The College of Education will host the fifth annual Teaching in the 21st Century Conference (T21CON) on Thursday, November 6, in the Bone Student Center. T21Con is free to attend, and offers hands-on, engaging learning opportunities that help current and aspiring educators to gain an edge in using technology in the classroom. Registration is required.


T21CON is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker: Lauren (Wichmann) Hoeft ’07! Her presentation is titled “The Technology-Infused Educator.” Hoeft is an Illinois State alumna and serves as a technology coach for Prairie Elementary School in Buffalo Grove. Hoeft was also a finalist for the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year award. She earned a master’s degree in educational technology, and works with teachers to seamlessly integrate technology and differentiate with technology in the classroom.


T21CON presenters are P-12 educators with extensive experience integrating technology into their own classroom and providing coaching to fellow teachers. Presenters come from all different disciplines and grade levels, and this year’s session topics include augmented reality lesson plans, using 21st century tools to improve reading instruction, setting up a paperless classroom, and more!


Local and national technology vendors will host interactive exhibits featuring the latest and greatest programs and gadgets for current and aspiring educators. This year’s vendors include Microsoft, MasteryConnect, Normal Gadgets, Teacher Innovations’ Planbook, and more! Illinois State’s education-focused registered student organizations will also be on hand to talk to students on how they can get involved on campus and in the community.


As always, T21CON will be giving away high-tech prizes! Past prizes have included gaming systems, tablet computers, and more. The more presentations and exhibitors attendees see, the better prizes they can win!

The T21CON app

Paper schedules are so 20th century! To learn all things T21CON, get the free app:

  1. Download Event Base Image Eventbase in your app store
  2. Launch Event Guide
  3. Open Eventbase and search for T21Con 2014

Licensure renewal credits

For the first time, T21CON will offer licensure renewal credits to practicing educators. To be eligible to receive credits, you must possess an Illinois professional educator license and follow these two steps by Thursday, October 30:

  1. Register for T21CON
  2. Email Alex Fishel ( with your first and last name

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What: Teaching in the 21st Century (T21Con) When: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014 Where: Bone Student Center, 100 North University Street, Normal How: Register and attend for free!