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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.

With the shutdown of schools are in full effect the MISD interactive distance learning programs are put on hold for now. But with that there have been so many content providers reaching out to me to share their online virtual programs and lessons. I am sharing them with you here. Hope you enjoy these free, enjoyable and educational resources for teachers and students alike!

This is a professional teacher training video from educator and author, Gary Abud, Jr. titled "Great Lakes Learning: STEAM Resources for Remote Teaching" with lots of information and free lessons about the Great Lakes. The link for the 30 minute video is https://zoom.us/rec/play/tJYkIuv9-zo3SIKS5gSDAKMvW464KKus1CMd_vsFnxzgUSUCNQGlNOEVM-HA2ORRJWZFbHTq_Vng5RGP?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=97j2CNrVQZiEc0NwfTWayA.1585932966398.f6836e49676f2ec9a5e0e7bc3affffb6&_x_zm_rhtaid=176 (Goodgle Chrome is recommended to play this video).

Great Lakes Now wants to help your students explore the Great Lakes. That’s why we’ve designed a collection of lesson plans that engage students with the science and study of the Great Lakes. Designed for middle school classrooms, these lessons will help students to become familiar with geologic, geographic, and environmental concepts about the Great Lakes, as well as provide them the opportunity to evaluate contemporary issues facing the lakes. Website is https://www.greatlakesnow.org/educational-resources/ This coincides with the paragraph above with Gary Abud, Jr.

The learning continues!  CILC (Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration) and its wonderful content providers have come together to provide core curriculum every day of the week for homebound students in grades K-6.  CILC and our Content Providers will offer free of charge, interactive, live-streamed programs from 9:30 to 3:30 Eastern time. The programs are delivered by our highly professional content providers.  See schedule and register here.  or the link is https://www.cilc.org/community 

If you’re looking for educational experiences as a way to keep your children engaged and entertained, Cranbrook Institute of Science has you covered. Institute scientists and educators are sharing their expertise in astronomy, dinosaurs, bugs and insects, water conservation, Institute collections, and more. New videos will be posted each week. The videos can be accessed on the Institute’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels. Additionally, learning resources are available for parents and teachers through the Institute’s website.

The Troy Stage Nature Center at https://troynaturesociety.org/nature-at-home/ does live Facebook presentations often about the many different animals that are at their center. Check their website or Facebook page to find out what animal will be the guest of honor on their live presentation and when it will be scheduled.

The Leslie Science & Nature Center (affiliate of the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum) has many fun and educational videos on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lesliesnc 

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)

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.

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.

DO NOT DOUBLE UP CLASSROOMS FOR ONE SESSION / PROGRAM.... REGISTER EACH TEACHER THAT PARTICIPATES IN THE PROGRAMS.

Reasons why we don’t recommend teachers doubling up:

1. Only teacher who registers for the program will get materials.

2. One class of 35 students or less 99% of students will be able to ask questions and be on camera, if more than one class not all students will be able to ask questions and it is not fair to the students.

3. It is bad for our statistics, the more teachers that register the more we can offer the program in the future. At the end of the school year I set up the next year's programs by how many registered for what program. The more registrations on the schedule the more it will be offered in the future. I go by registrations and not the count of students in one particular program.

 4. The more we have registered the more funding will be available to support the authors and specialists we use for our future programs.

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!!!!

Here is a pdf that explains the STEP BY STEP PROCESS OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN A INTERACTIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE

Here is a pdf that explains the Distance Learning Email Structure of who gets what emails that is sent out from the MISD.

The 2020 - 2021 schedule will be posted here once it is complete. Check back in August 2020 for it.

Find out more about ASK

An Important Note about the ASK program below:

Reasons why we don’t recommend teachers doubling up:

1. Only teacher who registers for the program will get materials.

2. One class of 35 students or less 99% of students will be able to ask questions and be on camera, if more than one class not all students will be able to ask questions and it is not fair to the students.

3. It is bad for our statistics, the more teachers that register the more we can offer the program in the future. At the end of the school year I set up the next year's programs by how many registered for what program. The more registrations on the schedule the more it will be offered in the future. I go by registrations and not the count of students in one particular program.

4. The more we have registered the more my supervisor will support the authors and specialists we use for our programs and therefore we have funding for future programs.

When a new schedule for the 2020 - 2021 school year is complete it will be posted here.

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

Gadget Works Overview and teacher guides can be found at the website http://cosi.org/downloads/educatorGuides/GW-F&M-00-Main-Menu.pdf 

Once a registration is received by the MISD, that registration is then sent to COSI. You will receive emails both from COSI and the MISD confirming your participation and when you will receive the materials for the program. PLEASE NOTE: that once COSI sends out the materials to you, you will  not be able to withdraw from the program. COSI still charges the MISD whether you participate or not. So please check your school calendars prior to registering for this program.

This is for Macomb County Educators Only!!

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

We now have Zoom as our cloud base software program to make the connections. This will be much easier for all involved to connect with each other, especially the teachers with hopefully no more delays with the dialing in wait time. We are no longer using ClearSea LifeSize software or the old "cart" systems.

All you have to do is download the Zoom software, free of charge. Then when the meeting room link is emailed to you all you have to do is click on the link and we will be connected. We refer to the meeting room as a video conference on line and the meeting room is a specific room just for the particular program for that day. The meeting room information does change with each program so do not save the link that will be sent to you for one program because it closes out at the end of the day after the programs are done. 

But same as always you will still need the speakers and a microphone hooked up. It is highly recommended to have a microphone because the computers microphone does not pick up audio well for the students questions. If you use a laptop then all you have to do is make sure your camera and microphone from the laptop is on and in sync with the meeting room. If you use a desktop computer make sure you can connect a microphone and speakers to your computer. 

An extra good thing to do during the program is to make sure your laptop is plugged in for the battery and that you are hardwired (computer Ethernet into the wall Ethernet plug) to your internet Lan or router which will give a stronger signal.

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.

All of the school districts technical coordinators have been instructed on how to use Zoom. Contact them to learn how you can use it in the classroom.

Here is a pdf that explains what the email structure is on who gets what emails that is sent out from the MISD.

Here is a pdf that explains the step by step process of of registering for an interactive video conference.

For more help you can contact the Macomb ISD technical person, Brian Boudreau at bboudreau@misd.net or 586-228-3422.