Principal Investigators

Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies.  Chris's fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership.  His funded research includes seven current grants from NSF, Qualcomm, the Gates Foundation, and the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to explore immersive simulations and transformed social interactions as means of student engagement, learning, and assessment.  In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.  Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group.  His latest book, Digital Teaching Platforms, will be published by Teachers College Press in 2012.




Jody Clarke-Midura, Research Scientist.  Jody is a learning scientist whose scholarship focuses on research, evaluation, and design of emerging technologies for learning and assessment. In doing so, her work bridges numerous areas: equity, assessment, issues of scale, and mixed methods research. She has spent the past ten years conducting design-based research in urban schools around engaging students in STEM.  She recently co-edited a volume entitled, Technology Based Assessment for 21st Century Skills:  Theoretical and Practical Implications from Modern Research, published by Springer-Verlag. She holds a master's degree and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
















Current Research Team


Allison Browne, Implementation Specialist.  Allison is a Master’s Candidate in the Technology and Innovation in Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the past 12 years, Allison has been a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and a Teacher Leader of Assessment at the elementary level. She is interested supporting teachers in adopting new technologies that improve student achievement. She holds an A.B. in Sociology from Harvard University, M.Ed. in Special Education and Principal's certificate from Plymouth State University.


Amy Kamarainen, Content AdvisorAmy Kamarainen is the director of the Qualcomm EcoMobile project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University, a Certificate in Research, Teaching and Learning (through the NSF-funded CIRTL), and a Ph.D. in Zoology from UW Madison. Amy uses ecosystem models to study nutrient and pollutant processing in aquatic ecosystems embedded in urban and agricultural watersheds. She is also interested in using technology to enhance learning of complex concepts related to ecology and ecosystems science. In particular, she is interested in combining technology with outdoor experiences to build student efficacy in 21st-century modes of scientific inquiry. The Ecology Society of America named Amy an Ecology Education Scholar in 2011. 




Past Contributers

Jillianne Code Lori Kane
   Michael Maytrath
Miyoung Park Nick Zap