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Encouraging Student Voice and Choice in the Classroom

Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Encouraging Student Voice and Choice in the Classroom

Presented by Richard Tso, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, PowerPoint, 3D and Inking; and Lauren Pittman, Special Education Teacher
Hosted by Adam Short Shorts (aka Adam Parker Goldberg), Flipgrid Director of Community Engagement at Microsoft

Sponsored by Microsoft Education

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Encouraging students to share their voice and express their learning in relevant ways is critical to today’s diverse classrooms. As many teachers understand, students who have autonomy over their learning and an ability to voice themselves, are more engaged in their learning process and present in the classroom. Not only does this benefit them throughout life, it also makes the classroom experience more engaging and fun!

In this edWebinar, hear about amazing tools for student creation that enable students to express their unique voices. Learn how to use time-tested tools like PowerPoint in new and exciting ways. We also show you a student favorite: Sway, an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. Additionally, we share tips and tricks for student video creation. Plus, hear how you can leverage Flipgrid to encourage students to verbalize their learning and engage in social learning.

This recorded presentation will be of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, and school leaders. This recorded edWebinar will prepare you with tools your students will be excited to use!


Richard Ts0About the Presenters

Richard L. Tso leads marketing for PowerPoint, Inking and 3D at Microsoft. He is passionate about education and understanding how people genuinely use technology in their daily lives. Prior to Microsoft, Richard served in various roles including VP of Marketing and VP of Communications at startups and was on the Music in Education team at Yamaha Corporation of America. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology with a concentration in child and adolescent development and media education.


Lauren Pittman is a special education teacher with 12 years’ experience working with students with exceptionalities. She is a graduate of Berry College in Rome, GA and holds a degree in early childhood education and certifications in general special education and adaptive special education as well as an ESOL and math endorsement. She is currently working on completing her Master of Education degree with a concentration in special education – high incidence at Vanderbilt University. As a champion for accessibility and inclusion in today’s classrooms, Lauren travels around the country presenting at schools and conferences on the importance of inclusion and how to leverage technology to meet student needs.


About the Host

Adam Parker Goldberg works on Flipgrid’s Engagement Team. Flipgrid is Microsoft’s video discussion platform for educators and students around the world. Integral to Flipgrid’s success is the incredible Flipgrid Educator community which actively carries out the mission to “empower every individual to share their voice and respect the diverse voices of others” and directly impacts the design and creation of Flipgrid features. The Engagement Team serves as a catalyst among and between the community and the product. They share, celebrate, and showcase the ways educators engage, empower, and amplify #StudentVoice. In addition to doing this daily via Twitter and email, Adam loves visiting schools on #FlipgridBusTour adventures and connecting with educators at conferences.


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Microsoft in Education’s mission is to empower every student and educator to achieve more. The core of this mission is to create immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, stimulate development of essential life skills, and support educators in guiding and nurturing student passions.


Monday, July 15, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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