As a high school chemistry teacher, Ramsey Musallam expands curiosity in the classroom through multimedia and new technology.
Technological innovation in education can be a slow and painful process, with new technology difficult to acquire, implement and adopt. But that doesn't stop Ramsey Musallam, a chemistry teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco, whose mission is "to meaningfully integrate multimedia into a hands-on, inquiry-based learning cycle" and to empower other educators to do the same. Musallam is a vocal advocate for tools like flipteaching, tabcasting, video podcasting and screencasting in the classroom. He runs the education blog Cycles of Learning, where he gives written and video tutorials on how to turn everyday apps like Google Docs, screencasting from an iOS device, YouTube, KeepVid and word clouds as effective teaching tools. Musallam received an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco in 2010.
“Flipping a boring lecture from the classroom to the screen of a mobile device [is] the same dehumanizing chatter, just wrapped up in fancy clothing.”
“[If] we have the guts to confuse our students, perplex them, and evoke real questions … we as teachers have information that we can use to tailor robust and informed methods of blended instruction.”
“Student questions are the seeds of real learning — not some scripted curriculum that gives them tidbits of random information.”