Staying Connected: Online Resources and Opportunities from Home

Staying Connected: Online Resources and Opportunities from Home

A big part of keeping everyone safe during COVID-19 is staying home and working remotely when possible. Along with schools and other organizations staying closed, it is import to ensure everyone stays healthy, both physically and mentally. The below list has opportunities to access a variety of experiences and resources from home: 

Resources

CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY

  • Chicago Public Library (CPL) cardholders can access library resources and information, including eBooks, audiobooks, music, video and online resources, 24/7 on their website.
  • Don’t have a library card yet? Apply for an eCard to access eBooks, audiobooks and online resources.
  • Patrons with smartphones can access CPL on the go with their mobile app.
  • Other applications accessible with a CPL card include:
    • Brainfuse: Live homework help from 2:00 – 11:00 pm in English and Spanish
    • Hoopla: Streaming and downloadable audiobooks, music, video and eBooks
    • Flipster: Read current and back issues of six of their most popular magazines: Bloomberg Businessweek, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, People and Scientific American.
    • Mango Languages: Lessons in 70+ languages, including English
    • Overdrive: Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks
    • RBdigital Audiobooks: Downloadable audiobooks
    • RBdigital Magazines: Latest issues of more than a hundred popular magazines.

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT

WEISS HOSPITAL
Senior Exercise Classes via ZOOM!
Computer: https://zoom.us/j/5552594442; password: 5225
Telephone: 312-626-6799; meeting ID: 555-259-4442# and hit # again for access

  • Monday & Saturday at 9:00 am and Wednesday at 8:30 am – Zumba
  • Tuesday at 9:00 am – Chi Gung
  • Tuesday at 10:15 am – Tai Chi (immediately following Chi Gung)
  • Tuesday at 6:00 pm – Yoga (make sure you have a mat)
  • Wednesday & Friday at 10:00 am – Exercise with Paul 
  • Thursday at 9:30 am – Chair Yoga

LOCAL PARTNERS

SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

OTHER RESOURCES

Virtual Tours

SHOWS & MUSICALS

  • The National Theatre: stream a free play every Thursday (then available for one week)
    • April 2: One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, starring James Corden
    • April 9: Jane Eyre, adapted by Sally Cookson
    • April 16: Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery
    • April 23: Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, starring Tamsin Greig

MUSEUMS

NATIONAL PARKS

ZOOS & AQUARIUMS

Network Access

Looking on behalf of a student who has been moved to e-learning? Check out isbe.net/keeplearning for more. 

COMCAST

  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free (including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers). Visit www.xfinity.com/wifi to see hotspots, and select the “xfinitywifi” network name.
  • Pausing Data Plan: Comcast is pausing its data plans for 60 days (starting March 14) and giving all existing customers Unlimited data.
  • No Disconnects or Late Fees: Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact the company to inform them that they cannot pay their bills during this period.
  • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: Internet Essentials, Comcast’s broadband adoption program, will be free for 60 days.

 AT&T

  • All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data.
  • Internet access is available through the Access from AT&T program for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month. Eligibility access is expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

SPECTRUM

  • Spectrum is offering free internet to students. Starting March 16, free broadband and Wi-Fi access will be offered for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.