Ken Wiseman, Technology Consultant, (ken@wisemantech.com),

spent 22 teaching in the schools of northern Illinois and the last 12 years as full time technology professional working for both school districts and for the Illinois State Board of Education. Before retiring in 2002, Ken spent 9 years as the Technology Coordinator for High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, IL. During his tenure with the district, it was recognized as a technology leadership district by the NSBA and was recently ranked one of the ten best technology districts in the country by District Administration Magazine. Since retiring from the public schools (after 34 years of service) he is heading his own consulting firm, WisemanTech Consulting, in order to continue to serve the schools in their endeavors to implement technology into their classrooms.

Ken has been a technology leader in the Northern Illinois Area, chairing the Illinois Computing Educators conference committee for four years and participating in numerous conferences in leadership positions. He has presented at Macworld, NSBA Technology conference, NECC, as well as many local and regional conferences. In his retirement, he has established WisemanTech Consulting to provide technology support services to educational institutions in the area. He has had several articles published in professional magazines such as Technology and Learning, and Library Administrator. He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, an aware bestowed on him in 1998. There are approximately 150 ADEs through out the country who have been recognized for their leadership in Educational Technology.

Ken’s perspective is teacher based with a strong orientation toward infusing new technology to improve education. At the core of his philosophy is the importance of educating students for their future and applying the tools of technology where appropriate. He knows all too well that boxes and wires installed in a classroom do not create systemic change. It takes teachers working with students along with district support to integrate technology and prepare students for the future.