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Information on Distance Learning for Educators

Despite the closure of schools, teaching and learning in Miami-Dade County Public Schools continues uninterrupted thanks to the support of our parents, community and full M-DCPS staff. Below is information provided to assist you conduct distance learning. The information below may be updated throughout time, therefore please check back regularly to view any updated material.


Microsoft Teams


 

Communication is essential to online learning. The District’s preferred communications platform is Microsoft Teams, with M-DCPS having over 19,000 users (students and teachers) on the platform prior to school closures and 80,000 users to-date. Microsoft Teams is located in the Employee and Student Portals through the Office 365 button. Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, and assignments together in one place. Teams integrates all of the Microsoft Office 365 applications (Excel, Forms, OneNote, PowerPoint, Sway, Word, etc.) available to students and teachers to facilitate collaboration. *Teachers may opt to use any one of a variety of communications tools to reach and connect with their students. Teachers are using ClassDojo, Edmodo, and Remind amongst others. The district has put together two Miami-Dade specific guides for getting started with Teams, see below.

Quick Guide Recommended Course MS TEAMS Webinars

Zoom


 

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing platform that can be used for video conferencing meetings, audio conferencing, webinars, meeting recordings, and live chat. This year, the number of Zoom users has grown rapidly surrounding concerns for coronavirus (COVID-19), and many district teachers are among the new users opting to use the free version of Zoom as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and school closures. AVOID ZOOMBOMBING! ----DO NOT USE THE FREE, PERSONAL VERSION OF ZOOM - USE THE M-DCPS ENTERPRISE VERSION In order to protect students and teachers from intruders (ZoomBombing) during Zoom teleconferences, the District has purchased the enterprise version of Zoom. The Zoom application is now available within Microsoft Teams which is one of the Office 365 tools and requires users to use single sign-on credentials for authentication via the student and teacher portals. Use the quick guide to get setup.

Quick Guide Securing Your Zoom Meeting How to Switch to Enterprize (pro)


RECOMMENDED GRADING PROCEDURES FOR 2019-2020 QUARTER 4 AND FINAL GRADES

The District’s efforts with this guidance document are to address, as best we can, the variability in access and inherent biases in grading. This is the best possible way to protect our students from harm and to honor their hard work under extremely difficult circumstances while not penalizing anyone for factors outside their control.

The following principles guided the development of the document and reflect our commitment to advancing equity:

  1. Ensure that the negative impact of the school closures on students is minimized;
  2. Keep students engaged in learning;
  3. Engage families as partners in supporting their children;
  4. Meet the state’s requirement to make a good faith effort in providing meaningful high school credit-bearing opportunities; and
  5. Promote common expectations across all schools.

Grading Procedures


Professional Development

The Office of Academics and Transformation is providing Professional Development (PD) for the Instructional Continuity Plan. Access the PD by clicking below or logging into the dadeschools employee portal.


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Instructional Continuity Plan 2.0

The Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP) 2.0 provides guidance and support for an extended period of school closure. ICP clarifies the roles of students, teachers, and families relative to distance learning, as well as the different options teachers have for content delivery.


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Internet Access Resources

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has worked with its partners to provide parents, students and employees with options for accessing internet services. Take a look at the different options below.




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