The Teachers College Digital Futures Institute aims to launch a robust research and development agenda to study the latest advancements in technologies and assess their impacts across diverse educational contexts.

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What we do

We build upon the rich digital research landscape at Teachers College with projects spread out across departments, centers, and labs, where our colleagues are leading research efforts in immersive digital learning, extended reality, media and civic engagement, artificial intelligence and robotics, maker education, digital literacies, and much more.

These projects pose timeless, as well as timely questions, about different aspects of learning, teaching, wellness, community, childhood, among many other topics vital to the study of education, health, and psychology.

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Pedagogies of Possibility

Feature Project

This groundbreaking study by Prof. Detra Price-Dennis and supported by the Spencer Foundation investigated how K-12 teachers adapted their culturally responsive instructional practices during the shift to emergency remote learning precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Scholarship

DFI is engaged in developing projects to support digital scholarship that will have a broader impact within and beyond the College. Learn about DFI’s public scholarship initiatives and other projects in development with faculty and external collaborators.

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How's School

The truth is, we care about our young people, dare we say, even worry about them. But staying connected to their world and all the complexity they navigate can be a real challenge. The issues we look at include education, health, and psychology, but at the core is their well-being. And our ability to face things that impact them without losing heart.

(Re)Search for Solutions

(Re)Search for Solutions

Season 1 of the (Re)Search for Solutions podcast is a limited series focusing on unexpected and creative ways that researchers are looking at solutions to the persistence of gun violence. To develop these stories, we collaborate with the experts (professors, community members, doctors, activists, teachers, and more) to understand the stories surrounding their work.

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Pop and Play

Pop and Play is a podcast from Teachers College, Columbia University about play and pop culture. Professors Haeny Yoon and Nathan Holbert take play seriously. They talk with educators, parents and kids about how they play in their work and their lives, and why play matters.

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The DFI Gallery promotes public scholarship by blending research and art. We invite visitors and artists to explore new ways to connect, explore, and engage in the immersive experiences imagined in our three-wall public open-floor exhibitions. 

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Currents: A IUME Podcast

Affiliated Labs & Centers

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Black Paint Curriculum Lab

The Black Paint Curriculum Lab is a research and design space housed within the Department of Curriculum & Teaching at Teachers College. We host a vibrant weekly meeting for dialogue and cultural outings with a rotating group of participants, including current TC students, faculty, and alumni. Our activities center around investigative prompts to spark curiosity about knowledge that lives in emotions, memory, embodiment, senses, and spaces. We consider what might be learned from these provocations to inform teaching and learning. We wander, walk, map, and make as creative experiences that connect curriculum theorizing to actual curriculum design practices for diverse populations in a wide range of learning contexts. 

Media and Social Change Podcast

Media and Social Change Lab (MASCLab)

Media and Social Change Lab (MASCLab) supports media creation intended to spark social change, and the critical curation of and engagement with media through the lens of its impact on society. Our research and scholarship interrogates how media and society influence each other, multimedia-based research methodologies, and the development of pedagogy that uses media to foster civic engagement. MASCLab is housed in the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Snow Day Learning Lab

The Snow Day Learning Lab is the research group and design laboratory of Professor Nathan Holbert and is located at Teachers College, Columbia University. Our primary goal is to understand how people make sense of their world through play. To that end, we make and study games, toys, tools and technologies that offer opportunities to experience and explore things of personal and communal value, and further our understanding of how people think, learn, and play.

Become Affiliated

If you are a TCfaculty member and interested in working more closely with DFI to share and learn, please email DFI.

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