Rushton Hurley 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.
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Rapid Change and Why Now is a Great Time to Teach
It seems our world is one in which what we couldn't imagine last week is obsolete next week. But what we accomplish at our best is timeless. Technology allows us to become the kind of explorers who can be at their best more often than not. This presentation will get you reconnected to the passions that brought you to teaching in the first place.
Creativity, Inspiration, and Excellence
Our students are capable of much more than we often assume. Pulling from them that which we can all celebrate requires creative thinking about how we use technology, how we work with time, and how we create connections with peers around the globe. Join in the exploration of what we can accomplish when we unshackle them—and ourselves.
Connecting with Students: What's Changed and What Hasn't
As teachers, we all want to inspire our students to learn dynamically and become excited about their future possibilities. Technology certainly has a role to play, but confusion about what it can and should do in our professional lives creates barriers to exploring technology's role more effectively. This session explores that divide and points to possibilities for making our work more effective for students and more fun for teachers.
Hordes of Free Technologies and Their Power for Learning
In looking at tools and resources that are free, we're not simply thinking about budgets!. These tools allow students to explore new possibilities and teachers to climb to the next professional level. Learn what's new, why it matters to teachers, and how what's there can improve your classroom and your school.
iPads, Androids, Chromebooks, laptops — Which Device?
Desktops came to our schools and classrooms slowly. Laptops began to complement and then replace desktops on many campuses. Now mobile technologies, both established and in development, are promising to create opportunities for integrating tech into learning and to change how we think about education like never before. In this session, attendees will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of devices, as well as what larger issues to have in mind as they consider 1:1 programs for their schools.
Getting Teachers to Adopt Technology — What To and Not To Do
Some are ready, some want no part, and the rest need inspiration and direction, in that order. This session includes suggestions on what to and not to do regarding resources and funds, building collaboration and promotion of schools and programs, and pulling the inner technophile out of even the most technophobic. The presentation will include information on training, implementation, equipment, and funding.
Simple Video Projects Using iPads and the iMovie App
In this session, you'll learn how the iMovie app can be the basis of an engaging project that pushes students to go from just wanting to complete the activity to doing it well. Attendees will see examples of work from projects with students in Colima, Mexico, and Birmingham, England. This approach can be used with multiple subjects at any grade level.
The Magic of Digital Media for Engaging Learning
You discover how much you know when you try to teach. Getting students to do this with digital video is not only fun for them and you, but helps them focus on revision powerfully in order to craft the very best piece possible. Find out what you can do to help students learn to effectively critique, plan, and create digital media. The presenter will cover logistics and implementation, show sample student work, and provide template material for how to get started.