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Welcome to Interactive Distance Learning



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.

Interactive Distance Learning Schedule for 2019 - 2020 is here 

"Tinkering with Forces & Motions" with MISD Science Consultant Paul Drummond. This will be for 1st nd 2nd graders to teach them how to upcycle with objects that they will make into something that will move with force and motion.

"Poetry Cafe;" 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 Cafe; 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" is 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. During the interactive video conference with the paratrooper 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, Tinkering with Forces and Motion, and Poetry Cafe)

TWICE / ASK Programs (these programs are offered from the TWICE Organization, is an ASK Program but run from a different organization.

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

http://www.misd.net/distancelearning/subscribe.htm

This listserv is private, we will not share your information or send you emails that do not pertain to the Distance Learning Programs.

The New 2019-2020 Distance Learning Schedule is here

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! 

Check your school Calendars!!!!

The New Schedule is here

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, good educational authors,  journal writing and technology through the use of video conferencing to promote reading for comprehension and understanding.

Find out more about ASK

The 2019 - 2020 Gadget Works schedule is at this link.

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.

Find out more about Gadget Works

To our TWICE/CAPspace accounts:

This is not an easy message we have to deliver, but we wanted to send out an email letting you know why we have not updated TWICE/CAPspace events for the school year 2019-2020. As a 501c3 organization TWICE runs on a very tight budget, presently supported only by membership dues. We have been trying to secure funding from multiple organizations and grants but have not been successful. We are still waiting to hear back from a couple of potential partners. If we are unable to secure funding in the next month, we regret to say we will not be able to continue as an organization. Some of the expenses we need to cover are the CAPSpace website updates you have all asked for, web hosting server, email service, technical web support, support staff, and a few other miscellaneous expenses.     

TWICE/CAPspace has been a unique video conferencing resource for educators since 2006.  Our TWICE Board are ever grateful for your loyal and continuous support throughout the years.   

We will let you know by the end of the month whether we will continue as usual or if we will start the process of dissolving TWICE as an organization.

Respectfully,

TWICE Board:

Ric Kienbaum - President
Audra Brownlee
Roxanne Glaser
Paul Hieronymus
Amy Keesey
Elaine Shuck
Rob Sparks
Debbie Vincent
Support Staff:
Sue Porter and Denise Jobe

If you have any questions about TWICE / ASK Events contact Denise Jobe, TWICE/ASK coordinator at Denise@twice.cc

This is for Macomb County Educators Only!!

Network Administrators- The LifeSize Clearsea will no longer be used. All accounts for your district is deleted.

Brian Boudreau will email all district technology coordinators with the new connection information. 

Technology Tips & Guides for a Successful Video Conference

Know how to operate all of your equipment before your video conference begins. This includes your Codec, Video Projector and wireless Microphones.

  • Have technical help standing by or make sure you can phone a tech person right away.
  • Have your party’s telephone number in case problems arise.
  • Do a test call 30 - 45 minutes before your event with someone outside of your network to verify incoming and outgoing audio and video.
  • Know how to mute your codec with the remote. You will be asked to do this throughout the program.
  • Don’t assume the equipment will work just because you have used it a month ago. Things do go wrong and electronics do fail. It is better to find out before you have a classroom full of disappointed students waiting to go on a virtual field trip.

**** The newest videoconferencing software offered by the Macomb Intermediate School District with LifeSize/ClearSea. So much easier to use without the hassle of carrying heavey equipment. This can be used right from the teachers desktop, laptop, or smartphone projected onto the smart board. All that is needed is speakers to plug in and a microphone for students to talk in. All of the school districts technical coordinators have been instructed on how to use it. Contact them to learn how you can use it in the classroom or the Macomb ISD technical person, Brian Boudreau at bboudreau@misd.net