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

  • student-designed and implemented projects to improve communities
  • generative AI for taking one’s academic game to the next level
  • school leadership, strategy, and morale
  • telling the stories of your school’s successes
  • digital media for learning and public relations
  • Google applications and other free tools for productivity and collaboration
  • motivation in an ever-changing 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.

Rushton is the author of Making Your School Something Special and Making Your Teaching Something Special, both from DBC Books. Additionally, Rushton wrote Technology, Teamwork, and Excellence, published by NCEA.

His earnings from these books help support Next Vista for Learning.

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Rushton’s keynotes from the last decade include TETC in Nashville, METC in St. Louis, ICE in Chicago, NCTIES in Raleigh, NETC in Omaha, LACUE in New Orleans, UCET in Salt Lake City, TICAL in Little Rock, FETC in Orlando, TEACH! in South Africa, LNDTC in Portland, MACUL in Grand Rapids, ACTEM in Augusta, as well as international summits in Singapore, Mumbai, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Montreal, Stockholm, Dublin, Cape Town, Toronto,├é┬áCalgary, Lima, Sao Paulo, and Costa Rica, along with numerous events around the United States and online.