Tech & Learning Live @ Dallas - Tech Learning

Tech & Learning Live @ Dallas

Publish date:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sheraton McKinney Hotel

75070, 1900 Gateway Blvd

McKinney, TX

What is Tech & Learning Live?

Tech & Learning is bringing Tech & Learning Live back to Texas on Thursday, November 3. This year’s program is all about professional development for tech lead learners—those edtech leaders who bridge the gaps between classroom and administration, curriculum and technology, school and home. This full day of workshops and discussions is specifically designed to “train the trainers” with shared best practices, workshops, and discussions that attendees can take back to their districts and put into action. This is your chance to network with others who care deeply about the future of education. Register now.

Who Should Attend:

"The most beneficial administration-level PD I have attended in a while!" - Director of Instructional Technology

You're the expert, the supervisor, the mentor — but who mentors you? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn with and from fellow ed tech leaders. Tech & Learning Live brings together visionaries of all sorts -- from district-level CIOs and administrators to building-level technology specialists to mentor teachers and professional development providers -- for an amazing day of networking and growth. Come share your challenges and successes. Or just come to listen. Either way, Tech & Learning Live offers you a rare chance to relax and connect with others who share your passion for technology as a tool to transform teaching and learning.

Bring your leadership team and make the most of your professional development budget! Sign up here to bring your leadership team at a highly discounted rate (up to 50% off, depending on numbers of people you are bringing).

Submit a Proposal

If you have valuable information to share with other edtech leaders, please submit a proposal to present (you will be notified by January 1, 2016, if your proposal is accepted). Tech & Learning Live is the ideal place to expand your professional learning network, to share your stories and to listen and learn with your peers. Use this short survey to submit your ideas.

"I've been to TCEA, ISTE, Regional events, etc. and feel I got the most from Tech & Learning Live! Will definitely be back next year!" – Instructional Technologist


Registration and Breakfast: Playground (PREFUNCTION) 

Network with friends while you enjoy breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits including makerspaces, learning spaces, new gadgets, and more will be set up throughout the day.

Playgrounds include: Google Expeditions (Royse City ISD), Maker Playground (Del Valle ISD and White Oak ISD), and robots (Grace School).

Please fill out this evaluation and be entered in a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card. (Drawing to take place on November 11th.)

Keynote: Bob Moore: “Curriculum & Tech: Can This Marriage Be Saved”? (THROCKMORTON C)

Through his work of more than 28 years in edtech as a district CTO, in a tech vendor role, and as a consultant to school districts, Bob Moore, CTO for Dallas ISD, has learned some practical steps technology and curriculum departments can take to improve collaboration and, ultimately, the effective use of edtech.

Curriculum & Tech Can This Marriage be Saved?

 Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground (PREFUNCTION)


BREAKOUT #1: Building An Academic Coach Program on a Shoestring Budget (THROCKMORTON C)

Many districts have found tech and instructional models to be a successful way to deliver PD. However, funding these programs can sometimes be a challenge. Learn how these districts used creative funding techniques to develop successful academic coaching initiatives. PANELISTS: Wendy Jones (Director of Technology Curriculum and Innovation, Leander ISD), Peter Griffths (Associate Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD), Frank Murray (Assistant Director of Technology/Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Wichita Falls ISD), and Knikole Taylor (Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD); Moderator: Kevin Hogan

Building An Academic Coach Program on a Shoestring Budget

BREAKOUT #2: Blended Learning: The Key to Personalized, Scalable Instruction? (THROCKMORTON B)

Blended instruction can create smaller class sizes, flexible schedules, and adaptive teaching that results in true personalized learning. These schools share their stories of how they used blended, online, and virtual learning to improve the learning experience for their students. Presenters: Barbara L. Brown (Senior Director of Technology, Prestonwood Christian Academy), Donna Henry (Director of Virtual Learning, Lewisville ISD), and Randy Sumrall (Executive Director of Technology, Birdville ISD). Moderator: Alice Owen.

Blended Learning: The Key to Personalized, Scalable Instruction?

BREAKOUT #3: Digital Citizenship (DOWELL)

This session will focus on how to create specific policies and procedures that can educate school communities on their roles in the appropriate use of social media--not to limit or ban these powerful tools, but to harness their power in positive ways. PANELISTS: Gail Marlin (Director of Technology Services, Mansfield ISD), Brian Romero Smith (Specialist, Educational Technology, Division of Technology, Fort Worth Independent School District) and Carl Hooker (Director of Innovative & Digital Learning, Eanes ISD).

Digital Citizenship

BREAKOUT #4: The Three R’s Go Digital: The Latest Tech Tools for Core Curricula (THROCKMORTON A)

These districts demo their favorite tools for core subjects. Presenters: Tracey Willyard (Instructional Technology Coordinator, Cedar Hill ISD), Cori Coburn-Shiflett (Digital Learning Coach, Georgetown Independent School District), Brett McIntyre (High School Math Teacher, San Angelo ISD). Moderator: Suzette McIntyre (Director of Technology, Wall ISD).

The Three R’s Go Digital: The Latest Tech Tools for Core Curricula

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground (PREFUNCTION)

Industry Spotlights (THROCKMORTON C) 

Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

Anything Goes Roundtable Discussions #1 (THROCKMORTON C)

These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics include:

*App Overkill: Going Beyond the Buzz Words: A Mini Workshop (Carl Hooker, Eanes ISD, TX): This entertaining and interactive mini-workshop will help attendees learn how to decide if the right apps are getting into classrooms. (This session will be held in THROCKMORTON A)

*#PokemonGoEdu: A Mini Workshop” (Cori Coburn-Shiflett, Digital Learning Coach, Georgetown Independent School District, Georgetown, TX): Come see and share how the PokemonGo phenomenon has been used in classrooms to support learning across curriculum in schools, especially in mathematics. (This session will be held in THROCKMORTON B)

*Increasing Community Involvement with Tech (Peter Griffiths, Associate Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD, Wichita Falls, TX): Learn how this district involved their parents and community as they rolled out their tech programs.

*Lessons Learned from Google for Education (Karen Fuller, CTO, Klein ISD, Klein, TX): Best practices and lessons learned from classroom teachers and district administrators after going Google.

*A Closer Look at T-TESS (Scott Floyd, CTO, White Oak ISD, White Oak, TX): Learn more about this new teacher evaluation system.

*Student Privacy and Data Security (Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Lake Charles, LA): In this discussion, you will learn about the issues and legalities surrounding student data privacy and what steps your school and district can start taking to ensure you are prepared to protect student data.

* Tech Tools to Help You Become a Tech Savvy Leader (Alice Owen, Texas K-12 CTO Council): Expand your digital toolbox with these ideas and share your favorites with others.

*Software as a Service: What are schools utilizing the most? (Suzette McIntyre, Technology Director, Wall ISD)

*How to Implement a Data-Driven Social-Emotional Learning Program (Rachel Johns, Manager of Research and Evaluation, Dallas Afterschool): Dallas Afterschool will discuss how it addresses social emotional learning through the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to measure students’ SEL skills. They will also offer tips for other after school organizations that are interested in similar implementations.

*...and more! Attendees can suggest anything goes topics using the hashtag #tltechlive


Dessert & Demos: Playground (PREFUNCTION) 

Anything Goes Roundtable Discussions #2 (THROCKMORTON C) 

This second session of "anything goes" will repeat the topics from the 11:15 "anything goes" session (above). 


BREAKOUT #1: Teaching Coding with Robots (THROCKMORTON B)

After playing with the robots in the Playground, learn more specifics about how these programs work, how they're funded, and how your schools can replicate these models--as well as integrate coding into your existing curriculum. PANELISTS: Juan Orozco (Director of Instructional Technology, Del Valle ISD, Buda), Austin Dennis (Instructional Technology Specialist, Del Valle ISD), and Betsy Crafton (STEM/ Technology Teacher K-5, Grace School, Houston, TX).

Robotics lessons:

CS Grant Interview:

BREAKOUT #2: PD That Works: Leading with Technology (THROCKMORTON C )

What can school leaders do to encourage teachers to embrace technology? Beatriz Arnillas (Director-IT, Education Technology, Hoston ISD), Sheryl Abshire (Chief Technology Officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools), and Darlene Rankin (Katy ISD). Moderator: Kevin Hogan.

PD That Works: Leading with Technology

BREAKOUT #3: Next Gen Tech: Rasperry Pis, 3D printing, Google Expeditions, and more (THROCKMORTON A)

Get a sneak peek and a chance to play with some of the latest in edtech. PANELISTS: Karen Fuller (CTO, Klein ISD, Klein, TX), Randy Rodgers (Director of Digital Learning Services, Seguin ISD, Seguin), and Dwight Goodwin (Director of Instructional Technology, Denton ISD).

Next Gen Tech: Raspberry Pis, 3D printing, and more

Closing Session: Playground & Takeaways (PREFUNCTION)

Join the party!

T&L Live will close with a series of short presentations that offer specific takeaways/highlights from the day. These presentations will be followed by a reception where you can unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners—as well as participate in the end-of-day prize drawing!

Please fill out this survey if you want to be entered in a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card. (Drawing to take place on November 11th.) 


Keynote Speaker

Bob Moore

Bob Moore is the Chief Technology Officer of Dallas ISD. Bob has enjoyed a career of more than 28 years in K12 education technology, in school district leadership roles, leading Dell’s global education strategy, entrepreneur and consultant to schools around the globe. For the past two decades Bob has been in a variety of leadership roles in CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) helping the organization to support the needs of school system technology leaders.


Sheryl R. Abshire @sherylabshire

Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Lake Charles, LA

As CPSB Chief Technology Officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Dr. Abshire serves as catalyst to initiate the integration of technology nationally and internationally providing leadership on national/state/district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum in changing practice. As a sought after speaker at technology events around the country, for 40+ years she has worked as a CTO, school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, and university professor. In 2010 the FCC appointed her to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools/libraries on Erate matters. In 2013 Sheryl won the NCTET Community Builder Award for exemplary service in facilitating the effective integration of technology into teaching/learning across the nation’s education system. Additionally, ISTE awarded Dr. Abshire their first Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award in 2009 for her decades of work promoting educational technology. Sheryl was the first teacher inducted into our country’s National Teachers’ Hall of Fame and serves on the board and is past chair of CoSN. Sheryl is Chair of the Louisiana CTO Council, the CoSN Policy Committee and Vice President for Advocacy and Programs for the Louisiana ISTE affiliate LACUE.

Beatriz Arnillas @Barnillas

Director, IT - Education Technology

Beatriz has over 17 years of experience teaching. She is a leader in Houston ISD’s innovative programs, including their 1:1 initiative (PowerUp) and Houston's Digital Content Interoperability program, which has yielded more than 1½ million learning objects from many providers in Houston’s LMS library. Beatriz has published articles about innovative technology and has received numerous awards for her work. She is Chair of IMS Global's K12 Institutional Executive Board and The Learning Counsel’s Characteristics of Digital Curriculum Committee. She is the Texas representative in EdSurge 50 States, an Intel Global Education Visionary and serves as advisory board member for Common Sense Education and The Future of Privacy Forum.

Stuart Burt @@stuartburt

Chief Technology Officer

Stuart is the CTO at Royse City ISD. He is a former teacher, coach, counselor, and instructional technology coordinator. He, his wife, twin girls, and twin boys live in Fate, TX.

Cori Coburn-Shiflett @CoburnCori

Digital Learning Coach in Georgetown ISD

Cori is a Digital Learning Coach, connected educator, STEAM educator, gamer, lover of learning and giver of the Highest 5s. She served as the first Technology Coordinator for a 1:1 iPad implementation at a Title 1 school in southeast Texas before relocating to the Austin, TX area in 2014. Among her current projects, Cori is helping pilot a blended learning middle school math program in her district and on the advisory team for the construction of a new middle school with collaborative, flexible learning spaces. Cori is a proud double alumna of Lamar University, where she earned her Master of Educational Technology Leadership degree. Cori is an officer in TCEA’s TEC-SIG, and is the ISTE 2017 Program Chair for BYOD. In the coming year, she will begin her doctoral studies.

Michelle Cooper @@_Michelle Cooper

Library Media Specialist White Oak ISD

Teacher librarian Michelle Cooper is a passionate educator and enthusiastic proponent of school libraries, technology integration, collaboration with educational professionals and helping young people succeed. As an educator with eighteen years experience, she seeks opportunities to partner with teachers on projects that encourage increased student engagement and learning achievement. Michelle is constantly striving to improve her educational practices and create innovative learning opportunities for students and colleagues. She is committed to sharing and modeling the importance of digital citizenship with students. She is a co-founder of #TXLchat on Twitter which provides a forum for Texas librarians (but not limited to Texas librarians) to create collaborative connections, share educational resources, and foster lifelong learning. Michelle is the 2016 TCEA Library Media Specialist of the Year, a Wonderopolis Wonder Lead Ambassador, a Certified Google Educator, 2016 TASL MVP Honorable Award for Excellence, 2016 TLA Branding Iron Award for Social Media for #TXLchat, and she provides professional development through local, state and national educational conferences. Michelle currently serves as the library media specialist at White Oak Middle School.

Betsy Crafton @elkrasin

STEM Coordinator

Betsy Krasin Crafton entered the education field after spending 10 years in the corporate world. Her teaching career began in Kindergarten, but quickly evolved to working with all elementary aged students. Betsy has most recently served Grace Lower School, an independent school in Houston, Texas, as the STEM Coordinator. In the spring of 2016, Grace Lower School, under the leadership of Betsy Crafton, was recognized as the first STEM Certified School in the state of Texas by AdvancED. This certification was based on innovative instruction, policies, and curriculum development in STEM. Betsy is the co-founder of an after school STEM outreach program directed toward populations underrepresented in STEM careers. She is a true pioneer in STEM education and an strong advocate for excellence and innovation in teaching.

Scott Floyd @WOScholar


Scott S. Floyd is the Chief Technology Officer at White Oak Independent School District. Their continued work with inquiry driven instruction has helped make the utilization of technology in his district a natural extension of the learning space. His teaching experience at both the elementary and secondary levels has uniquely prepared him for the state, regional, and national training stage he finds himself on. His dry wit and sometimes not-so-subtle snarky comments keeps his co-learners on their toes. His current passion is creating a vaccine to help politicians ward off the always encroaching bias against public schools that generally kicks up around legislative session.

Karen Fuller


Karen Fuller has been in K-12 education for 25 years. She began as a classroom teacher teaching Microcomputer App. Today she is the CTO for Klein ISD. Fuller has designed, implemented and supported campus LANs, district WANs and regional networks. She has conducted workshops on technology integration, grant writing, supporting district hardware and software and technology planning. She’s worked with districts on implementing wireless, VOiP and distance learning networks. Klein ISD has deployed six windows and 4 chromebook 1:1 campuses, deployed over 64,000 computers, opened many new campuses with technology integrated in all classrooms and staff works with teaching and learning on a daily basis.

Dwight Goodwin @scout2i

Director of Instructional Technology

Dwight Goodwin is in his second decade in education. The first fourteen years were spent in the classroom teaching Texas and US History and the last 10 years has been in Educational Technology. Dwight is currently serving on the TCEA Board of Directors as VP President and champions edtech throughout Texas presenting and consulting. He lives in the Ft. Worth area and works as the Director of Instructional Technology in Denton ISD.

Todd Gratehouse @@toddgratehouse

CTO | Del Valle ISD

Todd is a 24 year educator who has had his hand in many different arenas. Todd started out as a music teacher and was first exposed to technology through the music program in AISD where, in 1996, every music teacher received 2 PCs with MIDI compatible keyboards and printers. In addition to his full teaching schedule, Todd became the designated on-site tech guy in his elementary school. From there, Todd became a technology teacher creating a technology program from scratch at his elementary school in east Austin. Todd went on and received degrees in both technology and education administration. Todd has worked as an IT coordinator, state assessment coordinator, data analyst, and a technology project manager. In his current role as CTO in Del Valle ISD, Todd is passionately working toward building a rich computer science program for students K-12 with a focus on equipping under represented populations in the tech industry with the skills to be successful and thrive.

Peter Griffiths @PeterEGriffiths

Associate Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD

Peter is currently the Associate Superintendent at Wichita Falls ISD. He has been part of different school district teams ushering in innovation by integrating technology from the ground up. His previous experience as the Executive Director of Curriculum, Federal Programs, and Accountability has afforded him the opportunity to develop and initiate various projects and influence change.

Donna Henry @LISDblendED

Director Virtual Learning, Lewisville Independent School District

Donna has provided the vision and leadership for Lewisville ISD's LISDblenED program. LISDblendED is a self-blend model that provides opportunities for students to take courses in a variety of formats: face-to-face, blended, enriched virtual, and online. The program, now in year four of implementation, has successfully navigated challenges related to technology, staffing, curriculum, operations, and support. Donna has presented at state and national conferences on topics related to blended and online learning and is passionate about serving students through personalized learning pathways.

Carl Hooker @mrhooker

Director of Innovation & Digital Learning

Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he has helped spearhead the LEAP program, which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in his 8000-student district. He is also the founder of “iPadpalooza”- a three-day “learning festival” held in Austin annually. He's also the author of the six-book series titled Mobile Learning Mindset, a guide for teachers, administrators, parents and others to support and embrace mobile learning in our schools.

Gail Marlin

Director of Technology Services, Mansfield ISD

Gail B Marlin began her career in education as an aide in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1977. She worked as an aide over 10 years. After earning her teaching degree in 1991, Mrs. Marlin was hired as a teacher at Fowler Elementary School and taught there for 9 years before moving to Arlington in 2000 and began working in Mansfield ISD. Mrs. Marlin started as a Tech Apps and Yearbook Advisor teacher at TA Howard then transferred to Brooks Wester Middle School as their technologist when it opened a couple of years later. She later moved to the technology department where she started as an educational technologist and was promoted to a coordinator. Mrs. Marlin is currently the Director of Technology Services. Mrs. Marlin earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Midwestern State University in 1991. She earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas-Arlington in 2002 and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Tarleton State in 2006. Mrs. Marlin has also earned certifications in the following areas: Master Technology Teacher, Technology Applications, Texas Teacher Technology Competencies, ITIL Foundations, and A+ CompTIA

Brett McIntyre

Mathematics Instructor, Lake View High School, San Angelo ISD

Brett McIntyre is a High School Mathematics Teacher at Lake View High School, San Angelo, Texas. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration with a Principal certification and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She has been in her current profession for five years and has successfully flipped her classroom for three years. She has written and housed online curriculum in many math subjects, including Geometry and Algebra II. Currently her teaching assignment includes Algebra II and AP Calculus AB. She enjoys designing invigorating curriculum that challenges the students to achieve their potential and forward their education with the skills learned in her classes. She enjoys using online tools, as well as iPads, Chromebooks, and smart phones to keep students engaged in an atmosphere where they find learning enjoyable. Through her principal classes and internship, she became experienced in creating online training programs, leading professional development, and writing and reviewing curriculum that best suits her students and is aligned with the state standards. Brett is married and has one child. As a hobby, Brett teaches dance and body combat fitness classes.

Suzette McIntyre @Wallisdtech

Director of Technology, Wall ISD

Suzette McIntyre is in her 20th year at Wall ISD where she serves as the Director of Technology. Prior to Wall ISD, she worked 16 years for West Texas Utilities in various capacities, including “Business Partner” where she helped others learn about computers and programs. She directs, implements, and supports the district’s technology budget, network, hardware, and software. She conducts formal professional development relating to technology tools and integration, as well as day-to-day learning for end-users. Suzette is passionate about helping teachers and students get the most seamless educational benefit from their technology. Her goal is to offer the ideas, tools, and support necessary for the continued success of all students and staff at Wall ISD.

Frank Murray @ELCapiTECH

Assistant Director of Technology/Instructional Technology Coordinator for Wichita Falls ISD

Frank has been the Assistant Director of Technology/Instructional Technology Coordinator for Wichita Falls ISD for the past 5 years. Wichita Falls ISD has implemented a Digital Classroom initiative over the past 2 years starting with a Digital Pilot of 42 classrooms. It has now grown to over 50% of the K-3 classes have class sets of 10 ipads, 4th grade classes have class set of 10 Chromebooks, 5th grade classes have complete class sets of Chromebooks, 6th grade students have 1-1 Chromebooks, and grades 7-12 are BYOD.

Juan Orozco @active4learning

Director of Instructional Technology Del Valle ISD

Hi, my name is Juan Orozco and I am the Director for Instructional Technology at Del Valle ISD. I have been an educator for 19 years, 13 of those spent developing skills and indulging my passion for the use of technology to improve teaching and learning. I’m a PBS teacherline online facilitator, Star Discovery Educator, Google Innovator, and Intel Master Teacher. I am proud to lead the district’s instructional technology initiatives and our excellent team of instructional technology facilitators. Amongst many exciting efforts underway at Del Valle ISD, our most recent is a blended learning program pilot at the high school, with the goal of expanding to the middle schools. We are also introducing coding to all our campuses k-12. We believe these approaches can propel teaching and learning from good to great and lead to true differentiated instruction.

Randy Rodgers @@rrodgers

Director of Digital Learning, Seguin ISD

Randy Rodgers believes technologies can enable students to experience people and places and create products and outcomes otherwise impossible, if they are put to use in the right kind of environment. He is a 25-year public educator, formerly an elementary and middle school teacher and instructional technology specialist. He regularly presents, speaks, and consults at conferences including TCEA, ISTE, CAST, TASCD, TLA, and more, particularly on topics of innovation, creativity, and the maker culture in schools. He is focused this year on successful implementation of a middle school robotics curriculum and revamped elementary tech apps courses, including much more coding, multimedia, and 3D design and printing. He lives in New Braunfels, Texas, with his lovely elementary PE teacher wife of 22 years, brilliant and beautiful 15-year old daughter, and hilarious and talented 13-year old son.

Brian Smith @@1to1brian

1:1 Technology Learning Coach, FWISD

Brian Smith is currently a 1:1 Technology Learning Coach in Fort Worth ISD with the responsibility of providing personalized PD and digital culture changing opportunities for teachers and administrators in regards to technology integration within the learning Environment. He is also responsible for providing support for schools in the area of digital equity by providing equal access and learning opportunities for all students. He has developed Student Tech Squads and Innovation Leadership Committees with the emphasis on providing a opportunities for students to Create, Collaborate, Communicate Critically Think and Change their current educational environments. Brian’s is a Common Sense Education Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and an Alpha Squirrel Ambassadors all fueling his passion to Meet Student Where they are while providing Digital Citizenship opportunities through the Student Voice platforms. Brian is in his 19th year as an educator, holding a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Missouri and a Master’s in Education Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University.

Knikole Taylor @knikole

Blended Learning Specialist - Lancaster ISD

Knikole Taylor is a passionate servant leader with fifteen years of experience as an educator and currently serves as a district Blended Learning Specialist with Lancaster ISD, a suburb of Dallas, TX. In this role, she supports the growth and development of teachers and students through seamless integration of innovative technology usage for student success. Through personalized coaching, Mrs. Taylor works with teachers and teacher leaders to craft professional goals to extend their scope of instruction and meet the needs of all learners. It is her firm belief that anyone can succeed with tailored one-on-one support. Knikole works to assist educators in being their best for the students they serve each day. It is her sincere desire to see all teachers grow in their craft to have a lasting impact on the success of their students. Knikole and her husband, Paul reside in Dallas, TX and are blessed to parent three little learners Paul (12), Kaden (5), and Kaleigh (5). She received her bachelors from Texas A&M-Commerce and her Masters of Education in Administration from Lamar University. Knikole is currently a doctoral student.

Tracey Willyard @tracey926

Instructional Technology Coordinator ~ Cedar Hill ISD

Instructional Technology Coordinator for Cedar Hill ISD. I have been in education for 20 years. I have taught third grade, first grade, and kindergarten for 14 years prior to taking my current position as the district instructional technology coordinator.


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Association Partners


CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. For nearly 25 years, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 11 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.

edWeb is a highly-acclaimed professional social and learning network that has become a vibrant online community for exceptional educators, decision-makers, and influencers who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. Any educator can use edWeb for free to create a personal learning network or professional learning community to make it easier to collaborate, share ideas, and move forward faster with new ideas and initiatives, particularly those than leverage technology to accelerate improvement. Schools, districts, associations, non-profits, and education companies are using edWeb for online collaboration, and spreading the word about our easy yet robust platform.


iPadpalooza is a three-day event held at Westlake High School in Austin, TX. This learning festival is a celebration of the cultural-shift the iPads have brought about in education and the world. This event will focus on creativity, social collaboration, engagement and the compelling ways schools have integrated iPads into their classrooms. In 2016, we’ll be hosting our 5th annual iPadpalooza with the theme of “Summer Blockbuster”. The event will take place from June 22-24, 2016. This year we are excited to bring back some favorites from 2015. We’ll have our iLead Academy the day before the big event (June 21st) as well as many half-day “Learnshops“ which will focus on more in-depth integration of mobile devices in the classroom. We will also be hosting our third annual iPadpalooza Youth Film Festival in 2016. This is a K-12 film festival open to the public with the only rules being the short films must be shot, edited, and published all via a mobile device. The semi-finals will be hosted on the evening of the 23rd at the Alamo Drafthouse theater. The finalists will be shown at the closing event on the 24th. Our APPmazing Race has been a huge success the last two years and continues to get more and more competitive. This year, the members of the winning team each won an Apple Watch! We hope you will join us in Austin this summer for all of these special one-of-a-kind features plus a few surprises! iPadpalooza…It’s not a conference, it’s a learning festival!

Texas K-12 CTO Council

The Texas K-12 CTO Council is a non-profit association of chief technology officers from Texas schools. Our purpose is to assist Texas K-12 School districts in understanding how to plan for the use and successful implementation of information technology in Texas schools and advocate for districts' technology needs to improve student learning. Join us for our upcoming Fall Meeting, October 21, 2016 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott! You can find out more information on our website:

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. The mission of iNACOL is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning.

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit