Roberto Joseph, PhD, Associate Professor of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership in the School of Education, has been awarded a grant of almost $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation in support of his project, “iDesign: Developing Technological Fluency Through Culturally-Relevant Game Design.”
From Dr. Joseph: “The purpose of the iDesign project is to develop technological fluency in underrepresented minority youth by supporting them in the creation of interactive computer games that are culturally and socially relevant. This project is a collaborative effort between Hofstra University and ten middle schools in New York City and suburban Long Island, all motivated to use rich new learning environments to improve their underserved students’ STEM understanding. The project will engage 450 6th-9th grade students and ten of their teachers in interactive after-school Game Design Clubs, a Summer Institute in which teachers learn to use innovative digital pedagogy, a dynamic Summer Academy that will train student leaders, and multiple experiences in which students learn about careers in game design. Program partners are Global Kids, The New York State After-School Network, and the Education Development Center.
The iDesign project will move students from technological literacy to technology fluency, from merely playing computer games to using tools that require programming and computational skills for creative design. With its goals of upgrading the technology education of middle school students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, the iDesign project will be of interest to educational institutions across the country because of its innovative after-school model and systematic curriculum modules that can be widely used and distributed.”