Dr. Karen Billings is currently the Principal and Founder of BillingsConsults, an education consulting group and a Contributing Editor for Educational Technology. For the 14 years previous, she served as Vice President and Managing Director of SIIA’s Ed Tech Industry Network (ETIN), where she drove strategic direction, programs, and initiatives for the 200 education-focused members with technology products and services to the K-12 and higher education markets. She focused on supporting members with thought leadership, industry advocacy, business development, and critical market information to better serve the evolving needs of the educational technology industry and its marketplace.
Karen has over 45 years of experience with education technology, including 12 years in K-12 and higher ed classrooms. She taught mathematics and computer classes in public and private schools in rural, suburban, and urban areas in Iowa, Alabama, Oregon and New York. Her graduate teaching experiences, including both face-to face and online courses, were at Columbia University Teachers’ College, UC Berkeley, and Pepperdine University.
She then went on to hold positions in management, product development, marketing, and sales within the publishing and technology industries. Prior to joining SIIA, she held executive-level positions at bigchalk Inc and MediaSeek Technologies. Earlier in her career, she held positions at Microsoft Corporation, Claris Corporation (now FileMaker), Logo Computer Systems, Inc., and Houghton-Mifflin Company (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Karen has authored numerous articles for education journals, has been active in many education technology associations, and is a frequent speaker at education conferences. She was elected to the Education Publishing Hall of Fame in 2013, given the EdTech Digest Leadership “Visionary” Award in 2015, and the SIIA Ed Tech Industry Network Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. She is also a recipient of lifetime memberships to the International Society for Technology in Education, the Consortium for School Networks, and the Ed Tech Industry Network.
She received her Doctorate in Communications, Computing, and Technology at Columbia University Teachers College, where she specialized in the uses and evaluation of technology in education. She received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Northern Iowa.