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Featured Tool: Notability


About Notability

Notability was developed for the iPad by Ginger Labs. Notability powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF documents, typing, recording, and organizing of notes. It allows you to freely share through the integration of many other tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Email, Twitter, printing and so much more. You can use this app to capture notes on PDF documents during class, workshops and other get togethers.

Many students here at Winona State will begin using their iPads for taking notes during class. Notability is the perfect app for that. You will find Notability to be easy for its functionality, note organization system, and ability to detect a stylus.

  1. Explore your ideas with words, photographs & sketches
  2. Iterate easily with your team
  3. Create insightful content to express your vision
  4. Learn something new by listening, reading and writing
  5. Synchronize notes with recordings
  6. Travel light and take your projects anywhere
  7. Organize information in a way that suits you

Geek Speak 101: VPN

About this Article

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is used to connect to the WSU network when you are off-campus. Students and Employees can use this software. Only WSU laptops can run this software.

Cisco AnyConnect VPN client

Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, you can connect a WSU laptop to the WSU network from off campus. This software is already installed on all WSU laptops. A VPN connection enables you to access select network resources as if you were on campus connected to our network directly. The data is encrypted to preserve security. This includes:

  • Network storage drives (e.g., personal, class, departmental) Note: See instructions below to Map Network Drives
  • KeyServer applications (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat) These applications will require VPN to run off campus.

Find the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software on Your WSU Laptop

On a PC (Windows 8.1)

  • From the Windows Start Screen
  • Use the Cisco AnyConnect Tile under the Utilities section


  • Choose Connect in the menu below:


  • Use your full WSU email address when prompted to login

On a PC (Windows 7)

Go to your Start Menu, and search for "Cisco" in the search bar. Run Cisco AnyConnect.

On a Mac

  • Go to Applications folder
  • Open the Cisco Folder
  • Select Cisco AnyConnect Client


  • Choose Select on menu


  • Use your full WSU email address when prompted to login

Fig 1. In the start menu, click this icon to go to your Network Drives.

Map Network Drives

If you want to connect to Personal Network or Department Network drives from off-campus, you will need to VPN and Map Network drives to access them.

  • First Use instructions above to VPN

Windows 7 PC or VMware Fusion

  • Windows 7 PC users need to run the shortcut from the start menu Thumb Start Orb.png click, Click_to_map_drives Start.Menu.Win7.jpg
  • Access your network drives by accessing my computer.

Windows 8.1 PC

  • Go to Start Screen and select the Tile Map Network Drive
  • A script window will appear and your drives will be mapped
  • Go to This PC to see the network drives mapped from the start menu (See Fig 1.)
Fig 2. Typical list of network connections on a MacBook


  • In Finder, hold down <CommandKey> then hit the <K> key to bring up "Connect to Server"
  • Mac users connect to one of the network locations listed in the Fig 2.

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  • 12/11/13 - This year we have added many new articles and have received very positive feedback from the WSU community regarding our new and improved Technology Knowledge Base. Thank you everyone for your comments and contributions. Please continue to email any comments or suggestions that you have to us. We appreciate your feedback.
  • 4/12/12 - Welcome to the new and improved Technology Knowledge Base at! After a year of pilot testing the MediaWiki tool, we established a production version of the knowledge base over the semester break and just finished moving all of our content from the testing site to this new, permanent site. We are still cleaning up a few things, but the new knowledge base is now open for business. Please email to let us know what you think.