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Inside Iowa State
March 19, 1999

ISU cited for tech teaching

by Steve Sullivan

A new national report has cited an Iowa State program as a model for the best use of technology in teaching.

The report by the CEO Forum on Education and Technology assesses the nation's progress toward integrating technology into classrooms. The CEO Forum's just-published annual report cites the College of Education's curriculum and instruction program, which infuses technology into teacher preparation. Before faculty could teach students about the uses of technology in the classroom, many had to learn it themselves. In 1992, undergraduate and graduate students began serving as mentors to faculty on uses of technology in the classroom.

Surveys indicate that faculty confidence with technology has grown since the mentoring program was created. Enrollment in a minor in education computing has grown 100 percent in the past two years.

The CEO Forum comprises chief executives from major corporations, including IBM, Dell and The Washington Post, and education organizations, including the National Education Association and the National School Boards Association. The forum highlights the importance of education technology and monitors its implementation in schools to improve student learning.

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