Welcome back from winter break! The start of a new semester brings new classes, coursework, schedules, and—for many students—new gadgets to set up. Whether you splurged on the latest iPhone or received a new laptop for the holidays, there are plenty of resources at Penn State to help you configure and get the most out of your new devices.
Connecting to Wireless
One of the most important steps when setting up your new devices is connecting to Penn State wireless Internet. For information on how to set up a new wireless connection on your laptop or mobile device, visit the wireless service site. To set up or troubleshoot Internet connections in a residence hall, contact Residential Computing (ResCom).
Get Discounted or Free Software Downloads
A new laptop means you might need to reinstall or purchase your favorite software titles. As a Penn State student, you can download software like Microsoft Office 2016 and Symantec Antivirus at no additional cost. You also have access to discounted software from Software at Penn State, including such programs as Adobe Creative Cloud, Wolfram Mathematica, and Matlab.
Lynda.com Tutorials for Mobile Devices
As a Penn Stater, you have access to thousands of high-quality video tutorials from lynda.com just by signing in with your Penn State Access Account. Here are a few courses to help you reap the full benefits of your new mobile devices:
iOS 10: iPhone and iPad Essential Training
Are you new to iOS 10, Apple’s latest operating system? The iOS 10: iPhone and iPad Essential Training course walks you through new features and abilities, including how to use Touch ID, iMessage, and Siri.
iPhone and iPad Photography with iOS 10
Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or just want to up your Instagram game, the iPhone and iPad Photography with iOS 10 course has all the tips and tricks you’ll need to make the most of your mobile device cameras.
Securing Your Mobile Device
Just like laptops, mobile devices can be targets for cybercriminals looking to steal data and personal information. The Securing Your Mobile Device course offers information on boosting your device security and keeping your information secure.
Visit the IT Service Desk for Help
If you need help setting up your new devices or connecting to wireless, the IT Service Desk is always there to help. Service desks offer support for a wide range of technology problems and questions, and it’s easy to get in touch with a staff member:
- Email ITServiceDesk@psu.edu or fill out this online form.
- Call 814-865-4357.
- Visit a service desk in person at one of their convenient campus locations.