Internet Access Required: To access all essential services, you will need a device with high-speed Internet access. Devices with cellular data service may have mixed results. More about Internet Access
Devices running Windows 10, MacOS, iOS and iPadOS are compatible with all ESU essential systems listed below:
Office 365 (Office apps)
Google Drive (file storage)
Microsoft OneDrive (file storage)
iPad / iPhone
Any iPad that supports iPadOS (iOS 13, Fall 2019 updates)
External keyboard recommended
While you can accomplish most tasks on devices running ChromeOS, the following services are not supported on all Chromebooks.
You should be notified by your instructor if there is specialized software specific to a course, including those already part of SkyLab. For more information on this topic, see Computer Labs + Specialized Software.
Most software and services require high-speed Internet access. If you don't have Internet access, check with local ISP's (Internet Service Providers) for any promotions or deals that they may be offering. Avoid any long-term contracts, but most have short-term or month-to-month options that could be a great convenience until we return to face-to-face learning.
Here are a few possible options to review:
Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
Another option is to check out your local library. They may have free Internet access or publicly-accessible computer for use or checkout. Just remember to follow CDC Guidance on keeping yourself safe, especially in public spaces.
other equipment resources + checkout
Students should check with faculty members on the availability of any emergency resources or equipment. IT will work with faculty to assist with emergency resources in any way possible. See our page on equipment checkout for more details.