Dr William Rankin is a speaker and independent consultant focusing on the impact of emerging educational technologies. From 2013 to 2016, Dr Rankin served as Director of Learning on the global education team at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California, with responsibility for developing, promoting, and enhancing innovative teaching and learning in the pre-K to post-20 learning space.
Prior to joining Apple, he worked as an academic in higher education for 24 years, concluding his time as a Professor of English and Honors College Fellow at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. As ACU’s Director of Educational Innovation, he helped design the world’s first one-to-one that gave every student an iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad) as a platform for exploring next-wave mobile learning. With ACU’s Honors College, he consulted on and helped shape a radically new kind of in situ learning that leveraged just-in-time, differentiated instruction and media to prepare learners working to solve issues of urban poverty and social justice in South Dallas. As project lead for ACU’s mobility initiative, Dr. Rankin was named Campus Technology magazine’s Innovator of the Year for mobile learning in 2008.
In 2009, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2010, he began a three-year tenure on the US Board of Directors for Apple’s Distinguished Educators program. Interviews with Rankin have appeared in Wired, The Guardian, The Times of London, Businessweek, The New York Times and The Chronicle for Higher Education and at online sites including InsideHigherEd, Ars Technica, and Open Culture. Rankin has spoken at TEDxDubai and has also been featured in stories on US National Public Radio, the BBC, the CBC, Vísir (Iceland), SF Zwei (Switzerland), and NBC Nightly News. He has received numerous awards for educational leadership and teaching and has presented on educational technologies and emerging pedagogies in more than 30 countries.
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Leading projects around the world for clients in education and industry, Ewan is the passionate and energising tour de force behind NoTosh. A highly-regarded keynote speaker at events around the world, he’s also the author of How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen and regularly writes about learning on his blog edu.blogs.com.
NoTosh is a global consultancy with a passion for learning and a conviction that innovation and creativity can change the way people think, the way they learn and the way they work – as individuals, teams, organisations and communities.
“As a French and German high school teacher in Scotland back in the 1990s, I wanted to find new ways to help students engage with my subjects – I felt strongly that technology was both critical to this and underused in the classroom, so my classes were among the first in Europe to podcast and blog as part of their daily learning. From here, it was a reasonably logical step to become National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures for the Scottish Government … although joining Channel 4 as their Digital Commissioner in 2008 was a step in a different direction. But it was at Channel 4, that I became fascinated by the strategies and tactics that my creative colleagues were using to create imaginative and truly engaging digital services for young people. Could I take this insight and make it work in an education setting? Yes, I reckoned I could… and that’s how NoTosh came about.”