Technology KnowledgeBase

Personal Technology Purchases

When you purchase personal technology with any intent to use it at your work, please be aware of the limitations in using personal technology purchases such as printers, cameras, scanners, and handheld devices (such as the iPhone and iPad) with your district computer.

The district does not provide any support for connecting personal devices beyond the content in these KnowledgeBase articles!

NOTE: Purchases made using a "Technology Stipend" are still personal purchases and are subject to these same restrictions.

For Printers
Your district computer supports hundreds of printer models. However, that support probably does not include models released in the last few months. If you see a message that the operating system is going to go "look" for the driver online when you try to add a printer, the driver is not installed on the computer. If you purchase a printer model that needs a driver installed, you may place a non-standard software install request, which currently has a wait time of six months or more.

For Handheld Devices
Handheld devices often offer the option to synch with your computer via a USB cable. These devices have very specific needs for software on the computer, though, and newer devices, or any that have been recently updated, are likely to have problems connecting to district computers. All of these devices can connect to district email and calendar using a wireless network connection (see KB article 406).

For iOS devices (iPhone, iTouch, iPad):
If you get a warning that your computer needs a new version of iTunes to connect with your device, you can still transfer photos/movies by opening iPhoto and synching the phone as a camera device (it should offer that automatically). For transferring any type of files, there is an inexpensive utility called "iFiles" that makes it easy to transer any files to and from your device, as well as viewing many file types.

For Android devices (version 2.3 or later):
Android devices should work with a USB connection if you set it to "USB Device" role (like an external hard disk). They should also be able to make a wireless connection using Bluetooth, which you can enable on your computer (but you will have to figure that out on your own). There are also many free utilities that will allow sharing over a wireless network connection.

For Windows Mobile:
There is no support for Windows Mobile versions 5 through 7. It is unknown whether they can connect via USB or Bluetooth. Windows Mobile 8 should provide support for both, but Technology does not have any devices for testing this.

For Blackberry, PalmOS, WebOS and other handheld devices:
These devices are not supported in any way. Blackberry has known limitations even using email or calendar over a wireless network.

For Scanners
We do not support the use of personal scanners on district computers.

For Cameras
We do not support any installation of custom software or drivers for use with personal cameras on district computers. For most cameras, though, you can purchase a USB card reader that will read the camera's memory card and make it look like a hard disk to the computer, from which you can easily copy photos and/or movies. The majority of USB devices work with Macintosh computers without any need for custom drivers, especially if they mention Mac OS X support on the package. If you are in doubt, SanDisk and Lexar are always compatible.

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