TED Talks presenter and high school chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam will keynote Illinois State’s 7th annual Teaching in the 21st Century Conference (T21CON) on Friday, September 23, 2016, in Bone Student Center on the University’s campus.

About Musallam

Ramsey Musallam

Ramsey Musallam

A life-threatening condition and the inspiring words of the open-heart surgeon who saved his life jolted Musallam out of what he tabs “psuedo-teaching” following 10 years in the field. He soon set out on a path to renew his pedagogical creativity and dedication to students.

Today, the dynamic educator’s mission is “to meaningfully integrate multimedia into a hands-on, inquiry-based learning cycle” and to empower fellow educators to employ strategies that similarly foster student learning. Musallam is a highly sought-after presenter and is the author of Cycles of Learning, where his tutorials help teachers turn everyday apps like Google Docs, screencasting from an iOS device, YouTube, KeepVid and word clouds into effective tools in the classroom. His TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” puts teeth to the importance of sparking curiosity in the classroom.

Musallam received an M.A. in education and an Ed.D. in teaching and learning from the University of San Francisco. He is a Google Certified Teacher, a YouTube Star Teacher, and a Leading Edge Certified Teacher. Read his full bio.

About T21CON

Ramsey Musallam

Science teacher Ramsey Musallam.

Hosted by Illinois’ premier educator preparation institution, T21CON features dynamic engagement focused on the creative and effective implementation of educational technologies in the classroom for aspiring and practicing educators. The conference provides aspiring educators with a powerful introduction to professional development and covers strategies and topics pertinent to practicing educators. Professional development hours are provided to practicing educators.

Session presenters are educational technology experts whose strategies and leadership are improving learning in their own classrooms and across their schools and districts. Topics include assistive technology, free or inexpensive learning apps and software, flipped learning, classroom management technologies, and more!


What: The 7th annual Teaching in the 21st Century Conference
When: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2016
Where: Bone Student Center, Illinois State University
Who: Attendance is free for all practicing educators and ISU students
Find out more and register: T21CON.IllinoisState.edu

T21CON is funded through the generosity of two alumni and career educators, Robert and Mary J. English, and is co-hosted by the College of Education at Illinois State and the University’s Student Education Association.