The Host: Carl 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. As a speaker, he brings this background as well as a wealth of practical tools and ideas that teachers can use in their classroom tomorrow. He is also the “Godfather” of the learning festival called LearnFestATX. This festival (formerly known as iPadpalooza) has grown into a global phenomenon over the years. With the help of his amazing team of “iVengers”, this event has impacted schools and districts from all over the world. The event has inspired spin-off events in other states as well Australia.