Talk: A conversation with Mitchel Resnick

Time: Monday December 4, 3:30-4:30pm
Location: NYU MAGNET (Media and Games Network) Town Hall, 2 MetroTech Center, 8th Floor, Brooklyn.
Space is limited. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to ensure a seat.


A conversation with Mitch Resnick, MIT Media Lab

About the speaker

Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, develops new technologies and activities to engage people (particularly children) in creative learning experiences.

His Lifelong Kindergarten research group develops the Scratch programming software and online community (, used by millions of young people around the world. The group also collaborates with the LEGO Company on the development of new educational ideas and products, including LEGO Mindstorms and WeDo robotics kits. Resnick co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of 100 after-school learning centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies.

Resnick earned a BA in physics at Princeton University (1978) and MS and PhD degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked as a science-technology journalist from 1978 to 1983. He is author of Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (1994), co-editor of Constructionism in Practice (1996), as well as co-author of Adventures in Modeling (2001) and The Official ScratchJr Book (2015). He was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education in 2011 and the AACE EdMedia Pioneer Award in 2013.

This talk is hosted by Christopher Hoadley and the NYU dolcelab (Lab for the Design of Learning, Collaboration, and Experience).

Learning and Sustainability in the Himalayas: A conversation

Time: Tuesday November 7 3:30-4:30pm
Location: CREATE, 196 Mercer St. 8th Floor (the Noho Building)
Space is limited. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to ensure a seat.


Learning and Sustainability in the Himalayas: A conversation with leaders of the Uttarakhand Environmental Education Centre, Lalit Pande and Anuradha Pande

The Pandes will begin with a brief description of their Uttarakhand Environmental Education Centre and its activities, but the majority of the time is reserved for discussion and conversation with them about the themes that have arisen in their work over the last 30 years. Simply put, the Uttarakhand Environmental Education Centre provides a platform for ordinary people in rural villages to identify their concerns, develop and implement their own solutions, thereby becoming confident in their own abilities.

About the Uttarakhand Environmental Education Centre

The Uttarakhand Environmental Education Centre (Uttarakhand Seva Nidhi Paryavaran Shiksha Sansthan in Hindi, or USNPSS for short) was founded in 1967. Since 1987, USNPSS has been working with village communities in the Himalayas, when it was appointed a nodal agency by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development to undertake environmental education programmes in schools and villages in the mountain districts of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, now the state of Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand, located in the Central Himalayas of northern India, is a fragile ecological zone where human activities can cause extensive land degradation and significant societal impacts. Difficulty of access had protected this region from external influences and allowed the people living here to continue their traditional and usually sustainable practices. With the advent of education and globalisation, facilitated by roads, telephones, television, Internet etc., their lives are transforming rapidly. Other factors like climate change and migration are compounding the challenges.

USNPSS has a unique holistic way of working with mountain communities. Activities of the Centre have included development of place-based environmental education curricula and teacher training, adopted statewide; programmes on health, water, and sanitation; women’s empowerment and gender issues; programs to support livelihood development that does not depend on globalization; and programs to directly support community-initiated and implemented environmental and energy sustainability in rural villages.

About the speakers

Dr. Lalit Pande, director of the USNPSS, received degrees in Engineering from IIT Delhi, MIT, and Purdue. Along with completing the requirements of a PhD, he made an attempt to answer his own questions about life. He eventually decided to go and live in the mountains and came to Almora, India in 1984, his ancestral home, where he had never lived before. Approaching problems of sustainability and development with an open mind, he began to explore how USNPSS could influence local people and the ecosystem. In time, this resulted in developing and introducing an environmental education programme in the school curriculum, preschool education in villages, rural libraries and evening centres, women’s groups and gender advocacy, practical activities like water and sanitation, plant nurseries and afforestation programmes, and agriculture and climate change interventions.

Anuradha Pande has been working in the state of Uttarakhand for the last twenty five years. Through USNPSS, she has created and nurtured the largest network of rural women’s groups in the state, the Uttarakhand Women’s Federation (Uttarakhand Mahila Parishad), with over 450 local groups and over 16,000 members. She coordinates the network, organises and conducts training for women’s groups and community-based organisations and visits the villages and assists them to take up issues of women’s rights. Every year, she organises about twenty congregations in Uttarakhand providing a platform to rural communities to raise their concerns. She edits a women’s magazine, Nanda, which publishes articles written by rural women. More recently, she has developed a programme on adult women’s literacy and empowerment. She has also worked on development of the programme on environment education for school children. Anuradha did her masters in geology. Her recently published book on her work and reflections is called “Pahari Streeyan” (“The Women of the Mountains”).

Together, their work at USNPSS, with a network of community-based organisations and individuals in about 500 villages, led to insights into ideas of development, environmental and social issues and community learning. Their work has been supported by central and state government in India, by international governmental organizations like UNESCO, by philanthropic foundations like the Ford Foundation, and by individual donors, in addition to countless in-kind contributions from the communities they serve. In 2005, the book “The Ecological Village” was published describing the center’s philosophy and methods of working. In recognition of the impact of USNPSS, Dr. Lalit Pande was awarded the distinction Padma Shri by the President of India in 2007.

This talk is hosted by Christopher Hoadley and the NYU dolcelab (Lab for the Design of Learning, Collaboration, and Experience), with additional financial support from the South Asia | NYU Network. Additional co-sponsors include:

New grant awarded to establish Research-Practice Partnership for CS Education

The National Science Foundation recently awarded dolcelab a grant to support formation of a research-practice partnership with the New York City schools on computer science education for bilingual students. One barrier schools face is how best to teach computer science to students who are learning English. Translanguaging is an approach that allows teachers to tailor their teaching to whatever language skills children bring to the table. It is thought that the skills multilingual kids use to learn multiple languages may also be useful in helping them learn to program computers. This project will explore whether that is the case, and will develop and test approaches for bilingual educators to incorporate computer science concepts in their teaching.

This project is a partnership between researchers in computer science education at NYU, researchers in language and literacy at the City University of New York (CUNY), and educators at three New York City public middle schools serving predominantly low-income Latino students. As part of the project, the researchers will develop a professional development toolkit for integrating computational thinking topics in the middle grades leveraging translanguaging pedagogy. Designed to support emergent bilinguals in the classroom through professional development that encourages teachers to create and adapt curricula to their students, the project will also help build capacity in computer science education as the City continues to roll out its Computer Science for All initiative.

The two-year grant began August 15, 2017. The project is led by Christopher Hoadley, associate professor of learning sciences/educational technology at NYU Steinhardt, along with Kate Menken of CUNY’s Queens College and Laura Ascenzi-Moreno of CUNY’s Brooklyn College.

The project website is

Hive Research Lab at AERA 2017

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We are so excited to present our latest findings at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

Fri, April 28

8:15 to 10:15am, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 221 C

Structured Poster Session: CS4All, but Why? Exploring How Different Visions, Motivations, and Ideologies of Computer Science Education Impact Implementation Contexts

Chair: Leigh Ann DeLyser (New York University)

Discussant: Christopher Hoadley (New York University)

10:35am to 12:05pm, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 221 C

Structured Poster Session: Crossing Boundaries and Increasing Impact: Lessons From Successful Research-Practice Partnerships

Chair: Matthew Holsapple (Spencer Foundation)

Discussant: Saskia Thompson (MDRC), Ruth Lopez Turley, Rice University

Sat, April 29

10:35am to 12:05pm, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 221 C

Structured Poster Session: Innovations in Methods and Approaches to Tracing Youth Pathways Into STEM

Chair: Karen M. Hammerness (American Museum of Natural History)

Discussant: Vera Safa Michalchik (SRI International)

2:45 to 4:15pm, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 221 D

Structured Poster Session: Fostering Networks and Collectives in the Out-of-School Sector: Achieving Equity, Innovation, and Learning Ecosystems Through Large-Scale Collaborations

Chairs: Rafi Santo (Indiana University), Dixie Ching (New York University)

Discussant: Jennifer Russell (Pittsburgh University)

VL Innovator Grant Winner

Ralph Vacca, a doctoral student and dolce lab member won a grant as part of the VL Innovator’s Challenge sponsored by VotoLatino, MacArthur Foundation, HASTAC, and Google. The grant is to fund a project called MiMente that aims to help adolescent Latinas improve their mental and emotional health through a mobile platform.

dolcelab at AERA 2014

We’re so excited for the upcoming American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting taking place this year in lovely Philadelphia. The theme this year is “The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy.” Check out the official meeting page, which also includes an online program.

There’s going to be a lot of dolcelab activity this year! Here’s a run-down of our presentations and posters. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fri, April 4
8:15 to 9:45am, Convention Center, 200 Level, Hall E
Poster Session 3
Poster: “‘Both R&D and Retail’: Hive NYC Learning Network as Infrastructure for Learning Innovation,” Rafi Santo (Indiana University), Dixie Ching (dolcelab, NYU)
10:35am to 12:05pm, Marriott, Fifth Level, Grand Ballroom H
Symposium: Pathways, Trajectories, Ecologies, Oh My! Bridging Theories and Methods for Studying Youth Learning Lives
Presentation: “Codesigning Opportunity: Researching and Creating Youth Pathways in a Regional Learning Network,” Dixie Ching (dolcelab, NYU), Rafi Santo (Indiana University), Christopher Hoadley (dolcelab, NYU), Kylie Peppler (Indiana University)
4:05 to 6:05 p.m.  Convention Center, 400 Level, Terrace II
Invited Poster Session: Excellence in Education Research: Early-Career Scholars and Their Work
Presentation: “Learning to Make Environmental Decisions in the Bhutan Himalayas,” Sameer Honwad (dolcelab, NYU)
Sun, April 6
4:05 to 5:35pm, Marriott, Fourth Level, Franklin 6
Symposium: Space and Technologies for Learning in Schools, Museums, and Workplaces: Recent Approaches in Design-Based Research
Presentation: “Designing Academic Technology-Rich Spaces to Facilitate Cross-Departmental Interactions,” Christopher Hoadley (dolcelab, NYU), Matt Lucas (dolcelab, NYU)
Mon, April 7
12:25 to 1:55pm, Marriott, Fourth Level, Franklin 13
Symposium: Learning in the Making: Studying, Understanding, and Designing Makerspaces
Chris Hoadley (dolcelab, NYU), Discussant [substituting for Kylie Peppler]
2:15 to 3:45pm, Convention Center, Terrace Level, Terrace IV
Roundtable Session 30: PCs in the Himalayas and iPads on the Reservation: Impact of Technology on Learning Within Cultures
Paper: “Indigenous Design of Appropriate Hardware Platforms for Learning in Nepal,” Sameer Honwad (dolcelab, NYU)
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Best student paper award at AERA 2014

Gabriela Richard, former doctoral student and dolcelab member (now postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania), won the best student paper award for a paper submitted derived from her dissertation research, which Chris Hoadley advised on. The paper was titled, Fostering equitable digital identities for inclusive 21st century learning: Exploring identity, agency and informal learning in game culture and online environments, and was awarded in the Joint Learning Sciences and Advanced Technologies for Learning SIG of AERA. Gabriela and Chris were at the Business Meeting on Sat, April 5 to receive the award (pictured here).

AERA_SIGSTL_AwardPaper Abstract:

Culture and experience have strong implications for school learning. The new digital divide is a complex mix of access, experience and resulting efficacy, which is often grounded in social experiences as well as economic inequalities. The study is informed by social identity theory and stereotype threat research, which underscore the importance of social identities, group affiliation and social context in the way individuals invest in and perform in fields and domains. This paper explores the impact of socio-cultural experiences on informal learning in game culture and with digital games, as well as how differences in efficacy and identity can potentially impact equitable 21st century learning.

Chris Hoadley and Dixie Ching partner with Indiana University on Hive Research Lab project

Chris Hoadley and Dixie Ching have received a grant to study the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network, in collaboration with Dr. Kylie Peppler and Rafi Santo at Indiana University. The Hive Research Lab will serve as the applied research partner to the network of 56 afterschool providers known collectively as Hive NYC, with the goal of helping the network members achieve a more coherent experience for youth participants and a stronger community of practice for the educational organizations associated with the network.

We couldn’t be more excited to work with our esteemed colleagues at IU! Please stay tuned for more updates, or follow our activities on the HRL blog and via Twitter (@HiveResearchLab).

Other links: NYU Press Release, IU Press Release

Hoadley in online webinar for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Hoadley presents with learning designers from Pearson today in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s webinar series on LX Design: Using Evidence to Ignite Learner ExperienceThe event explores how evidence and research can be used to inform design practices for learner experience design in online environments.


Chris is featured in news coverage of the new Media and Games Network

Screen shot 2013-03-30 at 11.06.01 PMChris Hoadley, lab director and program director for the Educational Technology graduate programs, was featured in recent news coverage on the new Media and Games Network (MAGNET), where the program and dolcelab will move in the fall, along with several other media, technology and digital games programs across NYU.

The full story and video can be watched here.