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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(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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Currents: A IUME Podcast

Affiliated Labs & Centers

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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