Required Software for Student Devices

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Updated 7-3-18

Microsoft Office Suite – Required on all student devices

Thanks to PCHS licensing with Microsoft, all students are entitled to install the full version of Microsoft Office on their devices.  It is NOT necessary to purchase Microsoft Office on your own.  Please note that new students will receive login credentials at the BYOD set-up session prior to the start of the school year; they can install Office at that time.

Before proceeding, you may want to watch a short video  from Microsoft on how to install.  There are separate videos for Windows and Mac.

  1. IMPORTANT:  If you have a Microsoft Office on your device already (even if it is a trial version), uninstall it and reboot.  It is never recommended that you have two different installations of the software.
    1. Directions for uninstalling a program in Windows 10
    2. Directions for uninstalling a program on Mac
  2. Login at  You will need your student PCHS email address and password.  (This was included on the Course Selection sheet you received in June.  If you have misplaced it, please email us.)
  3. Click on Install Office 2016 in the upper right.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete installation.

Required Apps

Below is a list of required software applications to be installed on student devices.  For your convenience, we have included links to the download page.

AppDescriptionDownload available at:
Windows Updates and Mac OS updatesTHIS IS IMPORTANT!
Be sure that your pc is updated with the latest patches and drivers
Directions for Windows 10

Directions for updating macOS
Adobe Reader (or other pdf reader)PDF reader
Antivirus - WindowsMicrosoft provides free anti-virus software called Windows Defender; already installed on new devicesMore info
Antivirus - MacThere are many for Mac; Sophos is freeSophos download

MacWorld's antivirus picks
AudacityAudio recorder and editorSourceForge
ChromeGoogle's browser; preferred for certain sites and appsGoogle
Logger ProUsed in Science Courses; installation password will be provided by science teacher; for detailed instructions, go to this page

IMPORTANT: After installation of version 3.14, you MUST install the update as well.
Windows 10, 8, 7 installer

Mac OS 10.12, 10.22, 10.10 installer

Update to version 3.15
MalwareBytesFree malware scannerDowload page
Microsoft TeamsDesktop app for classes whose teacher uses Teams for all class assignments & activity Mac & Windows installation on this page
TiNspire cacluator softwareRequired for ALL math students:
Software is included in the package with your TiNspire calculator.
VLC PlayerMultimedia player, format convertor and moreVLC download page

Programming Language
(Only for certain Science and CSA courses )
Python Download page

Required Browser Favorites/Bookmarks

Many of the online activities and work students will be doing be web-based, with no software installation required.  Below is a list of the most frequently used tools at PCHS to date.

Click on the link for each site below and add them to your browser Favorites or Bookmarks.  We strongly suggest that you enable your Favorites Bar and add them there for the easiest and quickest access.  (While you are at these sites, why not explore and experiment, and even watch the tutorials?)

For Microsoft Edge Browser:

For Google Chrome Browser:

Site NameHyperlink
(For Spanish Students)
(For use in English classes)
(For Spanish 1, 2 and 3 students)
Providence Catholic Home Page
Virtual Bookstore
(For anyone with e-textbooks)

Wi-Fi Set-up

When you bring your laptop/tablet to school, you will need to do the following tasks.  This cannot be done at home!  Stop by the Tech Office if you need assistance.

1. Connect to CelticNet Wi-Fi network (You need to do this once and your device should remember the network).

2. Login to the Barracuda filter   (Use your network login name – not your email address – and password.  You need to do this every day.)

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