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!
App Smashing Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is a versatile app that is currently being used by over 44 million people daily. Did you know you could actually add apps / websites directly into Teams as a tab? Your students can interact with the content without ever leaving teams and you can even use the assignments feature in Teams to assign third party content without ever leaving Teams.
This session will overview some of the more popular apps that are currently being used to app smash in Teams. We will be looking at how to deploy each app in Teams as well as show you an overview of the app and how it works within the Teams environment. Solutions such as Flipgrid, Pear Deck, Kahoot, Merge EDU, Wakelet and more will show, discussed and demonstrated.
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.
The Flipgrid You Might Not Know About
Flipgrid is awesome. My hope is you already have discovered that. In the simplicity of Flipgrid lies some really great features you might not know about. So many that it deserves it own presentation! This session will dig deep into all of the Flipgrid features you might not know about. We will look at the video recorder and how it offers unique features that will amplify both you and your students Flipgrid experience. Did you know there is a pretty decent screen recorder in Flipgrid that allows you to save independently from Flipgrid? Have you heard about MixTapes? GridPals? Disco Library? Do you know why Flipgrid was started? If any of this is new to you then you might have an enjoyable and educational time in this session.
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.
Google Classroom. Nuts. Bolts. Accessories.
This session will not only introduce you to Google Classroom (and why teachers are using it) but also show you how to set up and deploy Google Classroom. We will also look at some of the best third party educational titles that support Google Classroom and how to add them then finish the session up with come Google Classroom Tips and Tricks.
The Google You Might Not Know About
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
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!
Microsoft, Accessibility and Inclusivity for everyone!
Accessibility solutions get assistance to where assistance is needed most. In the process it turns out that everyone can benefit from accessibility solutions. This session will overview Microsoft accessibility solutions which are waiting for you or someone you care about right now in a variety of Microsoft solutions. We will look at tools for Reading, Writing, Math and Communication in products such as Microsoft Word, OneNote, PowerPoint as well as some apps such as Seeing AI and Microsoft Translator.
Microsoft and Remote Learning
In the time of a pandemic that called for remote learning many parents and educators discovered the many solutions that Microsoft has to keep teachers, students and parents connected to each other and learning from home. This session will overview the top solutions Microsoft offers to help with remote learning. We will be overviewing Microsoft Teams, Flipgrid, Microsoft Stream, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Forms and review how they have helped and will help when the classroom needs to function within the living room, home office, etc.
Seeaw. ClassDojo. Remote Learning
During the surge into Remote Learning I heard from many teachers that Seesaw and / or Class Dojo was helping them with keeping in contact with their younger students.
This session will overview both Seesaw and ClassDojo and show you the many features they offer especially in the area of Remote Learning. We will also hear some success stories from teachers who use these tools to keep better in touch with their remote students and classroom.
This session is not about using these two solutions together (unless you want to) Its just a good opportunity to overview two different solutions in this space so you can learn more about them and evaluate if you want to learn more about one or both.
Solutions That Drive Online Engagement and Interaction
In a remote leaning 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!
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.
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.