We’re always curious about what students think about the technology available at Penn State, so we figured we’d go straight to the source!
Full Name: Michael McCarren
Major/Minor: IST Integration and Application Option / Security and Risk Analysis
Extra Curricular/Clubs: IST Consulting Group, Students Engaging Students
What technology at Penn State do you use the most?
I use Google Docs for almost every class I have at Penn State. It’s great for working in teams as it allows multiple users to collaborate by working on the same document in real time from different devices.
(Students can also access Box at Penn State, which allows for online storage as well as real time collaboration.)
What’s your favorite technology service you have access to as a student?
Penn State WebApps is an extremely useful service for when a student needs to use an application that they do not have installed on their computer. With a Penn State Access Account, students can use applications like Microsoft Office free of charge through their Internet browser.
What technology resources do you wish you would have known about as a first year student?
In IST there are weekly free tutoring services offered through the IST Peer Tutoring Program. These sessions allow for students to get help from other students who have had success in IST classes previously. It gives students the opportunity to work through problems and further understand concepts from class.
What Penn State technologies do you recommend students take advantage of?
lynda.com is a website available to Penn State students which provides hours of online training videos on various technologies. You can use it to expand your skill set in applications like Excel, PowerPoint, video editing, and more.
Are there any new technologies available to students? If so, what are they? How do they work?
The One Button Studio is a technology resource available at various locations on the Penn State Campus. It allows students to capture video footage in an extremely simple way and can be very useful when creating presentations. All of the video is saved to a flash drive where it can then be easily edited or uploaded.
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