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 23-year veteran educator, Brooks found her niche 14 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 works with all 1175 K-5 students in her school using project learning. From coding to design, her students are given opportunities to grow their technological skill-set and enter the new digital literacy world with confidence. Brooks is also a Certified BrainPOP Educator, an OSMO ambassador, a Seesaw ambassador, a 2015 PBS Digital Innovator Award recipient, a 2016 Apple Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2017. Creator of the #WESiPadLab in the Cherokee County School District Plus #iPads4Elem and #iPads4Edu presentations at an Educational Technology Conference near you!