Liz Kolb

Clinical Associate Professor

Liz  Kolb, School of Education

Liz is a clinical associate professor of education technologies at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She teaches courses in education technology for the undergraduate elementary, undergraduate secondary, and Masters and Certification programs.  She authored Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education (published by ISTE in 2008), Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for the K-12 Educator (published by ISTE in 2011), Help Your Child Learn With Their Cell Phone and Web 2.0 (published by ISTE in 2013), Learning First, Technology Second (published by ISTE in 2017).  

In addition, Liz has published numerous articles and book chapters on new technologies and education in prominent publications such as Education Leadership, School Administrator Magazine, Scholastic, Edutopia, ISTE's Edtekhub, and Learning and Leading with Technology. Liz has done consulting work and has been a featured and keynote speaker at conferences all over the United States and Canada. Liz is currently co-chairing an auxiliary committee for the U.S. Office of Education Technology on sustainable professional development in teacher education.  

She is a MACUL board member and a member of the COSN advisory board for mobile learning and emerging technologies. She is passionate about engaging students in education and leveraging learning opportunity through digital technologies. Liz is also the creator and coordinator of the Triple E Framework, which is an open-source framework for K-12 teachers and administrators to use to assess the effectiveness of technology in lesson plans. She is also the creator of the 4T Virtual Conference, which is a free conference for practitioners that occurs every May, with over 3,000 K-12 educators involved.  

Liz is a former social studies and computer technology teacher. In addition she spent 4 years as a technology coordinator and integration specialist in Ohio.

Kolb teaches courses in the following program(s):
Secondary Teacher Education (Secondary MAC)
Secondary Teacher Education
Elementary Teacher Education
Elementary Teacher Education (ELMAC)


Selected Publications


Kolb, L. (2017).  Learning First, Technology Second.  ISTE.  Eugene, Oregon.  February 2017.

Reviewed Journal and Featured Articles

Kolb, L. (2017).  Research Provides Clarity:  Co-Engagement is Key to Success with Screens.  Friday Institute.  Retrieved

Kolb, L. (2017).  Learning First, Technology Second:  How We Should Know if Technology is Doing it’s Job in Our Classroom.   MACUL Community Online Journal.  Retrieved

Kolb, L. (2017).  Harnessing Cell Phone Addiction.  School Administrator.  April 2017.  21-23.

Kolb, L. (2016).  4 Tips for Choosing the Right EdTech Tool.  EdTekHub (ISTE).  Retrieved:

Kolb, L. (2016).  Let's Collaborate:  Apps and Websites that Foster Co-Engagement.  MACUL Journal.  Fall  2016.

Kolb, L. (2016).  Co-use and Technology:  A Magic Mix!  Edutopia. Retrieved:




9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015 Creating Digital Citizen Super Heroes in Middle School
Granting Agency: MACUL

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2012 EDUC 490. Topics in Professional Education EDUC 490. Teaching in the Digital Age


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