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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Feature Project

Pedagogies of Possibility: Exploring Culturally Responsive Education during COVID-19

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.

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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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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

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DFI Working Papers

Occasional paper series featuring multi-genre commentaries on topics related to digital futures. 

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Become Affiliated

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

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