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Student FAQ

Short-Term Computer Loan

If you are an enrolled GSE student taking a class that meets in the Fourth Avenue Building, and need to borrow a laptop for use during a class session, you can do so through the Technology Center. We mostly offer Windows computers for student loan, but Macs are occasionally available. Student computer loans are first-come, first-serve. Laptops on same-day loan must be returned by the time the Technology Center closes for the day. Overnight and/or off-site loan is not available for students.

iPad Loans

Students enrolled in most initial licensure programs are eligible to check out an iPad mini for either short-term or year-long loan. This process is coordinated by Technology Services in partnership with individual cohort leaders. We have fewer iPads than we have enrolled students, so priority for year-long loans is given to those who have limited access to other devices. Students are encouraged to consider a short-term, 2-month loan if their sole need for an iPad is to complete EdTPA requirements.

Steps to a Successful Student iPad Check-Out:

  1. To begin the iPad check-out process for a loan of any duration, students should complete the iPad loan request form.
  2. Once the form has been submitted, students should visit the Tech Center iPad Check-Out Calendar to select a specific date and time for pick-up.
  3. Students should come to the Technology Center (FAB 270) for their pick-up appointment. They should arrive prepared to log into their e-mail, and with their student ID in hand.
  4. The iPad check-out process does take a few minutes; we encourage students to budget time for the visit, rather than make an appointment for a time when they will be in a rush.

Tk20 Access

Students enrolled in the majority of GSE academic programs are assessed a one-time $102 Tk20 Assessment Fee as part of their tuition and fees. This one-time fee allows the GSE to create a lifetime account for you in Tk20, our data management system. Your professors will use Tk20 to collect certain assignments, your supervisors will use it to record field experience data, and your advisor may use it to check your academic progress. Once your account has been created, you can log in any time using your Odin and password at Should you have questions about account access, completing assignments, or other tasks related to your Tk20 account, please e-mail Technology Services at, or drop by the Technology Center and ask for help. We can often resolve your Tk20 issues more quickly in person!

If at any time while at the GSE you change your name or your Odin, please be sure to get in touch, so that we can update your Tk20 account to reflect that change.

EdTPA Support

If you are preparing to embark upon the journey that is the EdTPA portfolio process, please visit and familiarize yourself with the EdTPA for Candidates web site, as well as the accompanying D2L course, EdTPA Video Training. Should you have general questions about EdTPA, please discuss them with your professors or your cohort leader. They will refer you to the School's EdTPA Coordinator as needed.

At the GSE, Tk20 is used to collect and submit all of your EdTPA portfolio materials. Should you have any technical questions about that part of the process, or about the video components of your portfolio, Technology Services staff are ready to help. We offer dedicated EdTPA small group support during Winter and Spring terms, and encourage you to make use of the Technology Center lab as you are preparing your video files or uploading portfolio content to Tk20.

A/V Equipment Checkout

To further support students completing the EdTPA portfolio or other special projects, the Technology Center offers a variety of audio-visual equipment for short-term loan. Items regularly available to students include video cameras, tripods, voice recorders, and microphones. Other types of equipment may be available by request--do not hesitate to ask. Audio-visual equipment can be checked out for a maximum of two weeks.

3D Printer

You may have noticed that there is a 3D printer in our lab! While it was purchased to support the work of one specific academic program, we are currently working on a plan to allow other GSE students to use this printer for small projects. Please visit the 3D Printer site for more information.

Odin Accounts

Your Odin account and password work for logging in on Windows and Mac workstations in PSU computer labs and classrooms, signing in to your email (Gmail) and G Suite apps, connecting to Banweb, D2L, and PSU Secure wireless, and more.

Acceptable Use Policy

PSU's Acceptable Use Policy governs all of your uses of campus computer [information] or networking systems, including GSE computers and iPads. Please review and be mindful of this policy.

How To Get Help

For on-site help or GSE-specific questions, please contact GSE Technology Services:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 503-725-4607
  • Technology Services is located in the Fourth Avenue Building, room 270

For campus-wide, off-site, or after hours help, please contact User Support Services: