Illinois State’s 10th annual Teaching in the 21st Century Conference (T21Con) will from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday, September 27.

The conference is a hands-on, engaging learning opportunity designed to provide skills and knowledge on the use of educational technology to current and aspiring educators. Attendees can register at

This year’s conference keynote speaker is Monica Genta. Genta is the author of four books: Game Changers, 180 Days of Awesome, Crushing it for Kids, and The Rooted Classroom. She is also a middle school science teacher, nationwide educational consultant, and motivational speaker. Her TED talk has been viewed by thousands of educators from all over the world.

T21Con will also feature several session presentations by P–12 educators from across the Midwest, including several Illinois State University alumni, who are leading their schools and districts in the use of classroom technologies. Session presentations range across a variety of topics, such as assistive technology, Google classrooms, and educational games.

The keynote for this campus event will be held in the Center for the Performing Arts, with conference sessions held in the State Farm Hall of Business. T21Con is free to attend and is open to all practicing educators as well as Illinois State’s education students.

The event is jointly organized by the College of Education and the Student Education Association (SEA). It is funded by Robert and Mary F. English, two retired educators and Illinois State alumni.