Alex Reyes, author of educational technology blog digitalmaestro.org, sits at a desk full of robots. Reyes reviews technology that may be useful in classrooms and writes simplified instruction manuals for various educational software. Reyes, a former elementary teacher, is familiar with the language and information teachers look for while learning about new technology for the classroom. Alex enjoys doing similar trials and reviews on robots, drones and cameras. In the past year the simplified manuals that Reyes wrote about testing and placement software has been downloaded and used in various states across the entire United States.
YouTube personality Ty Turner prepares for speaking to an audience at an event celebrating National Coming Out Day in the Corbett Center Student Union in Las Cruces, NM. Turner has almost 190,000 subscribers on YouTube and has videos with almost 900,000 views. The content of Turner’s weekly upload varies from educational videos about gender and transition to vape reviews or internet challenges. The young star disclosed his trans status on YouTube and has been sharing the story of his transition for almost four years. Time lapses and slide shows provide comparisons and journey updates for new followers or returning viewers. Turner spoke about the power in seeing queer identities succeed in today’s culture. Visibility for marginalized identities empowers identities that haven’t ever seen their reflections in the world they see. Turner shared his fitness journey and how he’s been rediscovering how his body works and grows.