Student Technology Checklist

First-Year

First-Year Techlist

Before you arrive on campus, work through this technology checklist as a guide to campus computing and online resources.

✓ Reset initial password for official Macalester College account
✓ Activate Google Apps account
✓ Read email 
✓ Register laptop, tablet, smartphone, and gaming consoles for network use
✓ Review minimum recommended computer specifications
✓ Start serial number tracking sheet
✓ Where to get help on move-in day
✓ Review Technology Policies and Guidelines

✓ Find out about Wi-Fi password for student wi-fi network
✓ Request a campus phone for res hall room (optional)
✓ Review the Current Student Techlist  
✓ Review list of tech items to bring
✓ Review list of tech items NOT to bring

Reset initial password for official Macalester College account 

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password.macalester.edu | password rules | forgot username or password?

A status update email is sent to your personal email address with instructions on how to retrieve your official Macalester account details. Change your password immediately. 

Activate Google Apps account

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mail.macalester.edulist of accounts and services

Activate your Google Apps Account by Accepting Google Terms of Service. Once activated, you can start using Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and other Google Apps for Education products. Use your Macalester username and password to log in. Your signin and email address is: <username>@macalester.edu.

READ EMAIL

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 mail.macalester.edu

Check your email often! Faculty, Registrar, Dean of Students, and ITS are just a few of the departments on campus that send vital information to your inbox. 

Register laptop, tablet, smartphone, and gaming consoles for network use

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register device | secure device | wireless and wired network   

All computers, smartphones, tablets, iPads, and game consoles must be registered before connecting to the wireless and wired network. With the no-ethernet laptop trend, ITS has expanded and upgraded the Macalester-student wireless service, especially in the residence halls. Most rooms are also equipped with an ethernet jack. Ethernet cables are available at no cost to students from the ITS Help Desk. 

Review minimum recommended computer specifications

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minimum recommended computer specifications  |  public & departmental computer labs   

You may choose to bring your own Windows or Macintosh computer. Feel free to take advantage of the public and departmental computer labs located on campus. Printers are available at most computer labs. During the academic terms, some computer labs are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. 

Start serial number tracking sheet

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serial number tracker template

Get it logged. Get it back. Should your laptop or tablet be lost or stolen would you be able to quickly come up with its serial number? Now you can. Keep track of your stuff by recording the serial number and description in a Google Spreadsheet.

Review Technology Policies and Guidelines

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Information Technology Responsible Use  |  Filesharing  |  Digital Copyright Violations

Find out what it means to be a responsible user of technology services. Locate legal resources for online movies, television shows, and music. When students violate copyright laws, owners take action. Find out why what you don't know may hurt you.

Find out where to get help on move-in day

""The ITS Help Desk has extended hours and drop-in sessions located in the Library during Orientation. Get plenty of help getting your computer scanned and registered before classes begin.

Find out about Wi-Fi password for student wi-fi network

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The wi-fi password will be made available to first-year students upon arrival to campus.

Request a campus phone for res hall room (optional)

r""equest phone for res hall room |  set up voice mail account  |  online directory 

Use a campus phone to dial 911 or any campus or local phone number. There are 11 things students should know about on-campus phone service for your room. There is no charge for this service, but you do need to request it.

Review the Techlist for current students

""current student techlist

Check out the list of technology to-dos after you arrive on campus, from downloading software to how to print on campus.


REVIEW LIST OF TECH ITEMS TO BRING

  • ""System software CDs/DVDs that came with your computer.
  • Software installation CDs/DVD in case you might need to reinstall programs like Microsoft Office or games. 
  • Got a laptop? Then bring a laptop security cable to secure your laptop when it is unattended. 
  • Got a Wii? Then bring its LAN Adapter because our wireless network does not support 802.11b wireless.
  • USB Flash drive to transfer files
  • External hard drive to back up files

REVIEW LIST OF TECH ITEMS NOT TO BRING

  • ""Wireless printer
  • Wireless router
  • Other networking devices. ITS will block devices that cause problems for others. 
  • Ethernet cable, students may pick up an ethernet cable at no charge from the ITS Help Desk in Neill Hall 314.

Current Student

Current Student Techlist

Welcome to campus! It's never too early or late to find out all you can about technology. Use this checklist as a guide to campus computing and online resources.

 Know how to contact ITS for technology help
 Register laptop, tablet, smartphone, and gaming consoles for network use
 Remember wireless key to access macalester-student wi-fi
 Read email
 Request phone for res hall room (optional)
✓ Locate the nearest public computer lab
✓ Download software for class
✓ Sign up for Mac Alert
✓ Find out how sharing music and movies could get internet connection turned off 
✓ Check out the first-year and graduate techlists

KNOW HOW TO CONTACT ITS FOR TECHNOLOGY HELP

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macalester.edu/its | search tech FAQ | helpdesk@macalester.edu | 651-696-6525

Search for answers, call, chat or email to the ITS Help Desk for assistance. Visit the Library front desk or the ITS Help Desk in 316 Neill Hall for technology help.

REGISTER LAPTOP, TABLET, SMARTPHONE, AND GAMING CONSOLES FOR NETWORK USE

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register device | secure device | wireless and wired network   

All computers, smartphones, tablets, iPads, and game consoles must be registered before connecting to the wireless and wired network. With the no-ethernet laptop trend, ITS has expanded and upgraded the Macalester-student wireless service, especially in the residence halls. Most rooms are also equipped with an ethernet jack. Ethernet cables are available at no cost to students from the ITS Help Desk. 

REMEMBER WIRELESS KEY TO ACCESS MACALESTER-STUDENT WI-FI

""Use the wireless key (password) to connect to Macalester-student

READ EMAIL

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 mail.macalester.edu

Check your email often! Faculty, Registrar, Dean of Students, and ITS are just a few of the departments on campus that send vital information to your inbox. 

REQUEST PHONE FOR RES HALL ROOM (OPTIONAL)

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res hall phone request form | set up voice mail account | online directory | dialing instructions

Use a public campus phone to dial 911 and any campus or local phone number. There are 11 things students should know about on-campus phone service for your room. There is no charge for this service. If you want a phone and voice mail, all you have to do is ask!

LOCATE THE NEAREST PUBLIC COMPUTER LAB

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public computer labs | humanities resource center | department labs | labstats

Use a computer (Windows or Mac OS) at one of the public labs to check your email, write a paper, practice a foreign language, or edit a movie. Some are open 24 hours. Printing is also available.

DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE FOR CLASS

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software download |  purchase software at a discount

Required software for a class is available for students to download at no cost. Purchase software, like Microsoft Office, at a discount from the Highlander – The Shop at Macalester's online vendor. Public and departmental computer labs are equipped with the software you need for course work.

SIGN UP FOR MAC ALERT

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mac alert signup

Register your mobile-phone number or email address with the college's Emergency Notification System, Mac Alert, and receive critical campus safety information. Check with your service provider for text messaging rates. Accidentally call 911 from a campus phone? Please stay on the line and tell the operator you misdialed. It is the policy of 911 to follow up on all calls, unless confirmed otherwise.

FIND OUT HOW SHARING MUSIC AND MOVIES COULD GET INTERNET CONNECTION TURNED OFF

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Information Technology Responsible Use  |  Filesharing  |  Digital Copyright Violations

Find out what it means to be a responsible user of technology services. Locate legal resources for online movies, television shows, and music. When students violate copyright laws, owners take action.

CHECK OUT THE FIRST-YEAR AND GRADUATE TECHLISTS

""first-year techlist | graduate techlist

Check out the list of technology to-dos before you arrive on campus and just as you are about to graduate.