For over forty years Norton Gusky has demonstrated in his teaching the power of technology as a tool for empowering kids, educators, and communities. Norton believes that technology offers students a tool for creative production, communications, and collaboration. Norton first began his exploration of technology in education as a teacher of the intellectually gifted in West Virginia. For over twenty years he worked as the Coordinator of Educational Technology for the Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today Norton has transitioned his role and works as an educational technology broker.
Norton believes in using technology to empower communities. He serves as the Chair of the Quality Programming Committee for Neighborhood Learning Alliance (NLA), a Pittsburgh non-profit agency, that serves as an umbrella organization for faith-based and community-based organizations providing services such as after-school programming. Norton is also on the Board of Film Pittsburgh where he serves as Vice-President and chair of the Governance Committee.
Norton believes in empowering educators and community members. He chaired the planning committee for the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference, a regional event in the Pittsburgh region for over twenty years and now serves in an advisory role for the conference. In addition, Norton has taught two graduate level courses at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) – Technology and Educational Restructuring (changed for 2012 to “Planning for Innovation”) and Integrating Technology into Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. From 2015 – 2021 Norton taught classes for the Osher program at Carnegie Mellon University. The Osher program provides life-long learning opportunities for senior adults.
Norton also works with school districts on strategic planning, planning for innovation, and professional development. From 2013 until 2020 Norton worked with a team at the South Fayette School District to produce a Summer Institute on STEAM Innovation. Since 2014 Norton has been the co-chair of the Consortium of Schools Networked (CoSN) Emerging Technology committee that publishes an annual series of reports on Emerging Trends in Educational Technology. Norton also serves on the Advisory Board for the CoSN K-12 Driving Innovation Project.
Norton sees technology as a tool for innovation. Starting in 2014 Norton provided consulting services around professional development for the Hummingbird project, a STEAM related robotics kit developed at the CREATE lab of Carnegie Mellon University. In 2015 Norton helped to develop a Robot Petting Zoo using the Hummingbird Kit. The Robot Petting Zoo premiered at the Pittsburgh MakerFaire. In 2015 Norton began to work with the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) and Parkway West Career and Technology Center to coordinate a series of Design Challenges. Each design challenge brings a team of high school students as consultants to work with the EIC and its partners on real world problems of sustainability.