Roll up, roll up, and get Microsoft 365 for free!

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Don’t go paying to download and install Microsoft 365 on your personal device. As a Griffith University student you get access to Microsoft 365 for Education for free.

Enrolled Griffith students can download Office 365 for Education directly from Microsoft and install it on up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices, including Android, iPad, and Windows tablets.

Microsoft 365 for Education includes:

Basically, all the Microsoft products you need to succeed in your studies.

So, how do you actually download and install this software? Simple!

Go to the Microsoft Office website, type in your Griffith email address, and click get started. Then follow the prompts to download onto your personal device.

However, the freebies don’t stop here! Once it’s installed, you can access free training to learn how to use the products or improve your existing skills.

There’s also a super handy Student Resources centre where you can access an array of templates to make putting your document together easier, blogs with handy tips and interesting information, and training.


Where can you find free stock images?

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I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect photo. You know what I mean; the image with the right subject matter, colour composition, and orientation which basically just screams ‘I’m the one’.

And I don’t want to pay for it.  Nor do I want to infringe copyright law by pinching a photo from a random website.

But unless you are a talented photographer, graphic designer or illustrator, creating an image from scratch is simply not an option. And even then, you surely wouldn’t have time to create an original image. Every. Single. Time.

So what is one to do? Well, there are websites out there who provide images for re-use under Creative Commons (CC) licences.

A CC licence allows you to use the image for free without infringing copyright. Some have a bunch of conditions attached. For example, you can’t adapt or change the work or use it for commercial purposes.

Some have no conditions at all, like Pixabay. I’ve been using Pixabay for years and years. If you haven’t used Pixabay, and have a website, blog, any social media at all, or are generally existing in this century, you need to get onto it. Now.

Pixabay images have a Creative Commons CC0 license. Basically, this means you can adapt and use them for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source.

But in the hunt for the perfect image, I need more options. Surely ol’ Pixabay isn’t the only one of its kind. What other sites provide quality images for free, don’t require attribution, and have images that don’t look too ‘stocky’? I mean, I want to keep it ‘real’ people.

So I asked the Internet a simple question: Are there other free image sites that could give Pixabay a run for its money? And the Internet answered (well, Google did). And yes, yes there are.  Here’s what I found (trust me, you’ll want to bookmark these):

Can’t find the image you need? If you don’t mind attributing the source of the work, there’s a bucket load of Creative Commons images out there.

Head to CC Search to find almost all the images on the Internet with a CC licence (be sure to read the little disclaimer on the CC Search page).


Want some free stuff?

The Griffith University Welfare website has a pretty cool new addition – free stuff!

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As we begin a new year, many of us are starting to move out and move in to new places, and the best way to deck out your new pad is to reuse and recycle what others have loved.  Log into the new page and start swapping some stuff around with other students – you might just score the weird 1970s era sauce bottle that will go eclectically well with the retro 2010 place mats.

As a Griffith student you can log in and use this site to list your own pre-loved items and to source some new pieces for the newly vacated spaces!

From the Welfare page, choose the first tab from the list on the right: FreeStuff@Griffith!  If you can’t find what you want or need on FreeStuff@Griffith – check out ozrecycle.com or au.ziilch.com.

Don’t forget we also have a separate page for the Textbook Exchange Service.


Resume Rescue to the Library

Does your resume need a bit of resuscitating, refreshing or reviving?

Resume Rescue booths are coming to the Gold Coast Library!job-search-276893_1920

During March Griffith’s Careers and Employment Service will be offering free drop-in sessions with a trained Career Leader (second year and beyond students) at our Gold Coast campus. And they start today!

On Tuesday 1st, 15th and 22nd of March between 10am – 1pm you can visit the Library for some resume
resuscitation.

All you need to do is bring your resume (preferably on paper) along so the Career Leader can use their checklist to check your resume. They will also provide feedback and suggestions so your resume looks its very best to any potential employer.

You can also find out where to find Resume resources on the Griffith University Careers Service website.

These leaders will be wearing their badges or bright red Career Leader t-shirts. The booth will have 2 x bright red Resume Rescue banners – so you can’t miss them.

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For more information about Griffith’s Employment and Careers Office, visit griffith.edu.au/careers.


Microsoft Office 365 is free for Griffith students and staff

Image_GetOfficeFree_Student_430x159Office 365 Education is available for free to Griffith University students and staff. Install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets.

Check your eligibility and download today direct from Microsoft.

For more discounts visit the Student Computing website.


Why Google apps are the APPsolute best

iphone-410311_1280Wondering how you can develop organisational skills that would put Monica from Friends to shame?

Developing organisational prowess is key to university success. Which is why it’s time to say goodbye to sticky note to-do lists and hello to your most organised uni semester yet! But how? With Google, of course.

Google offers a range of apps that make organising your timetable, group assignments, emails, contacts, appointments and documents a piece of delicious easy-to-use cake.

 

Apps include:

  • Gmail – your fabulous Griffith email account with crazy storage capabilities
  • Drive and Docs – create, store and share your important documents in Google Drive – anywhere, anytime (plus share and simultaneously work on the same Google document with other students)
  • Contacts – access Griffith specific information and add, edit, star or share contacts easily
  • Calendar – organise your study schedule with the calendar and you’ll be a time-management ninja in no time
  • Sites – Work with others to build sites with information that’s easily accessible to the people who need it – and don’t worry, you decide just who those ‘people’ are.

You’ll also be Appy to hear that as a Griffith student you automatically receive a Google account that lasts a lifetime.

Hungry for more information? Head over to the Google Apps support page. Or search the Google Play Store to download the whole set and let the organisation bliss begin.

 

 


Discover your student discounts

Back to school bargains are a year-round bonus for enrolled Griffith students.

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Whether you’re a returning student or just getting ready to join us next month, you’ve probably realised student budgeting isn’t easy even if you only eat Mie goreng noodles.

But we’ve got a silver lining that could help save a few pennies! As a Griffith student you have access to some pretty brilliant computing and software savings. So, prepare for your wallet to get a little healthier…

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Student software discounts are available for a range of software applications. The full list is available online.

Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who are enrolled at Griffith University. Install Office on up to five PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets. You don’t need a Product Key, just check your eligibility and download it directly from Microsoft.

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The Symantec Norton offer for Griffith University includes 50% off selected Norton products, Norton 360, Norton Internet Security and Norton Internet Security for Mac. Register with your Griffith email address to receive this discount.

It’s Griffith in the palm of your hand! Campus maps, timetables, events, course materials, library, news, bus timetables and more. Available on any smartphone including Apple iOS and Android devices. All other devices can access the app via the mobile web site.

Computing discounts

If you are interested in purchasing laptops or other computer equipment for study then our friends over at Dell, HP and Apple provide student discounts for Griffith University students. Visit your fav computing brand’s student website and shop until your heart’s content – Dell Student Deals, Apple Education Store, or HP Griffith Store.

  • Still saving up for a new shiny laptop?

Griffith also provides a range of computers for student use. These include:

  • Common-usecomputer labs: these are available for all students to use. Some labs are available 24/7; view the availability on your campus now. Common-use computers are also available in the library.
  • Schoolbased computers: some areas of study have specialist computing needs and the relevant school provides access for this. These may be PC or Mac labs. For further information about access to these facilities, contact your school.
  • Laptops are available to borrow from the library for free.

For more great deals or information, visit Griffith’s Student Computing.