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.