About Joe Brennan
Instructor/Consultant, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Before retiring after 33 years in education and coaching, Joe Brennan taught Spanish and served as the AV/Media Coordinator at Niles West H.S. He first became interested in educational video and multimedia because of his visual approach to teaching and coaching. That interest led to collaborating on the development of an interactive Spanish laser disc program for Encyclopaedia Britannica and into the multimedia lab. During his years in that job, the audio-visual department changed from a lending/consumption center to a creating/production area. In 2006 his district received ISTE's national Sylvia Charp Award in part for the multimedia labs under his direction. He was the Illinois Computing Educators' Technology Educator of the Year in 2003 and in 2009 he received the "pink" jacket, Making IT Happen ISTE award. He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, an American Film Institute Screen Educator, and a STAR Discovery Educator. In retirement he is Chief Technology Officer for his grandchildren, works with students and teachers on multimedia, and teaches for Wilkes University.