Next Vista for Learning is focused on helping teachers and students share insights creatively using technology. Digital media apps and software and other modern tools for exploration and collaboration can help teachers see new possibilities for their students and themselves.

Feel free to contact us about dates and fees if your school, district, organization, conference, or other gathering would benefit from having Rushton Hurley or another member of the Next Vista for Learning team visit to speak about any of the topics below.

  • digital media for learning and public relations
  • Google applications and other free tools for productivity and collaboration
  • technology for staff morale and exploration
  • possibilities with mobile technologies
  • motivation in the modern world

Rushton Hurley

The lead speaker and trainer for Next Vista for Learning is Rushton Hurley, who has been a Japanese language teacher, a principal of an online high school, a teacher trainer, an educational technology researcher, and a school reform consultant.

A brief bio of Rushton HurleyRushton is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. His graduate research at Stanford University included using speech recognition technology with beginning students of Japanese in computer-based role-playing scenarios for developing language skills. In the 1990s his work with teenagers at a high school in California led him to begin using internet and video technologies to make learning more active, helping him reach students who had struggled under more traditional approaches.

In 2005, Rushton began speaking at conferences to help teachers working to discover what digital media and other technologies could do for their classes. In the last eight years, Rushton has trained teachers and other professionals in North America, Europe, and Asia, presenting at regional and national conferences. His fun and thoughtful talks center on the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology, as well as professional perspectives in a changing world.

The video below is a talk Rushton gave to a group of teachers from the Twin Rivers School District in California in 2013.

Creativity & Inspiration: Educational Tools & Resources on the Evolving Internet

In addition to being a regular featured speaker at ISTE and FETC, Rushton has keynoted many events in recent years, including TETC in Nashville, SD TIE in Rapid City, METC in St. Louis, ICE in Chicago, NCTIES in Raleigh, MACUL in Detroit, NETC in Omaha, LACUE in New Orleans, UCET in Salt Lake City, MACUL in Grand Rapids, WEMTA in Wisconsin, TICAL in Little Rock, the Google Apps for Education Summits in Singapore (2012), Mumbai (2012), Tokyo (2013), Cape Town (2013), and Kuala Lumpur (2013). Internationally, Rushton has also spoken at trainings and conferences in Mexico, Italy, Ireland, Bahrain, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, England, and the Philippines. He will serve as the closing keynote speaker for FETC 2014 in Orlando.