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About iDesign


The Hofstra University iDesign project uses Culturally Responsive Game-Based Learning to make learning more relevant and effective, and to help students master content that they may not achieve in traditional classrooms. Students research topics that have impacted their communities and they develop meaningful games that immerse and engage them while allowing them to discover the consequences of action taken in real life situations, such as Hurricane Katrina or poverty in Haiti.

A key motive of the iDesign project is to introduce underrepresented 6th to 9th grade students to the culture of information technology early in their studies, before they lose interest, in order to prepare them for fulfilling opportunities for future study and careers. Also collaborating on the project are Global Kids, which has pioneered after-school leadership programs that use critical gameplay activities to address challenging social issues, and The New York State After-School Network (NYSAN), which has developed models for high quality after-school programs in 320 public schools.

The project’s multidisciplinary management team has had extensive experience in helping underrepresented minority students upgrade their skills in science and technology and in training teachers to employ methods that deepen students understanding of STEM content. Evaluation, conducted with the aid of the Education Development Center-Center for Children & Technology, will use quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis to help in guiding the project’s implementation so that its goals can be successfully accomplished.

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About iDesign


The Hofstra University iDesign project uses Culturally Responsive Game-Based Learning to make learning more relevant and effective, and to help students master content that they may not achieve in traditional classrooms. Students research topics that have impacted their communities and they develop meaningful games that immerse and engage them while allowing them to discover the consequences of action taken in real life situations, such as Hurricane Katrina or poverty in Haiti.

A key motive of the iDesign project is to introduce underrepresented 6th to 9th grade students to the culture of information technology early in their studies, before they lose interest, in order to prepare them for fulfilling opportunities for future study and careers. Also collaborating on the project are Global Kids, which has pioneered after-school leadership programs that use critical gameplay activities to address challenging social issues, and The New York State After-School Network (NYSAN), which has developed models for high quality after-school programs in 320 public schools.

The project’s multidisciplinary management team has had extensive experience in helping underrepresented minority students upgrade their skills in science and technology and in training teachers to employ methods that deepen students understanding of STEM content. Evaluation, conducted with the aid of the Education Development Center-Center for Children & Technology, will use quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis to help in guiding the project’s implementation so that its goals can be successfully accomplished.

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About Partners


About Partners


Hofstra university

Roberto Joseph, Project PI

Associate Professor of the Educational Technology Program, Hofstra University

Graduate Director of the Educational Technology Program, Hofstra University

roberto.joseph@hofstra.edu

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Xiang Fu, Project Co-PI

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Hofstra University

xiang.fu@hofstra.edu

Eustace Thompson, Project Co-PI

Associate Professor of the Certification of Advanced Studies Program, Hofstra University

Graduate Director of the Certification of Advanced Studies Program, Hofstra University

eustace.g.thompson@hofstra.edu

Myra Kogen

School of Education Grants Consultant, Hofstra University

myra.kogen@hofstra.edu

Global Kids

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Evie Hantzopoulos

Executive Director, Global Kids, Inc.

evie@globalkids.org

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Juan Rubio

Associate Director of the Online Leadership Program, Global Kids, Inc.

juan@globalkids.org

Ryan Waingortin

Program Associate of Online Leadership Program, Global Kids, Inc.

ryan@globalkids.org

EDC

Francisco Cervantes

Researcher, Education Development Center

fcervantes@edc.org

James Diamond

Senior Research Associate, Education Development Center

Senior Research Associate, Center for Children and Technology

jdiamond@edc.org

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Pilar Carmina Gonzalez

Researcher, Education Development Center

Researcher, Center for Children and Technology

pgonzalez@edc.org

Afterschool Works!

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner

Executive Director, New York State After-School Network

neichner@nysan.org

Allie Lidie

Policy and Communications Coordinator, New York State After-School Network

alidie@nysan.org

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About K - 12


Special thanks to all schools who participated in the iDesign program!

About K - 12


Special thanks to all schools who participated in the iDesign program!

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VALLEY STREAM – JAMES A. DEVER ELEMENTARY: ROXANNE MACDONALD VALLEY STREAM – HOWELL ROAD MIDDLE SCHOOL: ANDREA DIMANGO  

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HEMPSTEAD – ABGS MIDDLE SCHOOL: SUSAN LANGTON

HEMPSTEAD – ABGS MIDDLE SCHOOL: SUSAN LANGTON

 
UNIONDALE – LAWRENCE ROAD MIDDLE SCHOOL: MARSHA WILLIAMS

UNIONDALE – LAWRENCE ROAD MIDDLE SCHOOL: MARSHA WILLIAMS

  HERRICKS MIDDLE SCHOOL: ASHLEY VERTUCCI AND LARRY SINACORI

 

HERRICKS MIDDLE SCHOOL: ASHLEY VERTUCCI AND LARRY SINACORI

 
WESTBURY MIDDLE SCHOOL: LOU CALIGURI

WESTBURY MIDDLE SCHOOL: LOU CALIGURI

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About Articles


About Articles


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Hofstra Students


A special thanks to the following students who worked with Dr. Joseph and Dr. Fu on the iDesign Project!

Hofstra Students


A special thanks to the following students who worked with Dr. Joseph and Dr. Fu on the iDesign Project!

Bonnie Chen holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education and S.T.E.M. from Hofstra University. Bonnie is currently pursuing her M.A. in Technology for Learning, and is an active Executive Board member of the Hofstra ASCD Student Chapter. Bonnie’s contribution to iDesign include: – Curriculum development – Creation and design of PlayBook badges – Testing and implementation of PlayBook – Providing support to participating schools

Bonnie Chen holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education and S.T.E.M. from Hofstra University. Bonnie is currently pursuing her M.A. in Technology for Learning, and is an active Executive Board member of the Hofstra ASCD Student Chapter.

Bonnie’s contribution to iDesign include:

– Curriculum development

– Creation and design of PlayBook badges

– Testing and implementation of PlayBook

– Providing support to participating schools

Michele Dello Iacono holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education with a minor in Dance from Hofstra University. Michele is currently pursuing her M.A. in Technology for Learning at Hofstra University.  Michele is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. Contributions to iDesign: – Attends the financial records of the NSF-iDesign grant – Organizes iDesign meetings and curriculum – Provides support to participating schools

Michele Dello Iacono holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education with a minor in Dance from Hofstra University. Michele is currently pursuing her M.A. in Technology for Learning at Hofstra University.  Michele is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.

Contributions to iDesign:

– Attends the financial records of the NSF-iDesign grant

– Organizes iDesign meetings and curriculum

– Provides support to participating schools

Sharanya Palavalli holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science from Pune University India. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Computer Science at Hofstra University. Sharanya has contributed to the iDesign Project by: – Adding additional functionality to discussion forum on PlayBook – Coordinating and converting the business requirements into Technical Design – Analyzing and fixing issues with PlayBook

Sharanya Palavalli holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science from Pune University India. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Computer Science at Hofstra University. Sharanya has contributed to the iDesign Project by:

– Adding additional functionality to discussion forum on PlayBook

– Coordinating and converting the business requirements into Technical Design

– Analyzing and fixing issues with PlayBook

Sunil Kunnakkat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Arts with a concentration in Music and Sound and a minor in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As an outside consultant, Sunil has contributed to the iDesign project by: – Creation and design of new logo for the iDesign website – Creation and design of the Taleblazer Avatars for the iDesign project. – Redesign of previously implemented user interface for the iDesign website. – Provide general maintenance of the iDesign site. – Assist in the iDesign lab.

Sunil Kunnakkat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Arts with a concentration in Music and Sound and a minor in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As an outside consultant, Sunil has contributed to the iDesign project by:

– Creation and design of new logo for the iDesign website

– Creation and design of the Taleblazer Avatars for the iDesign project.

– Redesign of previously implemented user interface for the iDesign website.

– Provide general maintenance of the iDesign site.

– Assist in the iDesign lab.

Michael Davola holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music from Hofstra University.  Michael is currently pursuing his M.A. in Technology for Learning at Hofstra University. Contributions to iDesign : – Redesigned iDesign and PlayBook Badges – Runs the iDesign Lab – Tests and Edits the iDesign website

Michael Davola holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music from Hofstra University.  Michael is currently pursuing his M.A. in Technology for Learning at Hofstra University.

Contributions to iDesign :
– Redesigned iDesign and PlayBook Badges
– Runs the iDesign Lab
– Tests and Edits the iDesign website

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