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, Apr 2010

District Administration, Mar 2010

It’s time to trade them for computers.

District Administration, Feb 2010

Among many other reasons, students will be using their own devices.

District Administration, Jan 2010

Without this software, schools will continue to see little change.

District Administration, Oct 2009

District Administration, Sep 2009

A flawed model offline is no better online.

District Administration, Aug 2009

District Administration, Jun 2009

Public schools must change or disappear.

District Administration, May 2009

Refocusing the conversation

District Administration, Mar 2009

Technology’s role in educational change

District Administration, Jan 2009

A big change is in the wind that can be your opportunity to revitalize education.

District Administration, Jul 2008

Handheld computers bring K12 classrooms into the 21st century.

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