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Free workshops: Film making, audio recording, graphic design, photo editing, and more

MDC logoStudents and faculty/staff are invited to participate in hands-on multimedia workshops on Tuesday evenings from Feb. 9 to March 29.  These are offered each semester by the Media Development Center. No enrollment is needed; just stop by 213 Hale Library at the times and dates below.   Continue reading “Free workshops: Film making, audio recording, graphic design, photo editing, and more”

5 free IT resources to start your semester

by Information Technology Services

Welcome, new and returning K-Staters!  Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a variety of resources and services for free. Use these first five to kick-start your semester:Free IT resources

  1. Get a free copy of Microsoft Office for personal use on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 phones.  See the installation instructions for Mac, for Windows, and for mobile devices.
  2. Connect your mobile devices to K-State’s wireless network.
  3. Install free Trend Micro Antivirus software (required for all computers connecting to K-State’s network).
  4. Subscribe to the K-State IT News blog to get the latest IT happenings.  Use “Subscribe by Email” in the right sidebar.
  5. Connect with the IT Help Desk on Twitter and Facebook.

More IT resources for K-Staters are on the Welcome to IT at K-State website. Send questions to the IT Help Desk, helpdesk@k-state.edu, 785-532-7722. You can also search the IT Knowledge Base.

Training available on Scalar, a free, online publishing platform aligned with the Semantic Web

Interested in a new open-source and free, hosted publishing platform with a wide reach?  Scalar has been setting the humanities world on fire with its smartly designed capabilities.

Faculty/staff who are interested in learning how to use this tool should email shalin@k-state.edu to request training.

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Media Development Center fall 2013 schedule starts Aug. 26

The Media Development Center, 213 Hale Library, switches to its extended fall semester schedule on Monday, Aug. 26 (but closed Monday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holiday).  Fall hours are

  • Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday noon-5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1-10 p.m.

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OnLive Desktop: Windows and Microsoft Office on iPads

If you have ever wanted to have the same Windows desktop on all of your devices, the era is near. OnLive is supplying an application where you can access a Windows 7 desktop with Microsoft Office 2010 for free. Currently the OnLive Desktop is only available for iPad, but the company has plans to expand the application to Android, Windows, and Mac operating systems.

What exactly is OnLive Desktop? In short, it is a Windows PC in the cloud. You can access it from anywhere you have Internet access. OnLive gives you access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as 2GB of storage space in the free version. In the future when the application is available for multiple devices, you will be able to access the same desktop from all of your different devices.

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IT solutions: Free-printing FAQs and error messages in university computing labs and InfoCommons

Have you ever wondered if you were the only person on campus with a particular computer problem? Got a quick technology question and don’t know who to contact? You are not alone… Contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722 or e-mail us at helpdesk@k-state.edu.

The semester is in full swing. Lecture notes must be printed for class and assignments have to be turned in today. You’re in a hurry and need to print it now. So much to do, so little time… Computers and printers for the campus community are in the K-State InfoCommons in Hale Library, and university computing labs in Justin Hall, Dickens Hall, Seaton Hall, and the K-State Student Union.

Question: There are no computer terminals available anywhere. What are my options?

IT Help Desk: If you have a wireless laptop, printing is available from anywhere on campus to users connected to the KSU Wireless network. See the Wireless Printing instructions for Macs and for PCs for details on installing and configuring the Pharos software. Continue reading “IT solutions: Free-printing FAQs and error messages in university computing labs and InfoCommons”

Free tool: Dropbox (online storage space)

What it is: An online tool to store all your files such as documents, images, and videos, and access them from a central location.

What it does: After creating your own Dropbox account, this free service allows you to have access to your files at your fingertips and exchange files with other Dropbox users. It is web-based and independent of the computer you are using.

A quick download of the Dropbox application to your computer permits all documents to be uploaded and available in the Dropbox website. Files can be exchanged easily across Macs and PCs.

Note: Internal, confidential, and proprietary data should not be shared with third-party services. See Data Classification Schema in K-State’s Data Classification and Security Policy. Also, the K-State Zimbra Briefcase allows for file storage.

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PowerPoint Slidefest: Tips for designing better presentations

Do you need ideas for improving your PowerPoint presentations? Common pitfalls in creating a good presentation include things such as too many bullet points, not enough images, too much animation, complicated charts and graphs, and more. Check out Microsoft’s PowerPoint Slidefest for tips and tricks on designing better presentations.

Reminder: Social media class starts March 22

“Connecting with Social Media” is a free, online course being offered by the Information Technology Assistance Center. The seven-week course begins Tuesday, March 22, and is designed to introduce K-Staters to the fundamental concepts and uses of various social media tools. The course requires pre-registration.

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