Speaking

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.

  • school leadership, strategy, and morale
  • digital media for learning and public relations
  • Google applications and other free tools for productivity and collaboration
  • 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.

Rushton is the author of Making Your School Something Special from EdTechTeam Press, as well as Making Your Teaching Something Special, released in the summer of 2017.

A portion of his earnings from both books help support Next Vista for Learning.

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Rushton’s keynotes from recent years include TETC 2010 in Nashville, METC 2011 in St. Louis, ICE 2011 in Chicago, NCTIES 2011 in Raleigh, NETC 2011 in Omaha, LACUE 2011 in New Orleans, UCET 2012 in Salt Lake City, TICAL 2013 in Little Rock, FETC 2014 in Orlando, TEACH! 2014 in South Africa, LNDTC 2015 in Portland, MACUL 2016 in Grand Rapids, ACTEM 2017 in Augusta, as well as EdTechTeam’s international summits in Singapore (2012), Mumbai (2013), Tokyo (2013), Kuala Lumpur (2013), Montreal (2014), Cape Town (2015), Toronto (2015), Calgary (2015), Lima (2017), Sao Paulo (2017), and Costa Rica (2017), along with numerous events around the United States.