Featured Speakers


Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. During his 23 years in education he has had a wide range of roles, from teacher to Virtualization Coordinator to Director of Innovation, he’s always had one common belief – the kids need to drive their own learning. He realizes the challenges in our current educational institutions and meets them head on. As Director of Innovation and Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he has helped spearhead the launch the LEAP program (Learning & Engaging through Access and Personalization), which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in his 8000-student district. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise, and humor make him a successful driving force for this change.

Carl has recently authored his 7th book called Ready, Set, FAIL! available for purchase through Amazon. He has also authored a 6-part book series titled Mobile Learning Mindset. These books focus on a different stake-holder and the role they play in a successful mobile learning initiative. Aside from his work as an author and district leader, Carl also works as a keynote speaker and consultant through his company HookerTech, LLC as well as an advisor with multiple ed tech start-up companies. He’s been named Tech & Learning Magazine’s Leader of the Year and is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. He currently is a National Faculty member of Future Ready Schools and is the host of two podcasts: The “Learning Unleashed” podcast and the “UnDisruptED” podcast.

Follow him on twitter @mrhooker and his blog: http://hookedoninnovation.com or reach out to him on his website: http://carlhooker.com

Brianna Hodges is committed to helping educators positively transform the story of school. Pulling from her experiences as a marketing & PR executive, English teacher, district and central office administrator, Bri shares how story serves as the foundation of learning, the cornerstone of culture, and the catalyst to transformation.

Having learned, listened, and led in classrooms and central administration since 2009, Bri is widely recognized for her superpower for storytelling, capacity for connection, and commitment to empathy and equity.

Noted for her innovative approach to learning, Bri has received many distinctions including K12 Administrator to Watch (2018) and Texas EdTech of the Year (2017). She serves as national advisor and faculty member for Future Ready Schools©.

Tyler Trammel has been a Technology Learning coach with Fort Worth ISD for the last four years.  Before that, he taught middle school science as well spent some time in the coaching ranks and even teaching at the elementary level.  He doesn’t claim to have all the answers but likes to think he knows where to look or at least fake it till he makes it.  Tyler is a human, avid hydrator, fan of space (outer and personal), and strives to pet all the dogs.


Kristen Brooks believes that technology in the hands of her most at-risk students might just be the way to finally narrow the achievement gap. A 27-year veteran educator, Brooks found her niche 17 years ago when she pioneered the first K-5 computer lab in her district. In 2014, Brooks was struck at the lack of smart technology – and its skill set- amongst her school’s Title 1 students. Surely, she thought, there was a way to bridge the two worlds. Knowing she had to do something to meet the needs of her students, Brooks opened the first iPad lab in her district and the bridge was built.
​She worked with all 1175 K-5 students in her school using project learning. From coding to design, her students were given opportunities to grow their technological skill-set and enter the new digital literacy world with confidence. Brooks a self-described lifelong learner loves supporting the CCSD students and teachers by learning as much as she can about the tools used in and out of the classroom. She accomplished this goal by becoming a Certified BrainPOP Educator, an OSMO ambassador, a Seesaw ambassador, a 2015 PBS Digital Innovator Award recipient, a 2016 Apple Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2017, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert since 2019, an Adobe Education Leader since 2020, a Global Minecraft Mentor, an Adobe Creative Educator, an Apple Learning Coach, and just had one of her schools – Indian Knoll Elementary School accepted as a Microsoft Showcase School for 2021-2022 school year.