CyberEd@MDIS – Our Distance Learning Program

About CyberEd@MDIS

CyberEd@MDIS is our standards-aligned, distance learning program developed and designed by MDIS instructional leadership and teachers. Our head start on planning this program back in February allowed us to launch our program on March 18th, 2020, thus maintaining continuity of education for our students as our physical campus closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Instruction and assignments are:

  • A hybrid of synchronous learning (live sessions) and asynchronous learning activities using a wide variety of technologies
  • Aligned with International Baccalaureate curriculum standards and pedagogical methods
  • Designed to help students develop in the areas of research skills, thinking skills, and communication skills, social skills, and self-management skills - Approaches to Learning that are part of the IB curriculum framework

Technology Integration

  • 1:1 Chromebooks - To implement transformative uses of technology while enhancing our students’ engagement with content and promoting the development of self-directed and lifelong learners.
  • Google Classrooms Learning Management System - All-in-one platform for planning, units of inquiry, student portfolios, reports, and family communication.
  • Google Applications & Other Software Integrations - Variety of online learning tools and programs to create and develop engaging lessons and assignments.
  • Online Gradebook - To provide assessment feedback and improve student achievement.
  • Online Textbooks - Access to most books online.
  • Security - GoGuardian integration to help provide insight into student online behavior and manage their learning.

Curriculum Framework

How have we transitioned our students to distance learning? By taking our IB Curriculum and shifting it to the needs of each program level.

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Primary Years Programme (PYP) - Grades 1-5

Our PYP students have daily AM and PM Work Sessions. Technology-enhanced, teacher-designed lessons are made available to students in pre-recorded formats, allowing them to work at their own pace, and review lessons as they need. Teachers are available via GoGuardian chat and/or Google Hangouts for support, guidance, and questions. In addition, PYP students have a built-in Enrichment Work Hour Daily to complete their Personal, Social, Physical Education (PSPE), Music, Spanish, Computer Science, Art, Library/Media, and STEM activities. 

Sample PYP CyberEd Class Schedule

Time/Class Description
8:30-10:30
AM Work Session
Pre-recorded lessons in core subjects that allow students to work at their own pace, with teachers available virtually for support and guidance.
10:30-11:30
Enrichment Work
Time allotted for students to complete their weekly assignments in their Enrichment subject areas such as Music, Spanish, Art, Computer Science, and Personal, Social & Physical Education (PSPE).
11:30-12:30
Lunch/Recess
Break for students to eat lunch and decompress. Students are encouraged to get fresh air or meet virtually with friends/classmates.
12:30-2:30
PM Work Session
Pre-recorded lessons in core subjects that allow students to work at their own pace, with teachers available virtually for support and guidance.
2:30-3:30
Coach Class
Teachers are available via video chat for additional help and support.
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Middle Years & Diploma Programmes (MYP & DP) - Grades 6-11

Our MYP and DP Students attend teacher-led daily virtual live sessions corresponding with their regular class schedules. All sessions are recorded and teachers begin with reviewing the previous class material, objectives, and lesson plans found in their Google Classroom. Google slides is a popular format that teachers use to walk students through the day's lesson step by step while incorporating Pear Deck to enhance interactive learning and to collect individualized data enabling teachers to measure the success of mastery. Lessons are a hybrid of direct instruction (plugged) and independent activities (unplugged) as developmentally appropriate.

Sample DP Grade 9 CyberEd Class Schedule

Time Live Session Class
8:00-8:55 Language & Literature
9:00-9:55 Math
10:00-10:55 INS/Design
11:00-11:50 Art/Music
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-12:55 Advisory/Teacher Chat
1:00-1:55 Chemistry
2:00-3:00 PE & Health/Spanish

Parent Engagement

Regular parent communication is critical to the success of our distance learning program.  We host weekly video calls with parents to answer questions and ensure aligned expectations. Weekly e-newsletters are sent to parents with updates regarding online learning and the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meets monthly via video conference. Parent volunteers are welcome to serve as Guest Readers for PYP and Guest Speakers for MYP/DP.

Interested in Learning More?

Schedule a Personal Tour or Attend an Open House to learn more about our shift to distance learning.