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.
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.
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.
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:
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.