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Put the ownership of learning into the hands of the students. Based on the progress assessment from the AdvanceEd Accreditation Report (Improvement Priority 3), we know that we need to increase the student use of technology for learning in the classroom. There are just not enough students using the technology we have, and on August 7th, we hope to start our teachers on the path of changing some of that. This will be a great opportunity for teachers to start the school year with a dynamic training event before school begins!

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Download Rushton's Opening Keynote HERE

Welcome Message from Keynote Speaker

 Rushton Hurley

Opening Keynote
Making Technology Mean Something - 
to Our Students and Ourselves

How do we get students to move from doing what's asked, to asking more of themselves? Much of how we conduct our classes now is built on assumptions that we feel will bring out the best in our students, but on closer examination, is counter-productive for many and perhaps most of them. In this talk, we'll look at some of the questions we all ask, and let those questions guide us to seeing ourselves in a new light. 

Closing Keynote 
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Making Your School Something Special

We live in a special time. Opportunities abound for our staff and students to make what happens in your campus' classrooms more engaging and effective, and teachers are much closer to making great things happen with technology than they typically know. How teachers and leaders together foster an exploratory and collaborative professional environment will determine whether you take advantage of these opportunities to substantially enrich the experiences of the students and professional team at your school. 

Rushton 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 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.

August 7, 2015

8:00AM - 2:30PM
Check-In Begins at 7:00AM

Parking is limited so please carpool.

Park Vista Community High School