An Independent School • Grades 5-12

This cheat sheet offers a rundown of common remote learning lingo. Still can't figure something out, or have a term we forgot? Email us at and we'll add it to the list!

Asynchronous learning: Learning activities where students don’t have to be online at the same time as their classmates.

The Daily: Daily email newsletters sent to Middle School students with important information including schedules, “Hey Middle School” videos, messages from school counselors, club meetings, and additional resources. 

Mechanical Bull: Email newsletter sent to Upper School students on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with important information including policies, club announcements, messages from counselors, and additional resources.

PowerSchool Learning: Lakeside’s learning management system used by students and teachers. Both class content and remote learning resources are available on PowerSchool.

Remote learning: While campus is closed, Lakeside students are engaged in both asynchronous and synchronous online learning.

Synchronous learning: Synchronous learning activities bring students together online at the same time, like hosting an online discussion or activity during the school day. If students cannot participate in the synchronous activity, they do have an opportunity to learn the material in another way; however, some synchronous activities, like class discussion, cannot be recreated. 

Teams: Microsoft Teams is Lakeside’s platform for online synchronous learning and teaching.

Virtually Lakeside: A weekly emailed update for parents and guardians from Lakeside administrators.

Zoom: A videoconferencing platform that integrates with Microsoft Teams, and is used for larger virtual meetings.