For some, Distance Learning is limited to the notion of low enrollment
classes, linking a handful of students in one school district with a
handful of students in others to extend the curricular offerings in all
school districts involved. For us, at the Macomb Intermediate School
District, Distance Learning is that and so much more! Curriculum and
Professional Development are enhanced and extended through on-line
courses, virtual field trips to zoos, museums and science centers,
collaborative events linking students from around the county to around
the state to around the world, and special events linking to our
students to authors and specialists. In short, we bring a world of
resources to our students each and every day.
If you have questions or need more information about distance
learning via compressed video at the Macomb ISD, please contact Arnie
Comer via email at AComer@misd.net.
If you would like to receive information about any or all of the
distance learning programs offered by the MISD please join our listservs.
We will be using these to announce our programs and their availability
as well as providing information on how to register for them.
Follow this link to
Join the MISD Distance Learning
Listserv or copy and paste the following url into your browser
Learning Special Events Page
Here you will find a list of special/seasonal distance learning programs
available. Follow the link below to see what is being offered.
Special Events Page
For the most current schedule of all
of the distance learning / video
conferencing programs associated
with the Macomb Intermediate School
Distance Learning Schedule from May
6th to May 31st, 2013
DL Registration page
How to use the
Distance Learning Registration page:
Fill in the appropriate
information on Step 1. Be sure the
e-mail address is correct, email is
how you will be notified if you have
been accepted and registered for the
program along with reminders and
schedules throughout the school year.
Continue on to Step 2.
Under Choose a Program choose ASK
or whatever program you are
Under Choose a Topic choose the
title of the book you would like.
Under Choose a Session choose a date
and time you would like to
Continue on to Step 3.
Review the information and
correct press submit.
If you would like to register for
another program click on Use this
link to submit another program
DL Registration page
The TWICE organization and
Polycom Special Events will be offering ASK
programs as well, many of which we
support. If you are on the email list-serve
you will receive notification of
when registrations are open along
with a schedule. More details are below.
forward to your participation in
Schedule for the 2012-2013
There is a new look to this schedule
and with more details on how these
programs will fit into the Core
Curriculum. We hope you like it!
Please be sure to check your
school calendar before registering
for these programs.
Program, (Authors Specialist, and Knowledge), provides students with the opportunity to interview an author or a
knowledgeable subject specialist in the topic they are
reading about in the novel. The program uses excellent children's literature,
journal writing and interviewing via vide conferencing to promote reading for
comprehension and understanding.
The Purpose of the
ASK Program - Students Journaling &
1. Encourage students to move beyond
basic reading comprehension. Get
them to tie
what they are reading to their own
lives and experiences.
2. If desired, hang the posters of
the journal process in your
3. Each time students read, they
should journal. If it is a chapter
book, have them
write down page number, their
reaction, and questions based on
that section. We
want students to tie their reading
to the interview process.
4. Write questions that draw out the
author or specialist beyond the
"generic" questions they are usually
asked, a more in-depth question is
what the author/specialist is
expecting. Have the student ask the
author/specialist to explain or
describe things they did not
understand or are curious about from
Special thanks to
Dr. Raymond Kettel who designed this project and shared it with other educators.
Learn more about the ASK program
that will take you to the
ASK web page that explains what
ASK is, the steps of the ASK
process, give links to the Thank
You Notes from students &
teachers, and a link for
journaling templates, lesson
plans and web resources that are
used in the teacher resource
All about the ASK Program -
There is a list of classroom set
of books that are NOT on the
ASK Distance Learning schedule for
the upcoming school year.
Class sets available for the
2012-2013 school year that are
NOT in the ASK program.
These class sets can be used by
teachers on their own with no
Learn from the past, Appreciate the
present and Preserve our outdoor
Schedule with Lesson Plans
There is a new look to this schedule
with more details, instructions and
We hope you like it!
Quick look at the
schedule for the 2012-2013
This complimentary program teaches
Michigan third and fourth graders
about Michigan’s history and natural
In addition to helping youngsters
and their teachers learn more about
their state, its history and
resources, it is also very 'brain
compatible'. In order to increase
public knowledge and appreciation
for Michigan’s wonderful natural
resources, EDCO and the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources
partnered to create L.A.P.’s™
To register go to
to find out how to gain access
to the materials for the program
through the MISD Blackboard Learn
and to learn more about the program.
Along with the "must have" materials
there are supplemental lesson plans
and resources for you to use as
Michigan 3rd and 4th grade teachers: You can find the L.A.P.’s™ materials for the 2012-2013 school year from the
MISD - MOST Blackboard Portal.
The new program
includes pre-visit activities on
gravity and air resistance, speed,
and everyone’s favorite Happy Crab
Hypothesis Sheet. Only now the
hypothesis is about what forces make
the crab move instead of what simple
machines are inside. The show itself
is now about balanced and unbalanced
forces, pushes and pulls, and
tracing the energy flow through the
toys (the chattering teeth still
make an appearance about halfway
through the show).
Registration is closed for the 2012
- 2013 school year.
schedule for the 2012-2013
TWICE / ASK
TWICE / ASK Website
TWICE ASK Program Registration
Is Now Open
TWICE/ASK Schedule for the 2012-2013
or you can go to the website at
Follow the directions below to
register for these programs.
Please take note that these
TWICE/ASK programs are an entirely
different offering than what the
MISD ASK programs are.
TWICE offers some of the same
programs as the ASK programs but a
membership through TWICE and
registration through CAPSpace is
required. If you have any questions
about this contact Arnie Comer,
TWICE coordinator at
To register you will need an
account in CAPSpace. If you do not
have an account go to
and sign up
for one. You will also need to be
associated with verified video
equipment. The good news is that all
the equipment in Macomb County
schools has been verified. But we will
need to link you to the equipment
if you don't already have an account
Also note that there are
some program/book titles that TWICE will be
offering that are not on the
attached list. This is because TWICE
is offering these programs at
similar times to the Macomb ASK
programs and therefore the MISD
Distance Learning Dept. will not
be able to provide the materials for
you to participate. If you have
copies of these books available
within your school, feel free to
register for those programs.
READ AROUND THE PLANET dates
for 2013 are February 25-March 8.
Registration will open December 3,
2012. More information will be
What is the
relationship between TWICE and
TWICE (Two-Way Interactive Connections in Education) is Michigan’s K-12 distance learning organization, founded in 2001. Any school, district or educational service agency may become a member of TWICE for a yearly membership fee.
For membership forms and instructions, see the TWICE Membership page of this wiki.
As part of TWICE, Berrien RESA developed the Content Providers Database - a free listing of content providers and their programs. In 2002 TWICE created their signature event, Read Across America. In 2006 the event changed its name to Read Around the Planet (RAP) as countries across the globe joined the event.
Classes register for Read Around the Planet in CAPspace and are matched with a similar grade level to connect and celebrate reading during the last week of February and first week of March. From this database of educators, CAPspace expanded to become a site where teachers could create, post and/or join videoconferencing collaborative projects and events.
To access the Content Providers Database - http://www.twice.cc
To access information about Read Around the Planet (RAP) http://www.twice.cc/RAP
videoconference project gives you
and your students an opportunity to
learn with another school or
CAPspace is a social networking tool
for educational videoconferencing.
Login to find colleagues and schools
interested in collaborative
videoconference projects. Create and
advertise your own collaborative
videoconference projects to
educators around the world. CAPspace
also provides registration for
collaborative events and projects
such as TWICE’s Read Around the
There are currently 12094 educators
from 42 countries registered with
CAPspace is made possible by funding
from Polycom: Providing Telepresence,
Voice and Video Conferencing
required for registration for
CAPspace EVENTS (Read Around the
Planet, TWICE ASK, etc.); but not
If you are new to
CAPspace you will need to ADD your
equipment and get VERIFIED (test).
If you are attached to verified
equipment, you will see a blue and
red IP monitor icon on your profile
page under your name. Here is a link
to help you with verification:
events: Contact the event
coordinator listed for that event.
Video Programming with How to Guides
Making Your ASK Videoconference a
Distance Learning Guide for
Video Conference Field Trip
Polycom Informational Brochures
Using the Technical Support and
Documentation Website - Training
Resources - Cisco Systems
Technology Tips for a Successful
How to use the Distance Learning
(Connection & Bridging, Technical Support, and Equipment
(Distance Learning program Scheduling and
Materials for the programs, and DVD/Video copies)
Distance Learning Help Line