About Ben Smith

Ben Smith is an Educational Technology Program Specialist and STEM Project Lead for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit, a consortium of 25 school districts and over 80 non-public institutions in South Central Pennsylvania.  Prior to this, Ben spent 27 years in the classroom at Red Lion Area High School as a physics teacher, science chair, technology resource teacher, and TV Studio director.  Ben has started an education technology consulting business with Jared Mader called EdTechInnovators (www.edtechinnovators.com). 

Together, Ben and Jared have presented on topics of technology integration, science education, and 21st century education across the United States. Ben has presented on Capitol Hill, Singapore, and Vietnam as well as worked with corporations, organizations and schools across the United States.  He previously served two terms on the ISTE Board of Director and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for PAECT, the Pennsylvania ISTE Affiliate.  Ben was awarded the prestigious Making IT Happen Award in 2011.

About Jared Mader

Jared is the Director of Educational Technology for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit, a consortium of 25 school districts and over 80 non-public institutions in South Central Pennsylvania.  Prior to serving in this capacity, he was the Director of Technology for five years in the Red Lion Area School District having taught Chemistry for nine years prior to that. 

In his past two roles, he has been responsible for all of the instructional technology and infrastructure decision-making, founding his educational philosophy in the ISTE Standards.
He has been a conference speaker and workshop presenter at ISTE/NECC, MICCA, NSTA, PSTA, PAECT, and Pete&C. He also serves as an educational technology consultant and has provided professional development to districts in states that include Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, California, Texas, Indiana, Colorado, Louisiana and Arkansas.  He has been selected as a Best-of-the-Best Presenter at ISTE and has represented ISTE faculty at the GETEX summit in Dubai, UAE.