5. Github Student Pack

This Github Student Pack recently gained some fame because of its most recent addition, Unity pro for students. The pack comes with dozens of software valued at well over $100, but where it falls short is the verification process, students will have to wait anywhere from an hour to a month to be verified.

That just means you should do it ASAP. Prior to getting the pack, make sure your Github account has at least one .edu email, so Github knows you are a student. 

Start here

After you fill out the required material, start waiting. I received this a month after signing up.

4. Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe is the leading software company for design and digital creativity. Adobe frequently offers discounts to students, but the reality is, as Florida Poly students, we are also given full access for no charge through the technology fee. All Adobe software from Dream Weaver to Photoshop can be downloaded and used anywhere. Normally this would run a student $60 or more a year.

Getting access to Adobe is easy, just click this link 

once you are on Adobe’s site sign up using your Florida Poly email

 you will automatically be redirected to the Florida Poly portal.

3. Grammarly Premium

Grammarly got me through high school. I am what most call illiterate. This article only seems like English due to the hard work of their AI aided software. The university provides access to Premium for all students, and I highly recommend it. Especially if, like me, most preschoolers can out-spell you. Their premium access typically runs for about $11 a month if you buy a full year. 

To start using Grammarly premium, click this link.

You should see this screen

Click join your Organization

Now sign up using your student account,

 you should receive an email, and you must accept it from there.

2. Horizon VM Network

Virtual machine technology has seen significant innovations in the software world, allowing for some incredible technology, but what if I told you we had a great example of this here at Florida Poly. This online system allows remote access to countless free and paid software on any device; they even have a mobile app. The security system to access all this is a little annoying as you have to be “Poly secure,” but the countless examples of free software are worth it. 

Horizon has a link here

This platform has a lot of great things, but it can be hard to get working. I recommend going to the help desk directly, but being on Poly Secure is a good start.

1. Linkedin Learning (the school no longer offers this)

Linkin would know what skills and knowledge get people hired, so when I heard they had an online course platform, I had to check it out. Professional instructors on topics ranging from software to resume creation., the best part? It is free for Poly students of Poly. Usually $30 a month.

To access LinkedIn Learning, you will need a Linkedin account. I recommend using your personal email; you can still gain access to Florida Poly as an organization.

Use this link and fill out your Linkedin information involving Poly and you should be invited to access to Linkedin Learning.

Make a LinkedIn account and connect with the University 

Click Learning on LinkedIn

If you have more questions about these resources, The IT help desk will take any questions. They are experts on the Horizon platform and Adobe access and can help with any other questions.

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David Kozdra

David Kozdra is a computer science student at Florida Polytechnic University. He is the Treasurer of the Media Club, Head of Outreach of the Baked Bean Bois improv group, and the Cohost of the Poly Pod podcast.

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