Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. In 2001, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University of Michigan. In 2004 and in 2011, students in the College of Engineering HKN Honor Society selected Dr. Soloway to receive the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.”
Anticipating the “mobile” explosion in K-12, Norris and Soloway founded GoKnow, Inc. in 2000, to provide educational software on mobile devices (Palm, PocketPC, etc.). Schools all over the world purchased over 30,000 licenses to GoKnow’s “Mobile Learning Environment.” In 2012, with initial funding from NSF and George Lucas Education Research, Norris and Soloway founded the Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center and built and are distributing the Collabrify Roadmap Platform, a free, device-independent, browser-based environment that supports teachers and students using digital curricula. And, recognizing that K-12 teachers need OER curricula – lessons, units – and not just OER objects or digitized material, in order to support their newly minted, 1-to-1, blended learning classrooms. Norris and Soloway, with support from Michigan’s Dept. of Education, founded, in April 2019, the Center for Digital Curricula (CDC). CDC’s mission is to provide model, OER, digital curricula to K-12 teachers to support K-12’s “digital transformation.”
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.