Adobe products for Students, Faculty and Staff

Adobe LogoAs a participating member of  Adobe’s CLP (College License Program), this year CIS has contracted with Adobe  and Computerland of Silicon Valley to offer a special program for our faculty, staff and students. This program allows students, faculty and staff to purchase fully-licensed popular Adobe products at a highly discounted price.  This option is made available to currently enrolled students and employees of Harvey Mudd College (valid proof of enrollment/employment is required).   Licenses purchased under this agreement are perpetual licenses and are not tied to your continued status as an employee or student.

To view products and pricing, please visit http://www.uscollegebuy.com and click on the ADOBE STUDENT & TEACHER LICENSING  box  (located in the upper left-hand corner). To find out more details about this program, check out their How to Order/FAQ section.

Wireless VOIP Phones

In our efforts to continuously improve customer service and become more client-centered, we have been exploring the world of wireless VOIP phones to replace  desktop phones for our staff  who tend to need more mobility. We believe this will improve communication for our staff members who spend some of their time in the field. We explored several options before deciding on the CISCO 7925G Wireless VOIP phone. We based our decision on several factors, including cost, size, weight and functionality. This phone was  recommended by both the CUC Telephone Office and Scripps IT, who have already begun using them.

The areas we felt would most benefit from a wireless phone device are: User Support, Audio Visual/Media Services, and Printer Support Services. All phone numbers will remain the same, and the phones will work anywhere on campus where there is wireless access. We hope to have the phones installed by June 30th.

If you’d like to learn more about the phones visit this url:   http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9900/index.html or you can contact the help-desk to arrange for a demo.

Introducing Apple’s latest invention: The iPad

Apple has finally released the “much talked-about” iPad starting at an amazing price of only $499.  There are more than a thousand apps designed specifically for the iPad, including iWork productivity apps such as Keynote, Pages and Numbers. Or you can browse thousands of new books at the iBookstore by downloading the free iBooks application from apple.com. For a sneak peak, visit: http://www.apple.com/ipad/gallery/#ad

There have been mixed reviews, but the verdict according to USA Today is: “It’s a Winner”. Walt Mossberg in his detailed review of iPad (ptech.allthingsd.com) writes: “After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. Others rave they are instantly smitten with iPad.

Consumers were able to pre-order the iPad as early as March 12, 2010 for delivery on or after April 3, 2010. If you were one of those lucky ones who pre-ordered, you may perhaps be enjoying your iPad already. For those of you who didn’t, you may find yourself (like us) on the waiting list as Apple allocates their shipments in order to meet the overwhelming demand for this spectacular new product.

In CIS, we are constantly striving to find new innovative ways to support teaching, learning and technology. Calvin Tong, Director of User Support, in conjunction with Elizabeth Hodas, Director of Educational Technology and Media Services, plan to have four iPads available as part of our faculty/staff loaner program. Check back for updates on when these will be available for check-out. It is our hope this article will solicit comments, suggested uses and feedback on this exciting new piece of technology.

In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more, take a look at the iPad video at: http://www.apple.com/ipad/.