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Shake Up Learning Show

Aug 13, 2019

Is Microsoft making a comeback in education?

Today’s guest is the gadget guru herself Leslie Fisher. I brought Leslie to the show to answer the EdTech community’s biggest question, is Microsoft making a comeback in education? You won’t want to miss our chat about what’s new with Microsoft, and some of Leslie’s other favorite tools and gadgets. 

First things first, we share why #youarenotmyfriend has been generating buzz and lay to rest rumors of any EdTech in-fighting. We are friends and we are definitely happily connected colleagues.

For several years the response I’ve given when teachers ask me about Microsoft is that I’ve been waiting for them to catch up. Leslie shares their innovative developments with the Immersive Reader and how they have integrated it with Flipgrid, how Microsoft Forms is helping math teachers create intuitive quizzes, and the various other apps and gadgets that she uses on a daily basis.

This conversation was packed with fantastic information about Microsoft’s newest products and others that have been around and have gotten a reboot. Is Microsoft making a comeback? After this conversation, I think the answer is yes. What are your thoughts?, 

In This Episode:

[00:29] - Welcome back! Today’s guest is Leslie Fisher, the gadget guru. 

[01:52] - Shout out to the to Robinson ISD and China Spring ISD where Kasey just delivered a keynote for convocation.

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[02:32] - Kasey shares a question from the Shake Up Learning Community, specifically from a member of the summer book study:

“What would you say to a student who said, “If he [the teacher] doesn’t know the answer to that question then he shouldn’t be teaching and I’m not going to take him seriously?”

Kasey’s Response: 

I would say we live in a time where things are changing at an exponential pace and we can’t be experts in everything. But we can be are expert learners and show them the importance of being able to find their own answers and solve their own problems. The number one skill students will need to survive in this ever-changing world is the ability to adapt and teach themselves new skills.

**This episode is NOT sponsored by Microsoft**

[06:17] - Kasey welcomes Leslie to the show and they clear the air about an incident at a conference in February. #youarenotmyfriend

[10:57] - Leslie shares her philosophy on creating presentations and keeping up with tech.

[15:01] - Microsoft is making their way back and Leslie shares her feelings on this shift.

[17:45] - Learn about Microsoft Immersive Reader and how it supports all learners.

[21:08] - Where can you find and use Immersive Reader? 

[25:48] - How Microsoft is using forms to help teachers create math quizzes.

[28:34] - Leslie provides insight into how Microsoft approaches the creation of their tools.

[30:59] - What tech would Leslie gravitate toward if she was a student today? 

[36:19] - Learn about the Rocketbook and companion app from Leslie.

[40:32] - Connect with Leslie! 

Podcast Question of the Week

[42:42] - Kasey shares the podcast questions of the week: 

Name two new tools from this episode that you want to try in your classroom. 

Post your answer to your favorite social media platform using the hashtag #ShakeUpLearning, or share it in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook!

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[44:29] - Thank you for listening! Please subscribe to the podcast, and leave a review on iTunes. (Bonus points if you use  the word “y’all” in your review!)

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

The Shake Up Learning Show

The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook

Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study!

Merge Cube

Microsoft Immersive Reader

Flipgrid Immersive Reader

Wakelet Immersive Reader

Math Helper Microsoft Forms

Leslie’s Rocketbook




Leslie on Twitter: @lesliefisher

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