NMU Tech Students Help with New Technology

MARQUETTE — With new technology being developed every day, it can be hard to keep up, even if you’re not a Luddite. But, there is a group that’s trying to make it a little easier to use your gadgets.

Northern Michigan University’s Information Technology students have started up a weekly tech help drop in. People looking for help with their laptops, tablets, e–readers, smart phones or other new technology can come to the Peter White Public Library to get some trouble shooting advice.

“I’ve seen it in the past a lot of professors struggle with new technology and I kind of understand what it’s like too, both of my parents have difficulty with it and I just wanted to help out with it,” said Rachel Schmidt, a senior Information Technology student.

The information technology department originally started the drop in sessions in order to take a closer look at what difficulties senior citizens have with technology, but turn out was high, so the group decided to keep the sessions going.

“Oh I think it’s great. I can’t believe they’re going to volunteer their time to do that. It’s really helpful and to somebody who’s a technology dinosaur, it really helps!” said Patti Defaw, a Marquette resident who came in to learn more about her new smart phone.

The drop in sessions are located in the Shiras room upstairs in the Peter White Public Library and run from 3-5 p.m. on Fridays.