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Resources for Learning and Teaching Remotely

This guide lists a few of the electronic resources that are now available to students and faculty to help with distance learning and teaching for the Spring semester

Calculators

Graphing Calculator Access

While remote learning is in effect, we strongly recommend you use free programs to emulate all the functions of our physical graphing calculators on your computer or mobile device. 

For an exact replica of a physical calculator that you can use on Mac or Windows computers, Texas Instruments is now offering a free 6 month subscription to software that will allow you to interact on screen with a calculator that is identical to their TI 84 Plus line of calculators. This is available even if you have used the 90 day trial in the past. Functions are all the same as on the calculators we lend out, although the graphing "screen" is in color. However, there is no functional difference. Please go to the Texas Instruments COVID-19 Support page and select your status as student or faculty.  On the next page, select "TI-SmartView™ Emulator Software for the TI-84 Plus Family." When prompted during install, enter the unique license number generated on the download page.  The same TI page has user-guides for the software. Currently software for Chromebook is available in a test beta release. Please email reference@csi.cuny.edu and you can get a link to a private, free app on the Chrome App Store. 

For calculators that are not "TI" branded, but which are freely available and can be used without a 90 day limit, several options are available. NumWorks offers an Open Source calculator (Creative Commons license) with an emulator that can be used on computers or with a free app on mobile devices. Try the online simulator, with no download needed. Demos offers a free calculators for both online and offline mobile use with apps. They also tout their calculator as meeting accessibility guidelines. Try their graphing function. Consider meta-calculator for free graphing that is well formatted for screen sharing. 

zyBooks and Labs from Wiley

zyBooks (from Wiley) is offering free access to its interactive books and web content for the rest of the Spring semester, to facilitate distance learning in Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics. The offer will include access to zyLabs (programming labs in C, C++, MATLAB, Java), instructional materials and onbaording sessions.  Interested faculty members  can browse their catalog for relevant content and then follow the "please fill out this form" link on their Covid-19 Digital Care Package page. 

CUNY-Wide New Software Resources

CUNY Information Technology has arranged for the whole CUNY Community to have access to aditional software resources, via vendor trials, WebEx and the Adobe Creative Suite from home during the remote learning period. 

  • Adobe Creative Cloud software can now be accessed at home until May 31st. Students need to follow the steps on this Accessing Adobe Creative Cloud PDF to use it; it is based on your CUNYFirst/Blackboard log-in credentials. Faculty either have received an email or need to contact the CSI helpdesk and will be using their CSI email to create an account.
  • WebEx is available until June 7th for meetings, conferencing, class sessions, and for students to create their own study groups or communicate with faculty and friends. You will need to go to the WebEx Sign-In page, and enter your CUNYFirst/Blackboard log-in information. Find full instructions ConnectCUNY Webex Accounts Quick Start PDF guide