Just another Monday… & (weekend recap) 

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We got a new puppy over the weekend so adjusting to her has been a change but she is a great new addition! I also decided to add a lil color to my hair with some red underneath and a couple peek-a-boo spots! I am pretty happy with the results. Riley and his team won their last outdoor soccer game Saturday and I  started to feel “better” so that is good. Today was a fairly usual gloomy fall morning, lots of drizzle and dark most of the day…. but overall it didn’t turn out to be a bad day…. 

What I learned today:

  • People will appear as helpless or competent as they choose depending on who they are talking to….
  • Our students are amazing and intelligent! I interviewed one of our 9th graders today about her experience in her 1:1 classes and her overall opinion of technology. (It was awesome and I look forward to talking to more students) 
  • Classcraft is making really positive changes in our 7th grade ELA class!! I walked into get a couple shots of students FA working and to check in with and felt how the climate of the classroom has changed… It has been less than 2 weeks and I can see and feel it in the class I observed! 
  • Digital Promise is pretty awesome! We met with 3 coaches all well versed in education and technology implementation who really illicited some great conversation for some stakeholders in OKCPS and our ETS team. 
  • I am super lucky to be a part of our OKCPS ETS team!! We truly are a great group of intelligent, passionate educators.   

 
This is Riley (my 7 yr old) and Layla our 7 week old Rottsky! 

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About April Gutafson

April Gustafson wants to live in a world where every person, young and old has one piece of technology to enhance their learning, collaborating, and understanding. As an Educational Technology Integration Specialist (ETIS) for Oklahoma City Public Schools, she has the awesome job of coaching the eight teachers who received a cart of 30 Chromebooks for their classes as a part of the John Marshall 1:1 Initiative. She has been a middle and high school science teacher at John Marshall the last five years, where she received the honor of the 2015 teacher of the year for her building and was a top nine finalist in the district. She is a Google user and believer, taking every opportunity to show and share her Google love! When she’s not scouring the Earth for new Ed Tech tools or coaching awe-inspiring teachers, you can find her listening to an array of paranormal audiobooks or binge watching television shows with family. Discover her favorite tech tools, videos and links go to http://tinyurl.com/AGustafson or follow her on Twitter @April2383. Mother, a devoted girlfriend, teacher, learner, ed tech nerd and the rest just follows... Living, Laughing, Loving!

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