Carl has been involved in education since graduating from the University of Texas in 1998. He has been in a variety of positions in both Austin ISD and Eanes ISD, from 1st grade teacher to Virtualization Coordinator. He’s a father of three girls, Sophia, Lauren, and Caroline and a wonderful, understanding wife Renee, all of which play a large role in any presentations given or blogs he writes.
Carl is the Director of Innovation & Digital Learning in the Eanes Independent School District. He is also the founder of the cultural educational event called iPadpalooza. As Director, he utilizes his background in both education and technology to bring a unique vision to the district and its programs. During his time in the position, the district has jumped into social media, adopted the Google Apps for Education and started to build a paperless environment with Google Docs. He helped spearhead the LEAP (Learning and Engaging through Access and Personalization) which put 1:1 iPads into the hands of all K-12 students at Eanes.
The “Learning Festival” known as iPadpalooza has grown into a global phenomenon in just a couple of years. With the help of his amazing team of “iVengers”, this event was recently host to over 1000 people from over 20 states and Canada. Sir Ken Robinson was last year’s keynote speaker and this year’s event features TED-prize winner Sugata Mitra as opening keynote as well as the “iLead” Academy taking place before the main event.
Mr. Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. From his start as a teacher to his current district technology leadership, he’s always had one common belief – the kids need to drive their own learning. He realizes the challenges in our current public educational institutions and meets them head on. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise, and humor make him a successful driving force for this change. Carl also works as a consultant and trainer with EdTechTeacher – A company that focuses on the infusion of technology into the classroom through challenged-based, authentic learning. For more information on EdTechTeacher and the work that Carl does with them, go to http://EdTechTeacher.org.
Awards & Publications:
Tech & Learning Magazine’s 2014 Leader of the Year
Apple Distinguished Educator – class of 2013
Writer/blogger for Edudemic, MindShift, Tech & Learning, TechEdge, & School CIO
You can follow him on twitter @mrhooker.
Carl has limited availability for speaking and presenting in either a Keynote or Workshop format. Contact him here if you have interest in bringing him to your event.
Mr. Hooker has presented at multiple events throughout the US. Some of the events he’s presented at:
ISTE, SXSWi, SXSWedu, TCEA, iPad Summit, iPadpalooza, MassCUE, Tech Forum (multiple locations) & multiple regional events and conferences in the state of Texas.
He posts all of his presentation slides online here.