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Welcome to the Interactive Distance Learning

The Macomb Intermediate School District / Instructional Technology Distance Learning Department is proud to announce new programs for the 2016 - 2017 school year.

I am proud to announce an exciting new opportunity on April 25, 2017 with Comedian, Author, and Public Speaker, Brad Tassell. Mr. Tassell writes elementary books that will make students laugh, read, learn and interact with his presentations on his books "Could you be President? Presidential Poems in Two or More Voices" for the 4th - 5th grades and another book "Speaking of Math: Fluency Poems for Partners: Addition" for the 2nd - 3rd grades. To find out more about Mr. Tassell and his books visit his web site at http://www.speakingofmath.org/home.html  

Before the program students will read the book with partners. The sentences are colored coded so one student will read the red and the other will read the blue then both students will read the purple. There are other curriculum options stated at the front of the book to use the book to its full potential.

During the videoconference one class at a time will perform a poem for Mr. Tassell.  The poem is chosen by teacher on what one they will read. Each class will have a turn to read a poem. Mr. Tassell will be interactive with the group speaking with his input on how the students performed and what they learned. One group poem per class will go from school to school until time runs out.  

  • According to how many students are in your class divide students into 3 groups.
  • Then in each group divide into "red", "blue", and "purple" teams.
  • Each color team will be assigned to read their own color sentence as you assign them so that each student will have a turn to speak.   

This is a pilot program so Mr. Tassell will make sure every student will learn, get deeply involved, have an audience for their reading and performing all while having some fun and laughs.

This is a list of the new programs with dates and times.

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 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. 

A printable flyer for you "Melvin Fargo Writes to Argue and Persuade"

For more information about this book and Mrs. Rivard her website is http://lisarivardbooks.com/ 

We have our ever famous and energetic author and historian, Janie Lynn Panagopoulos that will work with the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on how "Writing Rules". It is a fiction writing course that teaches
teachers / students how to organize their idea of writing and story
. This program should help students with the M-Step testing.   http://www.jlpanagopoulos.com/online-writing-workshop.htm 

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.

If you have questions or need more information about interactive distance learning via video conferencing at the Macomb ISD, please contact Denise Jobe at DJobe@misd.net

Here is a short document on how technology is referenced in the in the common core standards put out by Beth Goff, Instructional Technology Specialist for Clover School District "Technology Skills Emedded the Common Core Standards".

8 x 11 pdf Printable Overview Poster of the Distance Learning Programs offered by the Macomb Intermediate School District

11 x 17 pdf Printable Overview Poster of the Distance Learning Programs offered by the Macomb Intermediate School District

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.

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


The 2016-2017 Interactive Distance Learning Schedule is below.  

Make sure to check out the new programs we have this year for arguing & persuasive writing for elementary students with Lisa Rivard and the "The Good Old Days Were Terrible" research program by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos for middle school grades. There is also a math program for 6th - 7th middle schoolers. Times are adapted for the middle school schedules. For more details go to the New 2016 - 2017 Interactive Distance Learning Programs tab above.

Updated Distance Learning Schedule for 2017 with the Gadget Works, Melving Fargo, Poems, and Janie Research Programs.

Please take advantage of the new programs we are offering this year.  The authors are all very excited to be part of our ASK program and want to give you the best of what they have to offer Macomb County students.

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!!!!  

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 Updated 2017 Schedule This schedule has been updated as of 1/11/2017

Find out more about ASK

8x11 pdf Printable Author, Specialist, Knowledge Poster to share and spread the word about this excellent educational offering

11x17 pdf Printable Poster for ASK Program

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.

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.

Click here for the Gadget Works 2016 - 2017 Schedule

Find out more about Gadget Works

8x11pdf Printable Gadget Works: Forces & Motion Flyer to share and spread the word about this excellent science educational offering

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 pay the $40.00 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.

Registration for the fall programs will tentatively open around October 1, 2016. Depending upon when the new TWICE web site is up and running. An email will be sent to all CAPSpace members once registration is officially open.

The Macomb TWICE/ASK 2016 -2017 Schedule

The Macomb TWICE/ASK Web Site

8x11 pdf Printable Flyer for the TWICE/ASK Program to share or spread the word about the excellent educational offering

11x17 pdf Printable Flyer Poster for the Macomb TWICE/ASK Offerings

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.


This is a "cheat sheet" on using the Macomb ISD's software accounts prepared by Brian Boudreau.

To help with the terminology used in video conferencing LifeSize has provided this free video conferencing glossary for you. Click here for a pdf copy to download.