Teach remotely at the lower school

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Use Quicktime Player to record lessons

QuickTime player is an application already installed on your Mac. The application allows you to record your computer screen. It also allows you to record yourself using the built-in camera on your Mac. Use Quicktime to record yourself reading a book or demonstrating a lesson.

To record a Movie

  1. Launch Quicktime Player and choose File, New Movie Recording
  2. Click the dropdown menu next to the record button to ensure your Facetime camera and internal microphone options are selected
  3. Click the red record button
  4. Once you're recording, you can stop by clicking the small "stop recording" button in your menu bar. (Top right corner of your screen close to your Clock):
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  5. Share your Quicktime recording by:
  6. Click File -> Save

To record my Screen

  1. Launch QuickTime Player and choose File, New Screen Recording.
  2. Click the drop-down menu next to the record button to select microphone options. If your computer is running a newer operating system (10.14 or higher) your screen recording icon will be the gray bar to the right. Check your microphone options by clicking the options dropdown.
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  3. Now when you click the record button, the screen will display these directions (for choosing what part of the screen you want to record).
  4. Once you're recording, you can stop recording by clicking the small "stop recording" button in your menu bar. It looks like this:
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  5. Share your QuickTime recording by:
  6. Click File->Save

Note: If you are using Mac OS Catalina (10.15), you will need to authorize “Screen Recording” in your system preferences before the screen sharing feature will work. Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Screen Recording, and authorize Google Chrome (or whatever browser you are using.

Upload and Share in Google Drive

Note: Videos will be processed by Google, and available for viewing, usually within 15 minutes. It will be available for download by the person you share it with immediately.

Upload & view files

On your computer, you can upload from drive.google.com or your desktop. You can upload files into private or shared folders.

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com
  2. Navigate to correct grade level folder
  3. At the top left, click New and then File Upload
  4. Choose the file you want to upload

Drag files into Google Drive

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com
  2. Navigate to correct grade level folder
  3. To upload files, drag them into the Google Drive folder

Share files

You can give other people a link to your file so that you don't have to add email addresses when you share your folder.

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com
  2. Navigate to correct grade level folder
  3. Click the file you want to share
  4. Click Share Add people
  5. Next to "Anyone at Riverdale with the link," click the Down arrow Down Arrow to find "Anyone with the link"
  6. Choose to allow people to view only
  7. Copy and paste the link into the grade level documents

Zoom for Community Connections

Please see the Zoom & Calendly slide deck shared with you.

See this document for Suggested Norms for Synchronous Student Meetings

Tips for Recording Videos and Hosting Video Conferences

When recording videos and hosting online conferences please keep in mind the following:

  • Location - Check your surroundings
  • Sit in a location with good lighting
  • Set yourself up for success - Dress for success
  • It's OK to make a mistake! - It shows we are human
  • Make it personal

Establish video conference norms with your families. Some examples may include:

  • Ask families to mute their mic. This will ensure there is no feedback during your read-aloud.
  • Use the Chat feature for families to ask questions


Video-conferences work well when one person is talking at a time; when many people are talking simultaneously, it becomes difficult to hear or understand anyone at all. We obviously want our students to participate fully in synchronous, online class sessions, but you may want to establish norms about how students should “raise their hands” before speaking. As a teacher is far less likely to see an actual raised hand in a video-conference, it may be helpful to ask students to type something into the shared chat if they would like to speak.

Remote Learning Naming Conventions & File Structure

All material created should be saved in the remote learning folder, Remote Learning materials should be named using the conventions listed below:

Read Alouds (Book Title - Teacher) Ex: The Hungry Caterpillar - MsVanessa

Mini Lesson (Subject R,W,M Week Title) Ex: R W1 Summarizing

Morning Greeting (Day, MG Team Name) Ex: 03-03 MG Spanish Team

Activities/PDF's (Subject R,W,M Week Title) Ex: Math W1 Arrays

Digital Learning Platforms