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 not only the Director for Instructional Technology in the Eanes Independent School District but also the founder of the cultural educational event called iPadpalooza. As Director of Instructional Technology, he utilizes his background in both education and technology to bring a unique vision to the district and its programs. In the short time he’s been in the position, the district has jumped into social media with both a Twitter and Facebook page. They have adopted the Google Apps for Education and started to build a paperless environment with Google Docs. He’s also expanded a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) policy from the high school to all district campuses. He’s helped coordinate 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 phenomen 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. This year’s event featured keynote speaker and educational change leader, Sir Ken Robinson and closed with record-setting band, Blue October.
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. Besides being a part-time DJ, 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.
You can follow him on twitter @mrhooker.