@Visual Literacy

Determined to raise the bar on educational communications and improve teachers’ ability to effectively present their ideas, I conduct workshops on the neglected half of communication: the visual. A few simple rules and guidelines from graphic arts can transform any printed or screen-based project into a WOW! attention getting project. Presentation and Workshop design | Graphic Design Resources | Visual Literacy Weekly

@People Breaking Out of the Box

Rushton Hurley
Rushton is the lead speaker and trainer for Next Vista for Learning. He 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. 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 NextVista.orgRushton is a friend and colleague who inspires excellence.

Sylvia Duckworth
Sylvia is an avid sketchnoter, AIM French teacher, techno-geek, and Google Certified Innovator with more than 30 years of teaching experience in the public and independent systems. She loves interacting with other educators, so please contact her. I met Sylvia at ISTE 2016 where she enthusiastically shared her sketchnote stylus with me for a test run on my iPad.

Dave Burgess
Dave is a teacher from San Diego, California and a professional magician specializing in stand-up comedy magic. He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity. His presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. All techniques and methods are modeled and fully explained so as to leave no doubt about how to apply the methods in the real-world. I talked with Dave at CUE Fall 2016 after his workshop on Creative Brainstorming, a truly inspiring and fun experience.

Ken Shelton
Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Creative Expression, Visual Learning, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. I attend Ken’s sessions wherever I find him (IntegratED Portland and ISTE).

Rafranz Davis
Rafranz Davis is the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning for Lufkin ISD. Her passion for creativity and student centered learning has driven her work in supporting Lufkin’s transition to taking more innovative approaches to teaching and learning through integrated computational thinking, makerspaces and community driven personalized professional learning. When Rafranz is not disrupting the status quo in East Texas, she can be found connecting with the global education community as an advocate for STEM education, teacher voice, digital equity and diversity in edtech. I met Rafranz serendipitously at ISTE 2015 where she inspired me to develop my voice in this blog.

Adam Welcome and Todd Nesloney
Adam and Todd are two principals who discovered they had a kindred spirit for life and found that they both really had some similar ideas about education. About eliminating excuses. About challenging conventional thinking. And from that first co-write together, #KidsDeserveIt was formed. Kids Deserve It exists today to be a source of inspiration and a place where ideas and opinions are brought about that may challenge the way things have always been done. Kids Deserve It is a place for passionate educators who don’t allow their circumstances to limit them. Who do whatever it takes for kids. I admire these men through their book, Kids Deserve It and Twitter posts. I look forward to the day to shake their hands and share an inspiring story.

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