Computer Diagnostics to iPad® Demonstrations: Students Lead the Way

Posted by on August 30, 2013

The Richfield IT Association (RITA), composed of Minnesota School of Business (MSB) IT program students, and their game and application development counterparts, recently hosted IT Week. This was the second time in as many quarters that the students took on the challenge of creating and hosting seminars, workshops, and their version of a computer Fix-It Clinic, called CTRL-Z.

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MSB’s introduction of Educational User Experience  and iPad® tablets for all students and staff alike has organically created another area for RITA students to assist. Two of the IT Week seminars, led by students, were “iPad Student Basics” and “Cool and Useful iPad Apps.” The seminars offered both students and staff a chance to learn about their new tools as well as a forum to ask questions.

One of the apps that was mentioned was PCalc, a scientific calculator app which eliminates the need for a costly physical calculator that, like with all other technology, becomes dated.

“I had a calculator that was 5 or 6 years old, and it didn’t align with the textbook. This would have alleviated that problem,” said instructor Robert Collins.

Other cool apps that were discussed:

  • Talkatone: Unlimited FREE calls and texts to anyone in the world over WiFi or 3G/4G without using any cell minutes
  • Apps Gone Free: Expert-picked, top-ranked apps for free. Updated daily.
  • App Price Drops: Since app prices are constantly in flux, this allows you to track prices of popular apps .
  • Splashtop: Remote log in to your personal computer including access to your streaming videos, movies, and music.

CTRL-Z has continued to grow over time as more students, staff, and faculty become aware of the amazing free services offered to them. With every passing quarter, the demand rises, as does the difficulty level of the problems addressed.

“After almost two years of virus removal and education, our students and the staff have figured out how to groom their own equipment. Now we get deeply embedded and pernicious stuff: malware that will prevent you from using your machine and cause serious damage to user files,” said Richard Grieman, IT program chair. “We’re doing a lot more complete system restores and deep scan file recovery than anything else. I long for the days for of simple spyware removal.”


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