With the end of the semester coming up and finals getting closer that also means other deadlines are getting closer, including group projects.
It can be hard to get an entire group of people to agree on a time and place to meet to finish a project, it can be even harder if you don’t have a convenient lace to meet. A house or dorm room have plenty of distractions and it can be difficult hard for everyone to sit around one computer screen , however there are many places on campus that are perfect for group projects – such as Collaboratories.
The Collaboratories are located in the Andersen General Access Computer Lab . They are private rooms that can fit 3-6 people and include a desktop computer, a projector and a Smartboard.
With Collaboratories, there are no distractions and everyone can see the screen!.
Going on a spring break trip to an exciting tropical destination? All college students love to have a break from school and go on a fun trip with their friends. One of the main items on spring break is your phone! How else are you going to Tweet, Instagram, Share and Snap how much fun you’re having to all the friends that couldn’t go? It’s all fun and games until the unthinkable happens: Your phone/device gets hacked or stolen. Use these tips to keep your devices and information secure over Spring Break:
Tip #1: Put a password on your phone
It may be a slight inconvenience to have to type in a password or pass code every time you want to check your phone. However if you don’t have one anyone could pick up your phone and open it to look through your contacts, Apple/Google Wallet information, or e-mails. Which brings us to
Tip #2: Be physically aware of your device
Most of us have our phones on us at all times, but during Spring Break it might get put down more often to go to the pool/ocean, go on fun excursions… and there is just more unfamiliar places to put it down and forget where you left it. Even if it is in your pocket, in an area with lots of people there’s a chance it could fall out or someone could slip it out of your pocket without you noticing. If you know you’re going to be doing some of these things either keep it in a secure place like your hotel room. Don’t leave it out in the open unattended and check that it’s in your pockets every couple of minutes if you need to!
Tip #3: Log out of websites with personal information
Lets say you don’t have a password protected device and someone gets a hold of your phone. If you are automatically logged into all of your social media accounts or any website with private and important information the hacker will use that to their advantage. Before you head to the beach make sure you aren’t logged into shopping sites, bank accounts, PayPal, or anything with information that can be used to steal your identity.
Tip #4: Don’t give away private information over text/email
Your text and email are generally connected to your phone apps with no password required to check them. So if you’ve recently sent a important contact information, someone with your phone can see it fairly easily. Make sure your family and friends also know that if you need important information like a PIN or card number you will CALL them to get it. If someone takes your wallet/phone and texts Mom or Dad that you need a social security number they’ll have all the information to wipe your bank account clean.
On Spring Break people just want to have fun and not worry, so take a couple extra steps to make sure it stays that way!
UW-Whitewater has a media lab where students can check out audio and visual equipment. Just like checking out a laptop or a book at the library, you can find everything from professional-grade cameras to lighting kits. Here are my three favorite items that you might not know you have access to. (BTW – The Media Lab is located in Anderson L1008C)
Intuos 5: Bring your doodles to life with this state-of-the-art drawing tablet. Quickly and smoothly edit and create digital artwork using this pen of endless possibilities. The Intuos is the most comfortable drawing device on the market, and allows you to draw without interruption. If you can draw a stick figure you can have a lot of fun with this item.
This professional camcorder is an ultra-compact video camera can record video for days, no exaggeration, without running out of memory. This camcorder does it all. Shoot HD, infrared, and lowlight footage with ease. Go the extra mile foryournext recording assignment and make it look professional quality.
Canon Rebel T5i: Take your selfie game to the next level. Just kidding. This camera is a huge upgrade from your smartphone. The clearer resolution difference could mean extra points on an assignmentor a cleaner image that you can show off to friends and family. This piece of equipment is the difference between an amateur and a professional…at least in terms of equipment.
Reservations: To make a reservation for any audio or visual equipment, set up your rental 24 hours in advance. Just set the dates and times of when intended use will be, add the specific item you’ll need, and confirm. Failure to return equipment on time will result in late fees. Equipment that is returned damaged or missing parts will result in additional fees.
We all have that one friend. The one with a decent laptop but is always complaining about “viruses” or “weird pop ups” on their computer. However when you ask them if they have an anti-virus software on their computer they says “no that takes too long to install” or “I don’t want to buy it”… Yet with that software on a computer there would be no viruses or weird pop ups! Crazy right?
Well here is a great solution to both of those complaints: UW-Whitewater offers FREE Symantec Endpoint Protection to ALL students! FREE antivirus software? Really? Yes! Just visit ICIT’s webpage to download it here: http://bit.ly/1QFWHpu and enjoy a safer laptop! So tell all your friends and hopefully they’ll stop complaining about viruses without doing anything to fix it.
Symantec Endpoint Protection includes antivirus and anti-spyware protection, as well as firewall, intrusion prevention and other security features.
Change the way you collaborate! WebEx is an online conferencing application that students on campus can take advantage of. It allows anyone with an internet connection to work together on a specific task or project.
Share your desktop, PowerPoint presentations, images, videos, and other content.
Stream your voice live, and share your webcam video
Collaborate using chat and whiteboards
Record your sessions, and share those recordings in Blackboard, in MediaSpace, via email, or on the public web.
So what right? If you’ve ever had a group project, you know the struggle. Not only does the group have to be on the same page for due dates and deadlines, but schedules have to match up, undesirable times are chosen to meet, and precious time is wasted picking up where the group left off.
There is a way to avoid these conflicts. With WebEx, you can host or join a meeting, record what was said, and see your project partners all from the comfort of your own home device.
‘Tis the Season 4U to get a break from school, spend time with family, eat some delicious food and of course, exchange gifts! Having a hard time finding something for a friend or family member would like? Want to get a present for yourself? Check out ICIT’s 4U Program that gives UW-Whitewater students and employees’ great savings! These products will have everyone smiling big throughout the year!
iPad mini 4
Thinner & lighter there is more to mini than meets the eye with this iPad! With two amazing cameras and a powerful core it can handle anything you need it for, like playing games and reading books on those long holiday road trips!
Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
Laptops from Dell come with Windows 10, lots of storage and even the capability to act as a tablet! There are also all the latest Macs from Apple! You can watch Netflix as you write papers, use your touch screen to play games, and use it to watch movies under the tree or a fort you build with your family!
Adobe Creative Cloud
The perfect software to help the creative person in your family or friend group hone their art skills. With the power to create anything they can imagine; from movies, posters, apps, websites and more! Maybe they’ll make family T-shirts, help turn your family pictures into a video, or create their very own website!
Need some Stocking-stuffers?
A Wipebook is an erasable, reusable whiteboard notebook for capturing all your ideas over & over again! Perfect for those that don’t like carrying around multiple notebooks and the perfect tool to play charades with your cousins!
Want something more for that iPad mini or your new iPhone 6s? Apple has a ton of accessories from smart keyboards, iPhone and iPad cases, the new Apple Pencil and an iPhone Lightning Dock that you can use to charge your iPhone 6s upright on a desk or counter! Use it to play music while you’re cooking the big family dinner, or to have a clear speakerphone call with your Grandma in Florida!
Head over to ICIT’s 4U Program and tell us what you found for your perfect gift!
It’s that time of year again at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater for the Technology Surplus Sale! Come and take a look at all the hardware you can purchase this week! From keyboards to projectors to complete systems you’ll find something worth your while!
Like what you see? Come to Anderson 1213 on
Thursday, November 19, 2015: Noon – 4 PM
Friday, November 20, 2015: 9 AM – 1 PM
To purchase all this and more! Remember: First Come First Serve (with cash or personal check only!)
It’s that time of year again… for the ICIT Technology Surplus Sale! It’s the perfect place to get great discounts on equipment. Stop by and see if we have what you’re looking for! Please remember it is cash or check only; No credit cards.