Cathleen Norris and Elliot Soloway


Cathleen Norris
is a Regents Professor in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. Recognized by the Dallas Public Schools as an outstanding teacher—having received the district’s Golden Apple Award—Cathie’s 14 years in high school classrooms as a mathematics and computer science teacher shaped her university research agenda. She now focuses on developing strategies for helping move K12 teachers from the 20th century into the 21st century. Cathie has been president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the leading international organization for technology-minded educators. From 1996 through 2001, she was the president of the National Educational Computing Association (NECA), the association that organized NECC, the premier conference on technology in K12.Cathie is a co-founder of GoKnow, an Ann Arbor-based company that provides mobile learning products and services to K12 education.


Elliot Soloway
is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan and has appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Engineering, the School of Education, and the School of Information. For the past 20 years, Soloway and his colleagues in the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (HI-CE) have been exploring the ways in which computing and communications technologies can support inquiry-based pedagogy in K12 science classrooms. In 2001, undergraduates at the University of Michigan selected him to receive the Golden Apple Award as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2002 Elliot was selected to receive the ACM SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education Award, and two years later the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. Elliot is a co-founder of GoKnow and is its chief strategy officer.

Articles by Cathleen Norris and Elliot Soloway

District Administration, Dec 2012

District Administration, October 2012

District Administration, September 2012

A shot of incentives for education is needed.

District Administration, July/Aug 2012

Don’t settle for just a few good apps.

District Administration, June 2012

Nicholas Negroponte
One-to-one across the nation by 2015 is inevitable.

District Administration, May 2012

Mobile technology is a key enabler.

District Administration, April 2012

District Administration, March 2012

Transform the classroom into a place where learn-by-doing is practiced.

District Administration, January 2012

Stop repeating the reasons for the bashing.

District Administration, Nov/Dec 2011

Technology will absolutely change K12 learning.

District Administration, October 2011

After billions of dollars spent, the impact on student achievement of computer use in K12 has been essentially zero.

District Administration, September 2011

The United States risks falling behind countries like Korea in this new era.

District Administration, Jul 2011

Kids texting
Critical issue in moving to "Bring Your Own Device."

District Administration, June 2011

A great cultural transformation in K12 learning must take place.

District Administration, May 2011

This inevitable shift is at the heart of school change.

District Administration, Apr 2011

Carts of laptops haven’t raised student achievement—and neither will carts of iPads.

District Administration, Mar 2011

Refocus on only that which moves the needle of student performance.

District Administration, Jan 2011

The world is rapidly embracing mobile, and schools are next.

SIDEBAR, Jan 2011

District Administration, Nov 2010

Could they be the hope and future of education in America?

District Administration, Oct 2010

It takes real leadership to move in this direction.

District Administration, Sep 2010

Twitter will actually save you time!

District Administration, Jul 2010

Only one technology has the potential to make an authentic impact on student achievement.

District Administration, Jun 2010

Innovative Leaders Take the Phone and Run: Profiles of four trailblazing programs.

District Administration, May 2010

The laptops are being used as add-ons to existing curriculum.

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