Preservice teachers practice creative computing during technology lab

Students during EDUC 201 lab taught by Sarvinder Naberhaus practice creative computing using Osmo coding blocks with the main goal of looking into the ways technology can be used to teach mathematical concepts and promote mathematical thinking. Creative computing supports the development of personal connections to computing, by drawing upon creativity, imagination, and interests. It supports young learners’ development as computational thinkers.

Preservice teachers (El Ed & ECE majors) take EDUC 201 – Educational Technology in the PK-6 Classroom – as part of their teacher education preparation program to examine how technology can impact learning and how it can be used to solve instructional problems in classrooms.

Future teachers will need to use many different types of technologies that are part of our changing educational landscape. The course stimulates ideas about preservice teachers’ theoretical and practical knowledge of technology and the role technology plays in teaching and learning. 

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Denise Crawford receives 2021 AACTE Edward C. Pomeroy Award

CTLT Director, Dr. Denise Crawford, is one of the recipients of the AACTE Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. Dr. Crawford along with Teresa Foulger (Arizona State University), Kevin Graziano (Nevada State College), and David Slykhuis (University of Northern Colorado) were recognized by the development of the Teacher Educator Technology Competencies (TETCs) and for their efforts to broadly disseminate the TETCs to teacher educators. 

The Pomeroy Award recognizes contributions through either distinguished service to the teacher education community or the development and promotion of outstanding practices in teacher education at the collegiate, state, or national level. The award is given in honor of former AACTE Executive Director Edward C. Pomeroy.

The award was presented at the AACTE 73rd Annual Meeting Awards Forum, on February 25, 2021.

Baran implements design thinking modules to learning technologies minor students

Evrim Baran profile Learning technologies students in the School of Education are using “design thinking” to instill an entrepreneurial mindset into their teaching. New learning modules recently implemented in their classrooms — which involve a process of empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and testing — encourage future teachers to use innovative problem-solving in classrooms using technology. Read full story



Innovative learning through technology internship

Caroline Aldrich profile Dani Schon profileIowa State University partners with Roland-Story, Colo-Nesco, and Gilbert school districts for a mutually beneficial internship partnership. Iowa State’s Caroline Aldrich and Dani Schon, seniors in elementary education, contribute to innovative technology implementation in the classroom during their technology internship. Caroline Aldrich is an intern at Zearing Elementary school in Colo-Nesco school district, and Dani Schon is an intern at Roland-Story Middle School in Roland-Story school district. Read full story


Evrim Baran and research team receive AERA SIG Outstanding International Research Collaboration Award

Dr. Evrim BaranEvrim Baran, associate professor in the School of Education, and her international research team received the 2020 Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning Special Interest Group Outstanding International Research Collaboration Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The research team (Evrim Baran, U.S.; Jo Tondeur, Belgium; Ronny Scherer, Norway; Fazilat Siddiq, Norway) conducts research at the intersection between technology integration, teacher education, and educational measurement.


Crawford & Hargrave receive promotion to “full professor”!

Denise Schmidt-CrawfordConnie HargraveCongratulations to Dr. Denise Schmidt Crawford, CTLT director and Educational Technology faculty and Dr. Connie Hargrave, Educational Technology & Critical Multicultural Education faculty for receiving the promotion to “full professor”. The announcement was made on Wednesday, April 1 by the director of the School of Education, Dr. Donald G. Hackmann. 

CTLT is closed until further notice

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are closed until further notice. If you have general questions or need some help with technology, please contact us at For specific questions, please see the contact list below.

Check campus news and updates on the CODIV-19 for more closures and resources. 

Denise Schmidt-Crawford – CTLT Director

Sheley Johnson  – Secretary II

Clyciane Michelini – Online teaching coordinator

Hargrave Accepts Award for Work in Science Bound

Connie Hargrave and Anita Rollins accepting award.Iowa State University’s Science Bound program has been recognized for outstanding advancement of social justice and educational equity, by the National Association for Multicultural Education. CTLT faculty member Dr. Connie Hargrave is the former Director of Science Bound and accepted the award with former Science Bound staff member Anita Rollins. NAME’s Rose Duhon-Sells Program Award cites Science Bound as a model of effective instructional strategies, attention to multiple facets of diversity, and the fostering of connections among home, school, and community. The award was announced on Nov. 9, as part of the NAME annual conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Crawford Receives Awards for Mentoring and Teaching

Denise Schmidt-CrawfordAssociate Professor and Director of the CTLT Dr. Denise Schmidt-Crawford is the recipient of two ISU awards for her outstanding mentorship and teaching.

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost has named Dr. Schmidt-Crawford as a 2019 Exemplary Faculty Mentor.  This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary mentoring of junior faculty, specifically those who go above and beyond the formal expectations of Iowa State’s mentoring program. Winners are nominated by their “mentees” for the positive impact they have made in their lives and careers.

In addition, Dr. Schmidt-Crawford is also the 2019 recipient of the James Huntington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching. This award recognizes outstanding performance in teaching undergraduate introductory classes and is awarded based upon “evidence of the ability to offer high-quality instruction in introductory courses, the ability to excite interest and involve students without compromising scholarship, and the ability to enhance student performance in future courses in the discipline.”