Leslie Fisher will present four sessions on Wednesday and Thursday and three on Friday. Read more about the sessions below.
“All About The Rocketbook”
This session is designed to give an overview of what the Rocketbook is, how it works, tips and tricks, and how teachers, educators, and administrators are using the Rocketbook in education. You will also learn about Rocketbook Beacons which turn any surface (especially whiteboards) into a Rocketbook enabled surface. Leslie will also be offering Rocketbooks and Beacons available for purchase. How handy is that!
“Google You Might Not Know About (Complete With Tips and Tricks)”
Part interesting / stories as well as resource discovery. In the session you will discover some of Google’s more obscure apps, sites and solutions. You will also hear some stories about Google’s early days, hear some fun Google stories as well as discover some unique things about the company.
“Tools You Can Use Tomorrow”
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.
“The Group Smackdown”
This class is all about YOU! Bring your favorite website, app, gadget, whatever and be prepared to show the audience how awesome it is while learning about other awesome items from your fellow audience members.
“Creating Your Own Google Expeditions”
Google Expeditions has been quite popular in today’s classroom and for good reason. Google Expeditions lets a teacher take their students all over the world visually and with talking points about what the students are viewing.
With the release and update of Google Tour Creator, Teachers and Students can now create their own Google Expeditions with Google Tour Creator.
This session will introduce you to Google Tour Creator and how it can be used to create 360 degree tours. Tours can be as simple as using existing 360 images found online or made easily using Google Street View and / or a 360 camera.
We will overview it all in this session. How to take your own 360 degree images easily, how to create a tour in Google Tour Creator easily (even if you did not create your own 360 images) and how to take your tour and share it to Google Expeditions.
“Augment Your Reality. What’s New?”
Know about Augmented Reality but curious about newer apps and solutions? This session is for you! This session will assume you have a base knowledge about Augmented Reality and will focus on some of the newer solutions out there. Both solutions in and out of the classroom will be discussed and some even demonstrated.
Whether you have been to Leslie’s gadget class before or you are brand new, this class is for you if you are a gadget head that likes to bring new ideas into the classroom. The past year has seen some great innovations, especially in the field of technology so get ready to have some fun and learn about all the bright shiny new websites, apps and gadgets that are currently rocking our world.
“Leftovers With Leslie”
This class will go over as many gadgets, apps and websites that Leslie was unable to show at her other sessions at the conference because she ran out of time. Think of it as the island of Leslie’s misfit but important content!
This is a tradition, only happens at GaETC and as of now, a total guess! This class will overview all of the new features in iOS 13 (assuming it is called that, released, etc before the conference) I have no idea what the feature are at the time of this typing. If iOS 13 is not released and this session is indeed added we will simply have a party while playing with our iOS devices.
“Going Rogue With Microsoft”
Many people do not know that the majority of Microsoft’s offerings are not only free for teachers and students but also work on the majority of platforms used in the classroom today. Even Chromebooks and iPhones.
This session will overview how even if your school or district is not an Office 365 school how you can sign up, access and deploy Office 365 and other Microsoft products for free in your classroom today and have it running on a multitude of device types. We will also overview some of the products and introduce you to some great unique features within them that are assisting students today.
“Tips, Tricks and Hidden Stuff in Office 365”
Microsoft has done some pretty impressive things to their Office 365 suite. It’s filled with features many people do not even know about. Some of these features can make a big impact on teachers and students right away. On top of that, it’s free!
This session is all about the coolest features and hidden gems in Office 365. Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and some other helpful products will be discussed and demonstrated. Accessibility, AI / Intelligence and other topics will be demonstrated as well.
Did you know Office 365 is also BYOD friendly? It even works on Chromebooks and is free for teachers and students!
“The Microsoft I Did Not Know About”
As a multi-year Apple veteran still happily using Apple products and an educational landscape filled with Chromebooks I did not pay as much attention to Microsoft as I should have.
That changed in August of 2018 when Microsoft invited me up to their campus to show me all of the unique things they have available to educators. On top of it, I discovered a great group of people with a desire and focus to help out educators.
This session will overview the Microsoft I did not know about and as I have discovered this past year of presenting, many others do not know exist either. Many of the solutions I show in this session have had considerable positive impact on both students and teachers. Immersive Reader, Seeing AI, Microsoft Translator, BYOD / Chromebook Office 365 and a few others will be discussed and demonstrated. Even better? Everything discussed and demonstrated is free!
Leslie Fisher’s 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.