Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies, College of Information, at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. From 1995-2001, Norris was President of the National Educational Computing Association, and led its merger with ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, creating the largest, international organization for technology-minded educators in the world. Norris was Co-President of ISTE from 2001-2004. Norris’ 14 years in K-12 classrooms – receiving a Golden Apple Award from Dallas ISD along the way – has shaped her university R&D agenda: developing resources to support K-12 teachers as they move into 21st century classrooms.

The Digital Transformation of K-12: Where is the Digital Curricula?

Every industry, every organization – from the family to the government, from entertainment to manufacturing – is undergoing a digital transformation! Some transformations are speeding along; entertainment, no surprise, is a leader. K-12, no surprise, is lagging behind. With computing devices at the $100 level, and 10-year olds having smartphones (“they” just call them phones), 1-to-1 (if not 1 to many) is the new normal. But, where is the digital curricula – the open, engaging, extending, teacher/student adaptable curricula? The heartbeat of the classroom is still curricula – and digitized, closed, curricula is no longer acceptable. In our talk, we will explore the challenge, as we see it, of the digitally-transformed school.

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