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Announcements - Academic Year 2008 - 2009

 TCETC  2009 Conference:  Technology, Media, and Designs for Learning

The Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education Program at  Teachers College
invites submissions for its 2009 conference

This conference  will take place at Teachers College on May 10-11, 2009. It will serve  as a multi-disciplinary forum for graduate students to discuss and  exchange information on the research, development and applications of  emerging technologies for learning. The deadline for submission is March 16, 2009.

Please refer to the conference website for more  information and submission guidelines.

"TCETC  2009: Technology, Media and Designs for Learning"

May 10th and 11th

Join us for an exciting lineup of presentations and posters exploring the educational applications of new technologies and communication tools:

Instructional Design of Online Environments
•    Social Software
•    Web 2.0 Tools
•    Human-Computer Interaction
•    Computer-Mediated Communication
•    Mobile Media
•    Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
•    Games for Learning
•    Possibilities of Virtual Worlds
•    New Literacies
•    Identity Formation
•    Cross-Cultural Communication
•    Teaching with Technology

Please share this info with any one who may be interested in meeting and collaborating with scholars from TC and across the country.
Find out more…register : conference website
(it’s only $25 and we feed you)

Dr. Lalitha Vasudevan: Invited Judge for Media That Matters Film Festival

Dr. Lalitha Vasudevan, Professor of Communication, has been invited to participate as part of the jury for the Ninth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival taking place on Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

gamejam In a Game Jam, participants come together to make video games. Each participant works in a small team on a complete game project over the course of a limited time period, usually over a weekend. With such a small time frame, the games tend to be innovative and experimental. The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the first of its kind: a Game Jam that takes place in the same 48 hours all over the world--and CCTE/TC is a host site

!If you'd like to maximize your creativity by designing games within specified constraints, in a limited period of time, or to network and make new connections with both professional and amateur game designers as we embark upon an intense 48-hour journey of immense creativity, innovation, collaboration, and experimentation, then consider participating! The event takes place simultaneously at 44 different locations in 15 countries around the world. This year's Global Game Jam at Teachers College will begin at 3 pm EST on January 30, 2009 and ends at 5 pm EST on February 1, 2009.
To participate, you'll need to register at the respective host location. To be a part of the GGJ at CCTE/TC, contact: Shwetha Bhaskar at More information is also available at the Game Jam Website: There is a registration fee: $30 for early registration (expires January 16, 2009), $50 afterwards. Space is limited.

The CCTE/TC GGJ will be held at: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th Street, New York, NY, 10027. Room/Lab Location: Grace Dodge Hall

Spring 2009 Graduate Research Assistantship
Harlem Schools Partnership for Science and Math Education

The graduate assistant will support Teachers College faculty and staff in the first year phase of a five year project, funded by the General Electric Foundation, to improve science and math education in Harlem public schools (grades K-12).  The graduate assistant will work under the guidance of faculty from the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) and the Harlem Schools Partnership project director.  Responsibilities will include some or all of the following activities:

* Collect data for needs assessments and evaluations at the schools through interviews, surveys and observations
 * Analyze data and prepare reports for the project leadership group and evaluator
 * Provide on-site support to teachers and students for inquiry-based classroom activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
 * Participate in team meetings with school staff and with Teachers College Harlem Schools Partnership leadership groups as needed

Terms of Award

Eligibility for the award is limited to full-time Teachers College students, preferably doctoral students with day-time availability.  The funding package includes 3 tuition points and a $5,000 stipend.  Recipients should expect to devote an average of 10 hours per week to assistantship responsibilities.  The position is for the Spring 2009 semester.  Applicants will be notified of award by January 2009.

Application Process:

Please submit the following materials to Dr. Janell N. Catlin, Project Director, Harlem Schools Partnership via email to no later than November 14, 2008:

   1. A letter indicating your experiences in education, MST, and research
   2. Curriculum vitae
   3. One professional letter of reference

A visit from Jesper Juul, MIT games scholar


Teachers College was fortunate enough to have a recent visit from Jesper Juul, thanks in part to the efforts of LearnPlay, a CCTE-led student group.

Dr. Juul spoke on the topic, "What makes casual games so appealing, soattractive? Looking for 'the casual' in casual video games."

Jesper Juul is currently a video game theorist at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT gamelab in Cambridge. He was previously an assistant professor in videogame theory and design at the Centre for Computer Game ResearchCopenhagen where he also earned his Ph.D. His book Half-Real on videogame theory was published by MIT Press in 2005. His blog, TheLudologist, can be found at;

For more information on this or other LearnPlay events, please e-mail Dan Hoffman (

CCTE: Collaborating in the Global Studio Project

On September 30, 2008, Teachers College Provost and Dean Tom James and Dr. Jun Murai, Vice President of Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a cooperative relationship around the Global Studio Project (see photo 1).

Photo 1: Dr. Jun Murai (left), Vice President of Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, and Teachers College Provost and Dean Tom James signing a Memorandum of Understanding resulting in a three-year collaboration in the Global Studio Project.


The Global Studio (GS) Project is a digital communication studio autonomously operated with high quality digital audio and video communication facilities. Its global network infrastructure works to create a united space where universities and cultural institutions worldwide can experience one world over the Internet. The project has three goals: to examine the technology and see what features (High Definition, bandwidth, video/audio quality) help students learn; to explore factors that can be added into technology to enhance learning; and to promote joint education and collaboration research in the fields of educational technology, culture, arts, and digital media technology.

The agreement signed by Dr. Murai and Provost James makes Teachers College and CCTE part of an effort with eight other partner institutions and 27 additional academic institutions in 13 countries in South East Asia (via satellite Internet facility) who are actively pursuing research on cutting edge communication, distance learning, synchronous collaboration, video compression, and related issues. In addition to Teachers College, the partner institutions are Keio University (Japan) the University of Cambridge (UK), Stanford University, the National University of Singapore, Yonsei University (Korea), Tsinghua University (China), the Miraikan Science Museum (Japan), and the Japan Society (based in New York).

International involvement in education has been one Teachers College's many contributions to the field, and is central to its history and identity. Similarly, CCTE has a long tradition and involvement in technology and education globally. The GS collaborative project will contribute to CCTE's and Teachers College’s interests to strengthen international networks and prepare global citizens. This collaborative effort will last at least the next three years.

Housed in the Program in Communication, Computing and Technology in Education (CCTE) and directed by CCTE faculty member Dr. Sandra Okita, the project uses two 52-inch high-definition (HD) plasma-screen displays, a high quality digital video transport system developed by Keio University, HD video cameras, HD Polycom interactive systems, and an independent 1GB fiber-optic connection (that can be extended to a 10GB) to transmit high-definition video signals over IP—a breakthrough technology application still under research and development.

As noted by Chuck Kinzer, CCTE Program Coordinator, this project complements other research and development efforts underway in CCTE, and "will provide a research and development bed to examine understanding across diverse groups of people, and insights about distance teaching and learning with populations of all ages." Dr. Okita agrees, stating that she has already linked her Instructional Design class at TC with a similar class in Japan, using the link to allow her students "to examine communication across participants who do not share a common verbal language." She intends also to work with preschoolers during the project period.