Dr Karen Billings

Keynote 1: What is Edtech? – a USA perspective

Keynote Presentation Video & Keynote Presentation Slides

Dr Karen Billings

As Vice President of the Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), Dr Billings drives strategic direction, programs, and initiatives for 180 education-focused members involved in technology products and services in the K-12 and post-secondary markets.

Thought leadership

In the past ten years at SIIA, Dr Billings has supported education members with programs that provide thought leadership, industry advocacy, business development, and critical market information to better serve the evolving needs of the educational technology industry and its marketplace.


Dr. Billings has 45 years of experience with education technology, including 12 years in K-12 and post-secondary 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 went on to hold positions in management, product development, marketing, and sales within the publishing and technology industries. Prior to SIIA, she held executive-level positions at bigchalk Inc and MediaSeek Technologies.


Earlier, she held positions at Microsoft Corporation, Claris Corporation (now FileMaker), Logo Computer Systems, Inc., and Houghton-Mifflin Company (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).


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 from the University of Oregon, and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa.


Dr. Billings has authored four books and numerous articles for education journals, has been active in many education technology associations, and is a frequent speaker at education conferences. She was given a lifetime membership to the International Society for Technology in Education and was recently inducted into the Education Publishing Hall of Fame.

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