Kurt is an educator who started his educational career 18 years ago. Nowadays he develops learning experiences and teacher support materials that are simple and elegant using Apple technology, tools, and apps to improve engagement and outcomes. He loves building and delivering technology-based instructional materials, curriculum, or professional learning programs for educators and education institutions.
Beatriz is an instructional technology coach at Goochland County Public Schools, in Goochland, Virginia, where she helps middle- and high-school teachers use technology to design effective learning environments and opportunities. Originally from Medellín, Colombia, she started her career in education as a middle-school Spanish teacher. Her interest in technology led to her selection as a member of Virginia’s pilot cohort of Instructional Technology Resource Teachers. Over the past five years, Bea has helped Goochland’s schools transition to a 1-to-1 instructional model in primary and secondary schools using iPads and MacBooks. This effort, focused on student-centred pedagogies and deeper learning, earned the school division recognition as an Apple Distinguished Program. Leiderman’s recent efforts to adapt Agile Scrum, a framework for effective teamwork, as a method for teachers and learners was highlighted in ISTE’s Entrsekt magazine in June of 2016, and Bea has shared her expertise in Scrum with teachers at regional, national, and international conferences. In 2009, Bea was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and also became a Google Certified Teacher. In June 2016, she was elected Chair of the Greater Richmond Area Educational Technology Consortium (GRAETC) for 2017–18. She is currently an executive committee member of the organization. Bea is the author of six books about macrophotography and insects, available for download from Apple’s iBook Store.