Student Technology Tools and Resources for Online Learning

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Learning online means you’ll be using technology, a lot! Get ahead of the curve by checking out and utilizing the recommended and available technology software and services for students.

Software, Applications, and Digital Tools for Students

Computer and Wi-Fi Recommendations

  • A newer Windows or Mac computer
  • A reliable internet connection
  • Need a computer, cable, or keyboard? Check out the Campus Computer Store for laptops, tablets, accessories, and more. The Memorial Library also has laptops and equipment available for student checkout, learn more and request a laptop/equipment.

Minimum Software, Operating System, and Application Recommendations

Low or No-Cost Internet and Computer Options

This is not a complete list, please check with any local internet service providers in your area for options. Or, check your current internet provider/cell carrier for specific offers and benefits provided to you under your plan, including Wi-Fi hotspots and other options.

  • The Memorial Library at Minnesota State Mankato offers laptops and other equipment for checkout. University laptop and equipment borrowing
  • Charter Communications offers Spectrum Internet Assist for low-income customers.
  • Comcast is offers Internet Essentials for low-income customers, and new customers receive two months free. Internet Essentials customers also have an option to buy refurbished low-cost computers
  • Comcast offers free Xfinity WiFi hotspots in public places throughout the country for everyone, including non-subscribers, through June 30, 2021. Find an Xfinity hotspot
  • MIDCO Lifeline: Lifeline is a federal program intended to put a home phone and internet service within the reach of qualifying families – giving low-income households affordable home phone or internet access. 
  • Minnesota Office of Broadband Development: Digital Inclusion: If you are a low-income subscriber residing in either a Comcast, CenturyLink, Charter, or Midcontinent area, you may be eligible for reduced pricing of monthly broadband service.
  • Minnesota Computers for Schools: Lifelong Learners Program: Do you need a computer for distance learning but have no way of getting one? Apply to get assistance. You'll need a portion filled out by a Learning Partner/Counselor/Social Worker/Job Coach, etc.
  • PCs for People: Provides low-cost internet and computers to individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements. The internet access is provided with mobile hotspots.

Technology Training, Help, and Support

Tech questions? We have you covered! Here we share useful help and support resources for quick answers to your tech questions. 

  • Support Articles
    Search tons of step-by-step support articles on hundreds of topics on the
    IT Solutions website.
  • LinkedIn Learning 
    • Watch free video courses by experts on thousands of tech and other topics on LinkedIn Learning.
    • Check out our curated playlist of recommended Office 365 videos to learn more about Microsoft applications like Excel, Outlook, Teams, OneNote, OneDrive, and more.
  • IT Solutions Webinars
    Explore previously recorded and upcoming webinars focused on key University tech tools and services.
  • IT Solutions Center
    Get tech assistance from our IT Solutions Center experts on the web, online chat, email, or by phone at 507-389-6654.