you'll have it ready for you to install in the App Depot or it'll be pushed to your PISD Apps folder. 

Can I Install Software on a Chromebook?

Not a thing. But what IS a thing is using the Chrome Web Store to add Apps and Extensions. Check out some of our favorites here: tinyurl.com/pisdchromify Click on "Suggested Extensions" or "Suggested Apps" on the top right of the screen.

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