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Rachael Hull

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Screencasting 101 For Teachers

Did you ever think you’d be sharing your screen giving tutorials so much? Or at all? I’m pretty techy, but I didn’t even know that I COULD share my screen and take a recording of it until a couple months ago. I suppose I’ve watched enough webinars that I knew that’s how they did it,

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Edpuzzle Tutorial For Elementary Teachers

I will admit, I’m easily impressed with technology. The amount of cool things we can do now is something that I geek out over. In college, thousands of years ago, we learned that using technology meant showing your students how to find information on microfiche. If you don’t know what microfishe is, Google it. It’s

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What Is Flipgrid?

During e-learning, my stepdaughter had a Flipgrid assignment where she had to record an expository video with three steps. I told her that perhaps she could choose “Doing Your Laundry” as a topic. (Which I thought was HILARIOUS, by the way… and surprisingly not the project she chose…but I digress…) So as I was looking

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What Are Boom Cards?

I don’t know about you, but around March or April, it was hard to hold my first grader’s attention. I knew I needed to up my game. I’ve heard about Boom Learning, so I thought I’d give them a try. Once I did, I was hooked. So what are boom cards? This Boom Cards Tutorial

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Yes! You Can Use Google Classroom In First Grade!

To me, Google Classroom was something that my teenagers used for their classwork, and not something I’d dream of using with my first grade students. Enter Covid-19. All of a sudden, I knew I’d better come up with a plan and quick! Here is the fifth post on the Best Classroom apps you can use

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Classkick: A Review From A First Grade Teacher

In this third part of a blog series on the best classroom apps, let’s look at the Classkick app. Classkick started in 2013, but really has come to the forefront this past year.  My hope is after this, you’ll know if Classkick is right for you and your students. What does Classkick for teachers look

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Digital Platforms: Seesaw, ClassDojo, Remind, and Class Tag

You probably knew your future teaching-self would utilize technology in your classroom, but I don’t think anyone could imagine the pandemic of 2020. As I’m writing this, nobody really knows what returning to school in the fall will look like. What we do know is that we are going to need technology more than ever

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What is Interactive Writing?

Teaching an interactive writing lesson is a versatile way to differentiate and review past literacy skills. This method differs from modeled or shared writing in that the students write on the paper with the teacher. Since the students do the writing, they will take ownership of the text and as a result, they will both

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What is Close Reading?

Close reading is exactly as it sounds. It’s reading closely. Students will spend several days on one text, looking at the words the author uses and discussing the text’s meaning. This method of digging deeper into the text will prepare your students for independent analysis of a passage. A close reading definition by the website “We

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