Leslie Fishers interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.

In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple’s road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.

Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting technology solutions for educators as well as Digital Photography, editing and workflow.

Check out these sessions that Leslie will present at GaETC Connect!Microsoft Teams  (Live only – no recording)

1.  This session will dig down deep into some of the tips, tricks and hidden features of Microsoft Teams. We will be talking about how to setup up and manage meetings and calls to make sure your meeting runs smoothly, overview assignments to make sure you using all of the features it offers, make sure you know some of the hidden features in communication, apps and chat and if time allows much more! 

2.  Tools You Can Use Tomorrow Remote / Hybrid (Live only – no recording)

What a fantastic time to be using technology in the classroom! The amount of free, affordable and downright cool solutions is amazing! This class will introduce you to some top Websites, Apps and Tools you can start using in your classroom tomorrow. We will also take a peek into the future at some technology that might be part of your classroom in the future.

3.  Solutions that Drive Online Engagement and Interaction

In a remote learning environment and want to make online time together a little more interactive? This presentation will overview some of the online tools you can use to help keep your group of online students, teachers, etc. engaged. We will look at popular titles such as Flipgrid and Kahoot but also take a look at the unsung heros of Pear Deck, Zeetings and if time allows a few more titles. This is a class about interaction, so, be prepared to well, possibly interact!

4.  Top Gadgets for Your Remote Learning Life

Sitting in your closet, kitchen or some other place you never thought you would need to use professionally? Maybe you lucked out and have an actual office for your new full time or part time online life. Either way, if you like gadgets that can possibly upgrade your remote life this session is for you. We will look at hardware, software and thatches’ that can help you be more effective. Video, Lighting, device stands, mobile and desktop utilities as well as miscellaneous items will be discussed. Just like my regular session – hide your wallet. This might be a little costly but oh so hopefully helpful.

5.  The Kahoot You Might Not Know About

There is a really good chance you know Kahoot, but, do you really know Kahoot? I often surprise people when I show Kahoot, so, I figured lets have a whole session about it! This session is going to assume you know the basics of Kahoot. We will head straight into a deep dive of some more unknown Kahoot features. We will go over Challenge Mode, Preview Mode, Question Bank, Sharing to classroom management systems and a heck of a lot more. We will also take a quick look at Kahoot Premium so you can get a feel for it as well.

6.  Wakelet. Ride The Wave

Wakelet allows you to gather content from multiple media types to share a story, provide references to learn about something and so much more. Many people have heard about Wakelet, but one really needs to see it to understand how cool it is. Especially in this time of remote and hybrid learning. I consider Wakelet one of the core solutions an educator can use in their classroom during this unique time. The educator can use it to share content and students can use it as well. It serves so many uses. So, let’s check out Wakelet. We will explore all of the great things Wakelet has to offer. We will overview how Wakelet got started, how to create a Wakelet. How educators and students are using Wakelet in their classrooms and how you can discover the multitude of Wakelets out there that you can use in your classroom right away. You will also see some of the hidden features of Wakelet such as easy collaboration, adding video, social media as well as support for Immersive Reader and a new features called spaces which makes collaborating with students and your PLN even more streamline and powerful.

7.  EdPuzzle and Remote / Hybrid Learning

Edpuzzle is a video platform where the educator can share videos with their students. Shared videos can come from a variety of sources (as long as those sites are allowed by your location) and the educator can add their own voice as well as question set into the video. Educators can also create class accounts, assign and collect content directly from edpuzzle. Edpuzzle has its roots in Flipped Classroom and grew from there due to its easy to use rich feature set. Now, with remote and hybrid learning it is being discovered and utilized more than ever and with great reason. It’s a solution that I would want to make sure educators are aware about during our current unique teaching and learning environment.