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 he gives 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 learning festival 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 has impacted schools and districts from all over the world. The event has recently inspired spin-off events in other states as well including Minnesota and Indiana.
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.
Featured Presenter - @art_cathyhunt
Cathy is an educational consultant, presenter, author and experienced Visual Art teacher using a 1:1 classroom for diverse students in years 6-12 at St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast in Australia. With a passion for using art as a vehicle for engaging with creative processes, improving visual literacy and divergent thinking skills, Cathy is always keen to share her knowledge and experience in transformational learning.
Through her bestselling books on the iBookstore, and dynamic keynotes, presentations and workshops internationally for schools, conferences, and beyond, Cathy models and promotes learning that leverages ‘hands-on making’ with 21st Century skills and tools. Her website, iPadartroom.com was created as a home base for educators to engage with innovative ideas, resources and technology for learning in that combines paint and pixels. The site has grown to become an award-winning ‘go-to’ resource for teachers leveraging mobile devices for creativity.
Cathy is now a well-known advocate for ed-tech tools in the arts and a thought-leader in an international learning network with a strong presence in social media. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and currently serves on the ADE Board for the Asia Pacific region. She also has worked with a number of galleries across the country, including developing a digital resource for the National Gallery of Australia. She is also a member of the Gold Coast City Art Gallery Educational Reference Committee, a Digital Innovation in Learning Award recipient and finalist for 21st Century Teacher of the Year in 2013.
Featured Presenter - @EduWells
Richard Wells is the head of Technology at Orewa College, New Zealand. Best know as the Author of www.eduwells.com and an international speaker. Richard featured in the Huffington Post's Top 10 Edu Bloggers 2014 and was rated in 2015 as one the world's top 20 EdTech influencers by Onalytica (London). Although Richard sprang to fame writing about the iPads in education, he primarily writes and speaks about his experiences teaching in New Zealand and explains how it leads the world in future-focused education. Richard provides training in multiple pedagogies such as Design Thinking, SOLO taxonomy, SAMR, and project-based-learning and his resources have been translated into many languages. His mix of research, personal stories, and practical ways to implement new learning help participants feel confident the real progress can be made.
Featured Presenter - @TechChef4u
Just Google “iPad Lessons” and Lisa Johnson’s creations and curations can be readily found across a variety of social networks. Recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, featured in both editions of “ Pads in Education for Dummies” and Corwin’s Connected Educators Series “ The Missing Voices in EdTech", Lisa thoughtfully and diligently models and shares the transformational power of mobile devices and professional learning networks within the global edusphere.
Creator of the TechChef4u blog, Co-host of “Appy Hours 4 U” and “iVengers Radio”, and Co-Author of the professional development hit “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” with close to 20,000 international downloads, Lisa Johnson offers a unique perspective as she is embedded at the intersection of where all stakeholders in technology integration meet.
Mother of two mobile natives, Educational Technologist supporting a K-12 1:1 Pad school district, nationally recognized speaker, international curriculum writer, Book Creator Ambassador, Tackk Advocate, and Thinglink Expert Educator, Lisa Johnson has the ability to see and share how technology can impact and redefine pedagogy, assessment, instruction, and the four walls of the classroom.
Blending purposeful technology integration with wit and a dollop of app-thusiasm, Lisa Johnson addresses hot topics ranging from SAMR and 21st century learning to formative assessment, fostering students as authors, differentiated instruction, e-portfolios, workflow, curation, collaborative cultures, device neutral classrooms, and the ever evolving classroom dynamic. Bringing her own unique home roasted blend of pedagogy and perspective, Lisa Johnson empowers educators with the critical ingredients to cook up a new recipe for learning.
Featured Presenter - @jnxyz
EDUCATION MATTERS. This is the common theme that has directed Jonathan’s journey from being a Learning Support Teacher willing to experiment with mobile devices to improve student outcomes, to receiving Smart Classrooms (Qld), Learning without Frontiers (UK) and NMC Henderson (USA) awards, to his previous roles as a One Laptop per Child & Indigenous Education Project Officer, to his current positions as a Senior Educational Consultant for TAFE Queensland (Digital Learning), Apple Distinguished Educator, NMC K-12 Ambassador & Horizon Report Board Member, JNXYZ Education, Slide2learn & E20 groups co-founder, HP Catalyst Fellow, Book Creator Ambassador and Explain Everything Advisory Board member.
Jonathan has presented across Australia and Internationally for Learning Without Frontiers, 21st Century Learning, Mobile Learning Experience, Slide2learn, New Media Consortium, Apple and Ulearn. His current passion is looking at how next gen tech such as iBooks, Wearables, iBeacons & Apps can combine with the smart pedagogies of SAMR & Challenge Based Learning to impact learners as part of the radical ‘Build Theory Of Everything’ project and the ‘E20 Best of Education Practice’ event.
Featured Presenter - @MRsalakas
Brett is the founder of #aussieED and a moderator of multiple twitter chats. He is Google Certified Innovator who, over the past 18 years, has taught in South East Asia and Australia in both public and independent schools. He is passionately committed to turning educational theory into real classroom practice. Brett is all about CONNECTION, COLLABORATION and INSPIRATION.
Featured Presenter - @wrenasmir
Craig works as a Coordinator of Special Projects and an Aspect Practice Specialist in Newcastle, New South Wales for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). His days involve conducting Educational Outreach programs across the Hunter Region, coordinating Research Projects and Positive Behaviour Support pedagogy across the Hunter School, and implementing Aspect Practice ‘iPad Model Classes'. Craig is a PhD candidate in Special Education at the University of Newcastle and has presented at national and international research conferences such as the Asia Pacific Autism Conference, a speaking tour of New Zealand, and a pending workshop for the United Nations in Shanghai this December. Craig presents primarily on topics related to autism pedagogy, the utilisation of special interests in the classroom and technology. Craig sits on the University of Newcastle Special Education Advisory Board, was awarded the 2011 Elizabeth Hoyles Research Fellowship, was made an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, has featured on ABC Radio National as an expert in autism education, and was one of thirty Australian educators selected for the '2015 Hot List' of inspiring teachers as published by The Educator magazine.
Featured Presenters - @stringer_andrea
With international teaching experience, Andrea has a global perspective on education and is credentialed in Washington, California and New South Wales. She has a Master of Education that focused on primary Mathematics and a Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education. Andrea joined Wenona School in 2013 and is currently K-2 coordinator. Andrea has developed an interest and commitment to mentoring beginning teachers and coaching colleagues. Her active involvement in the TeachMeet movement has provided her with the opportunity to connect with local and international professionals. In her role as educator, Andrea continually searches for and implements innovative practices such as Design Thinking and Project Based Learning. She co-moderates a Twitter chat group, #satchatoc, where educators share their experiences, opinions and knowledge about a specific educational topic. Andrea was recently awarded the 2015 Keith Tronc award from ACEL for 'Outstanding Teacher Leadership’. Always thinking about what is best for her students, she continuously seeks to gain knowledge about teaching, learning and technology as it is always changing, improving and advancing.
Featured Presenter - @PaulHamilton8
Paul is the ‘Head of Learning Technologies’ in the Primary School at Matthew Flinders Anglican College and Founder of iPad Monthly. Renowned for his work in the effective use of the iPad, Augmented Reality and iBeacon technology, Paul is a leader and innovator in the Edtech world. Paul is a best selling Published Author, App Developer and sought after Keynote Speaker. HIs Apps and iBooks have been featured on the App Store and iBook Store.
Featured in 'The Age, 'Sydney Morning Herald', 'Canberra Times' as a leading pioneer in the edtech field. Visionary of the EduBeacons App - One of the first creators/users of iBeacon technology in the Educational field in the World. Creator of "Edtech Synchronicity", a reflection framework for integrating tech in education. Paul is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a 2013 Finalist International EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program
Paul is also a 2013 Finalist in the EduBlogs Life Time achievement award. Paul is on the advisory board of some of the most successful Apps including Canva, Explain Everything and Book Creator.
Featured Presenter - @felixjacomino
Felix Jacomino loves learning and sharing. Over the last 16+ years, he has experienced a great transformation in education as technology has made its way into every discipline across all curricula. His main focus and interest are in ensuring that teachers understand when, why, and how to best use technology to accomplish learning objectives and empower students to be critical thinkers who own their learning. Felix leads a team of technology integration specialists at Gulliver Schools, a Miami, Florida-based co-educational private college preparatory day school with an international and national reputation for excellence.