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University of Missouri - Kansas City

Maria Andersen

Maria Andersen

Dr. Andersen has spent most of her career teaching mathematics at the college level. In the last decade, she has become extremely active in the use of technology in learning. She built iPad games to teach algebra, launched the Canvas Network MOOC platform, built adaptive learning platforms used by McGraw Hill, and worked as the Director of Learning Design for WGU. As a professor, Dr. Andersen was president of MichMATYC, the Professional Development Coordinator for AMATYC, the Director of the MCC Math & Technology Workshop, and wrote the “Teaching with Tech” column for MAA Focus. Maria is a software developer, an author, a speaker, a blogger, a game designer, and the CEO of Coursetune. She holds degrees in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Administration, and Higher Education Leadership.

Rafranz Davis


Ms. Davis has dedicated her career to empowering students and teachers to share their voices throughout their communities and the world. She uses her platform across the edtech ecosystem to advocate for STEM and creative learning through making, while simultaneously challenging communities through the lens of digital equity and diversity. Ms. Davis is a public school administrator for Lufkin ISD, a rural east Texas community, where she serves as its Executive Director of Professional & Digital Learning.  She won the 2017 ISTE Outstanding Leadership Award and holds countless industry distinctions including: Google Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, TED innovative educator, Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and her proudest, Global Minecraft Mentor.

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