Apple Distinguished Educator

TAMPA, Fla. (March 12, 2009) – Luis Perez, a legally blind graduate student at the University of South Florida, and an educator and creator of the popular Tech Ease podcasts at USF on iTunes U, was named to the 2009 class of Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE’s). 


 According to Apple, “[The] … ADE program is a relationship program focused on educational excellence and leadership. [ADE’s] … are members of a select group of K-12 and Higher Education professionals possessing an identified expertise in educational technology leadership. This group of over 1,500 educators spans the globe with membership in the USA, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Latin America, and New Zealand.”


Tech Ease is a collection of tutorial movies on the latest technologies for educators, available for free on the USF on iTunes U Website:  Current topics include podcasting, online photo sharing, social bookmarking, educational uses of the iPod and Second Life.  Each topic includes a series of brief one- to two-minute movies, also known as screencasts, guiding the viewer from beginning through more advances tasks.


“I am so pleased with the high quality digital content Luis has produced for USF on iTunes U in connection with our Florida Center for Instructional Technology,” said USF College of Education Dean Colleen S. Kennedy.  “This is a well-deserved honor and I couldn't be more proud of him.” 


"I was … thrilled and humbled when I found out about my selection as a member of the 2009 class of the ADE program,” said Perez.  “I am grateful for this opportunity to work with some of the best digital educators in the world ... the digital content I create for Tech Ease and USF on iTunes U will be even better because of it.  I also see [this] as a great opportunity to be a good role model for other students with disabilities by showing them that with hard work and the support of their families, friends and colleagues, anything is possible and they really can accomplish any goal they set for themselves.” 


For more information please visit the ADE website at or email


The USF College of Education is ranked 45th by U.S. News &  World Report of graduate schools in the country, is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The USF College of Education is the seventh largest public college of education in the nation. For more information no the USF College of Education, visit: or


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.