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· Design and Research of
Educational Applications of

THE METAVERSE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

Empowering educators and students via immersive learning at Teachers College, New York City public schools, and beyond

· about dreams

Envisioning limitless possibilities

To dream of what rich, powerful learning experiences are possible in immersive learning environments like virtual and augmented reality – like traveling to other parts of the world or other points of time in virtual field trips or hands-on discoveries and explorations in art and science .

dreaming bigger for a young person’s life, career and future

That is, to help support young people (especially minoritized or underrepresented groups) to flourish, spark new interest in STEAM, and support possibilities and experiences for their careers and futures.  In short, play as a pathway for all to flourish.

· our mission

engage students and educators in exploring the opportunities of immersive technology and metaverse-based education

We embrace the power of XR and immersive, spatial computing to make learning come alive, delivering personally relevant, engaging hands-on experiences that can transform a young person’s identity and prepare them for STEAM careers and cultivate 21st century skills.

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· Support Teachers college FACULTY

Teach with Immersive Technologies

Teachers College faculty interested in using immersive technologies including Oculus VR headsets, merge cubes, and VR/AR applications in their classroom can contact Digital Futures Institute (DFI) for consultation and assistance.

Faculty can drop in DFI Faculty Office Hours, Monday to Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm in Mixed Used Space, 5th Floor Russell Hall to check out VR headsets and explore various applications on their own.

Faculty interested in using immersive technologies in their course can book an appointment with DFI for consultation.

Digital Futures Innovation Fellows is a DFI-sponsored cohort-based fellowship program that aims to support faculty with designing and implementing an innovative learning experience including immersive learning.

· Support teachers college students

Explore the metaverse

In partnership with Digital Futures Institute, we hold various events and workshops throughout the year to provide students opportunities to explore the educational applications of immersive technologies.

Games Research Lab

Games Research Lab provide multiple opportunities for students to engage in scholarship, learning, and design of immersive learning. Check out the lab's website to learn how to get involved.

Tech Playground: Immersive Technologies

Tech Playground is a safe and fun environment where you can try out and learn ins-and-outs of various emerging technologies. In the Immersive Technologies session, you can experience various AR/VR applications used for STEAM education.

Immersive Experience Club

Immersive Experience Club is where you can try out a wide range of VR applications and engage in discussions about how this technology can be leveraged for teaching and learning.

VR apps for education

A collection of VR educational applications for various subjects and grade levels curated by our team

Roadmap for VR implementation

A step-by-step guide for a successful implementation of VR programming in schools

Lesson Plans and resources

A library of ready-to-use lesson plans and instructional resources developed by our team

Training for Teachers

Essential training program to prepare teachers for teaching with immersive technologies

Student experiencing VR
· impact beyond teachers college

Immersive Learning in NYC public schools

We will develop resources including curriculum guide and classroom planning toolkit for teachers and partner with NYC public schools to integrating immersive technology into their curriculum.

· get to know

Our Team

We are a group of dedicated, interdepartmental faculty and graduate students at TC who are passionate about the potentials of immersive technologies for education

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Prof. Joey Lee

Senior Lecturer of Communication, Media and Learning Technology Design

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Prof. Detra Price-Dennis

Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technology Design

Prof. Haeny S. Yoon

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Prof. Richard Jochum

Associate Professor of Art & Education

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Minh Le

Principal Instructional Designer At Digital Futures Institute

Travis Feldler
Travis Feldler

CEO at TechRow

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Elliot Hu-Au

Doctoral Student

Jordan Burkland
Jordan Burkland

Master’s Student

Thao Vu

Master’s Student

Xichen Li

Master’s Student

· News and updates

stay Updated with our project

Motivating through the Metaverse​

Motivating through the Metaverse​

Digital Futures Institute’s Immersive Experience Club participated in the second installment of the program.

Leveraging VR for Connection

Leveraging VR for Connection

“Welcome back to reality,” Principal Instructional Designer and Immersive Experience Club lead, Minh Le says as participants remove their…

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