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Welcome to Interactive Distance Learning

For the full Interactive Distance Learning Schedule for 2018-2019 Click the accordion below labeled "Distance Learning Schedule and Registration" or there are individual schedules for each category of Distance Learning Programs below. For some, Interactive 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, Interactive Distance Learning is that and so much more! Curriculum and Professional Development are enhanced and extended through virtual field trips such as 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 our students to authors and specialists. In short, we bring a world of resources to our students each and every day through interactive educational learning.

2018 - 2019 MISD Interactive Distance Learning Schedule

“A Planting We Will Grow” Science Meeting with MISD Science Consultant Paul Drummond. Introducing a new interactive distance learning program that will enhance the learning experience of the students in Physical Science of growing plants in the classroom for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grades.

"Poetry Cafeé" with MISD ELA Consultant Dr. Lisa Rivard. After students study and write poetry in class it's time to celebrate their finished pieces by opening a Poetry Cafeé with the Beatnik theme of the 1950’s. This is for the 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades. Click here for the teacher overview for the "Poetry Cafe"

"Melvin Fargo Writes to Argue and Persuade" (this is not an ASK Program)
MISD Language Arts Consultant and Author, Lisa Rivard bringing us her informative and enlightening book "Melvin Fargo Writes to Argue and Persuade". Mrs Rivard will host this program to teach 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th grades on how to prepare for a argumentative and persuasive essay which will include appropriate grade level help with research, sources, and the best type of Websites to use and citations. 
For more information about this book and Mrs. Rivard her website is http://lisarivardbooks.com/ 

"Operation Parachute" with an military paratrooper who will discuss with students about parachutes. Students will design, make, problem solve, and analyze the parachutes they will do in class. On November 13, 2018 we will then have an interactive video conference with the Paratrooper who will answer questions and explain the technical engineering of parachutes and the equipment used with them.   


If you would like to receive information about any or all of the interactive distance learning programs offered by the MISD please join our listservs. We will be using these to announce our programs and their availability.

The Following Listserv's are available for you:

ASK Program (just for the Author, Specialist, Knowledge Programs)

MISD Interactive Programs (for non-ASK programs such as Melvin Fargo, Operation Parachute, A Planting We Will Grow and Poetry Cafe)

TWICE / ASK Programs (these programs are offered from the TWICE Organization and are an ASK Program)

Gadget Works: Forces & Motion (just pertains to the COSI Sponsored Forces & Motion Programs)

Follow this link to Join the MISD Distance Learning Listserv or copy and paste the following url into your browser


Registration for these programs will open on September 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

Click the link below to register for in a interactive distance learning program at: http://www.misd.net/dl

How to use the Interactive 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 the program you are interested in.
  • Under Choose a Topic choose the title of the book/program you would like.
  • Under Choose a Session choose a date and time you would like to participate.
  • Continue on to Step 3.
  • Review the information and if correct press submit.
  • If you would like to register for another program click on Use this link to submit another program request.

Registrations are on a first come first serve basis.

I will delete duplicate requests so please do not register for another teacher unless you put in their name and email address.

READ YOUR EMAILS CAREFULLY!! Yes, sometimes you will be put on the waiting list or rejected for a program. Do not assume that you have been confirmed for the program! PLEASE read your emails.

Check your school Calendars!!!!  

UPdated as of February 2019  March - April 2019 ASK Schedule

The ASK Program, (Authors Specialist, and Knowledge), provides students with the opportunity to ask questions to an author or a educational subject specialist in the topic they are reading about in the novel. The program uses excellent children's literature, journal writing and technology use via video conferencing to promote reading for comprehension and understanding.

MISD Author, Specialist, Knowledge 

Find out more about ASK

The 2018-2019 Gadget Works schedule is now available.

The Gadget Works interactive distance learning program is to ensure that every elementary student in Macomb County participates in at least one virtual fieldtrip before they move on to middle school. 

The grade level for this program is 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades. A separate day will be available for 3rd grades only so that it is more grade appropriate for them.

This program includes pre-visit activities on gravity and air resistance, speed, and everyone's favorite, the Happy Crab. A hypothesis is done with the Happy Crab and the Chattering Teeth (during the program) on what students think what forces make the crab move and what parts are used on the inside. The program itself is about balanced and unbalanced forces, pushes and pulls, and tracing the energy flow through the toys.

If you missed registration for the Gadget Works program you may be able to still participate if there is a time open for a day that is on the schedule. Contact Denise at djobe@misd.net to discuss this opportunity.

Registration for this program will close on November 21, 2018.

Find out more about Gadget Works

Here is a Schedule for the TWICE ASK programs for 2018 - 2019.

TWICE invites you to participate in a celebration of reading using videoconference technology! Classes can participate in English, or a variety of other languages, or special education. Classes share skits, raps, original poetry/writing, songs, game shows, and more with specials holiday and educational specials events throughout the year. TWICE is also renowned for coordinating the Read Around the Plant program offered in March of every school year.

Take note that the MISD does support the Macomb County teachers that register for the TWICE/ASK programs. The MISD will pays for the yearly membership and pay the $50.00 fee and supply the books/materials for the teachers that wish to participate in the TWICE/ASK programs.

The Macomb ASK and the TWICE/ASK programs are very similar only coordinated by different organizations.

All ASK Events, TWICE Collaborations, and Read Around the Planet descriptions and information are on the website at https://www.twice.cc and for a free account through the TWICE CAPspace go to www.twicecapspace.org to register for any of the ASK Events, Collaborations or Read Around the Planet.

The Macomb TWICE/ASK Web Site, this is for the Macomb County teachers and how the MISD supports the teachers who wish to participate in the programs.

This is for Macomb County Educators Only!!

Network Administrators- We have created a LifeSize Clearsea account for your district to use in addition to your video conferencing equipment. The Clearsea client is a desktop video solution and will work on desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones. It can be installed on up to five devices and is compatible with Windows, Apple, IOS, and Android. The client software can be downloaded at-


Contact Brian Boudreau at bboudreau@misd.net for login information.

Here is a link to the website for video tutorials on using the Client Clearsea software.


Here it is... a pdf file to download.... A Step by Step Guide on how to use the LifeSize ClearSea software program. One last addition to the "cheat sheet" and the pdf file to download...... PLEASE LOG OUT OF YOUR ACCOUNT WHEN DONE WITH THE INTERACTIVE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM!