Student Technology Resources

Your technology toolkit

Whether you’re conducting research for a paper you’re writing, doing exercises for a math or science course, posting an assignment or printing one out, you have the technology resources you need to make it happen at CGCC.

The following is a list of the tools and systems available to you as a student. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact our Virtual Tech Team


Students registered in online classes use Canvas as their classroom. Engage in class lectures, discussions, assignments and more on this interactive, user-friendly platform.

Login to Canvas

Strategies for Success in Online Classes

Maricopa Community Colleges provides Microsoft Office 365 to every current student free of charge!

Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, and more. It is available for offline and online use to best prepare you for class. As long as you are currently a student at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, you’ll be able to use this software for free.

Click on this link to install Office 365.

Student Business Services has TI-84 graphing calculators for rent to CGCC Students taking a Math class at CGCC. Calculators are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Calculator Rental Agreement Form.

MATLAB is a powerful math, graphics and programming platform used in science and engineering classes. As a CGCC student, you are entitled to download a personal copy of MATLAB for use at home, via the MATLAB online portal. CGCC students and faculty must establish an account the first time they access the MATLAB online portal

License expiration/reactivation - If you have installed Matlab on your computer and receive a message about expiration, you will need to reactivate your license using your Mathworks account tied to your email address. If you can't remember your password, there is a password recovery process within the Matlab activation dialog.

My Maricopa Student Portal is an intuitive new tool that helps you be more efficient with time management, budget planning, and tracking your academic progress for financial aid, scholarships, classes and athletics. This exciting, easy-to-use, mobile-friendly application supplies the critical information you need for your continued success! My Maricopa Student Portal allows you to do a lot, all in one place:

  • Access your personalized class schedule (current semester and up to two future semesters).
  • Upload your academic schedule to your Maricopa Google Calendar (or send it to your student email account).
  • Display up to three of your prior semester terms and cumulative grades.
  • Lookup new and used book costs, as well as book rental availability so you can budget.
  • Use interactive GPS campus maps to quickly find buildings and classes on your mobile device.
  • Check your financial aid award status and amounts (offered, awarded, and disbursed).
  • View your important messages and high-priority holds (if they apply) to your student account.

You don’t need to visit an app store. Simply login to My Maricopa Student Portal from your computer or web-enabled mobile device.

Learn more by downloading our user guide.

To print, please fill out this form to request prints from the print center. Students will still receive their $10 per month allowance. Prints can be retrieved at the copy center or mailed out. Student Business Services will contact students for payment.

You can print from classroom printers, or printers in common area throughout campus, such as the Library, Computer Labs and the Coyote Center. When using a common-area printer, you will need your MEID ID as a password. Simply click your print button to open your computer’s print dialog box, choose a printer and print options (double-sided, page range, black and white, etc.), then click the print button again to prompt the PrintAssistant login box. This is where you’ll enter the user name and password for your MEID account, the ID that is unique to you and allows you to login to any computer on campus.

Printing Page Allowance

CGCC gives active CGCC students a monthly printing allowance of 100 pages. We no longer take payments for additional copies, but on the rare occasion that a student's coursework requires printing in excess of this allowance, the Library and Computer Lab staff on both campuses can approve modest exceptions, on a case-by-case basis.

Printing Tips

  • Print only when needed — if the assignment is not required, do not print it
  • Use a removable storage device, such as a thumb drive or external hard drive, to transfer information between locations
  • Email documents to yourself or your instructor as backup
  • Use software applications such as Microsoft OneNote to “print” to a file from the internet
  • Print more than one page per sheet
  • Print PowerPoint Slides 6 or more per sheet
  • Use PDF properties to print more than one page per sheet
  • View your documents in Print Preview before you print
  • Use scaling and selection options in Print Preview to reduce the number of pages
  • Ask a technician for help

Pecos Campus Print Shop

For more professionally formatted options and larger print jobs, use the print shop on the Pecos Campus to request printing, copying and binding services for a fee.

Print Shop Contact
Phone: 480-732-7224

Pecos Campus
Bradshaw Hall
Room 120

Print Shop Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 7:00am-5:00pm
Friday 7:00am-4:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays CLOSED

Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm

Some CGCC courses require the use of the Respondus LockDown Browser and a webcam with microphone for taking online exams, tests or quizzes in Canvas. LockDown Browser prevents you from accessing other websites or applications while taking the exam, and from exiting until all questions are completed and submitted.

Watch this video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the Monitor feature.

System requirements for using Respondus LockDown Browser

  • A broadband internet connection
  • Windows: 10 or 11*
    • 200 MB of free hard disk space
    • Minimum 2 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM when using a webcam
    • * Windows 10/11 "S mode" and Windows 10/11 "SE" are not compatible operating systems, nor can LockDown Browser be obtained via the Windows App Store
  • Mac: OS 10.15 to 14.0+
    • 200 MB of free hard disk space
    • Minimum 2 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM when using a webcam
  • ChromeOS
    • It is recommended to keep ChromeOS up to date. To ensure you have the most recent version, please check the steps in Google’s guide.
  • If using an iPad, your instructor must select the appropriate setting.
    • Lockdown Browser is not available on other mobile devices and smartphones, such as Android
  • Web camera (internal or external) and microphone (for Monitor only)

To get started

  1. Make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements
  2. Download and install LockDown Browser Important: Don't download a copy of LockDown Browser from elsewhere on the Internet — those versions won't work in CGCC’s system.

To take an online quiz or exam

  1. Start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam in Canvas. (You won't be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.)
  2. Follow these guidelines:
  • Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted
  • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.
  • Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices
  • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test

To install Lockdown Browser for Chromebook

  1. Start the Chrome Browser after logging into the Chromebook device
  2. Log into Canvas ( using a student account, and navigate to the exam that requires Lockdown Browser
    • Make sure to not start your exam
  3. Select the link to download and install Lockdown Browser
    • The link is also available above if you cannot find it in your Canvas course
  4. From the Chrome web store, select “Add to Chrome” to install the Lockdown Browser Extension
    • The app will not be able to be looked up or searched for directly from the Chrome web store

To install Lockdown Browser on iPad

  1. Download and install the "LockDown Browser" app from the Apple App Store to the iPad. (Requires iOS 11 or higher.)
  2. Search for "Maricopa Community College" as your institution. (Searching for Chandler-Gilbert will not yield any results.)
  3. You should then be prompted to sign into Canvas as you normally would.
  4. Navigate to your quiz. A pop-up window will appear with a message asking to allow Lockdown Browser to lock your iPad until your quiz is done. Select "Yes" when you are ready, and your iPad will be locked down.   
    • If you see the message "Your instructor hasn't enabled the use of a tablet for this exam...", please reach out to your instructor as this is a setting only they can set. You may need to take the exam on a Windows or Mac computer.
  5. Once your exam has been submitted, your iPad should become unlocked.

*Ensure Apple’s Guided Access has been disabled or that it has been closed out before you take your exam

Your student email is the official way of receiving communications within the Maricopa Community College system, such as Financial Aid, Enrollment Status, announcements from your Canvas, and other important information.

Your MEID is your Maricopa Enterprise ID number (ex. ABC1234567, usually the first three letters of your first name), and is different from your Student ID (ex. 123456578). Your student email address will be your MEID Some sign-in pages will require your full email address, and some will require you to enter just your MEID.

You will not have access to your email if you have not completed registration or if your account has been deactivated (which occurs after 1 year of not attending Maricopa in any capacity). Once you are fully registered or reactivated, make sure to go to Student Tools and select the Student Email icon, or to You will then sign in with your MEID and your current password.

Your student email essentially works as a Gmail account, which comes with a variety of online tools that can help you with your school work:

  • Access to Google Drive (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, etc.), which allows for easy collaboration with your classmates and instructors. It is accessible from any device and can be made to be accessible offline.
  • Google calendar and Tasks, which allows for scheduling and reminders for important dates, meetings, etc.
  • Google Chat, which is an instant messaging service.
  • Google Meet, where you can meet with your classmates or instructors in real time with voice and video.