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Sara Golinvaux


Cedar Rapids, U.S.A

Live curious, go beyond the 'normal'.


Areas of expertise: ALEKS, RAZ kids, SMART board

     Twitter Handle: @saragolinvaux

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DT Task Forces

posted Sep 7, 2016, 5:24 AM by Sara Golinvaux

The task force that I would be most interested in is the Blended Learning task force. I'm interested in this one because I think it's directly related to what I'm looking for as a DT. I would be able to talk about and bounce ideas on how to make our Haiku pages a living database of tools that are actually helpful for the students to learn content. I also feel like it will help me be more conscientious of how I am making my Haiku most helpful and interactive for student learning. 

D.T. visual representation

posted Aug 17, 2016, 5:16 AM by Sara Golinvaux   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 5:18 AM ]

The image that my team and I created to visually represent what I wanted from digital teachers this year was a pair of hands holding several different tools (screw driver, hammer, etc.). The reason we did this was because the hands were a representation for the leaders of this team that have a large bank of knowledge and skills that they can demonstrate and share with their D.T.s. Once we feel comfortable with those different tools we can think of ways to successfully implement them in the classroom to create a blended learning environment that helps enrich the curriculum for the students and allows us to go deeper in the content.
 

Disrupting Learning

posted Jun 1, 2016, 5:21 AM by Sara Golinvaux

We were asked to watch a TedTalk about Disrupting Learning by Holly Clark. One of my biggest takeaways is the importance of remaining an active learner as a teacher. As long as I am still looking for new trends and different class add ins, then I can still have the possibility of disrupting my students' learning.
Another key part was about binge learning. I don't think we leave enough of an opportunity for our students to do this, especially within the reading and writing portions of our curriculum. With the implementation of PBLs, however, I do feel that we are allowing more binge learning in socials and science. As our students are faced with a more open ended question or challenge, and without the teacher providing constant answers, they are in charge of their own learning. And if it takes them down a route they know very little about, it fosters the opportunity for them to ask questions and answer them on their own, and really learn as much as they can about topics that interest them. 

My Blend...

posted May 18, 2016, 5:15 AM by Sara Golinvaux

Question of the day is how blended learning is going in our classrooms. This was year one of our Blended Learning implementation, and we were asked to reflect on the following three questions:
"My blend looks like:"
"My blend sounds like:"
"My blend feels like:"
Here we go!
My blend looks like students having more access to curriculum and knowledge whenever they need and want it.
My blend sounds like students working collaboratively to grown and learn more. My team working to share ideas.
My blend feels like some state of panic as I never know how projects will go.

Thoughts on Google Expeditions

posted May 18, 2016, 5:13 AM by Sara Golinvaux

Wednesday, April 20, several digital teachers had the opportunity to bring their class to try out Google Expeditions, a 3D experience. I was one of those classes, and felt lucky to be able to participate. We had our time slot right after lunch, which was a bit disappointing because of time transitions, we had a bit less time than every other class. 
The Google guy began by introducing my students to the idea of Google Expeditions, and how it could take us anywhere we wanted on a virtual field trip during the school day. Immediately their interests were peaked. He started with sample places, such as Mars, the moon, under the ocean. The students loved it, shouting questions, wanting more, and wandering around the room. 
In all honesty, I had expected a bit more...It was a still shot that became 3D with the cardboards. I guess I had expected that things would be moving around them rather than staying still. I would have also liked experiencing being the teacher to see what the teacher sees while controlling the iPad, rather than only experiencing the student view. However, all in all it was a great experience, and I'm excited for when we get our cardboards to be able to incorporate more of these adventures!

Blended Learning Reflection

posted Apr 20, 2016, 5:18 AM by Sara Golinvaux   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 9:57 AM by Douglas Frankish ]


ASFM teachers met for their weekly staff development last Tuesday, April 12. The focus of this Tuesday's agenda was a reflection on how blended learning had worked in their team. Teams were asked to choose a tool and answer three questions: what was a success of the blended learning program, what was a struggle, and what was a next step in the time restriction of an hour. The grade three team knew that they wanted to use a tool that incorporated voice. Therefore, we chose to create a slideshow with a voice over using Screencastomatic. Using slideshow obviously hindered us as there had to be one point person that put the slideshow together, as it was not 'online.' A perk of using this allowed for us to insert pictures and click through the show, voicing over with important information we wanted to convey to the audience. Looking back, I would have tried something maybe more new or challenging to me, but it was a team decision, and under a time constraint, so it was more about going along with team choices.

Recording #4.mp4

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