Institutes and organizations that support and promote education


Institutes and Organizations   
Institute for Learning Technologies (ILT)
Summary: In 1986, the Trustees of Teachers College established the Institute for Learning Technologies with the mission of using digital technologies as an agent of change in education.
Institute for Learning Technologies
http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/

During the first years, under the directorship of Dr. Robbie McClintock, then professor in the program in Computing, Communication, Technology and Education at Teachers College, ILT developed initial ideas about the potential for networked multimedia as transformative forces in educational practice. In 1990-1991, ILT was a partner in the Dalton Technology Project--a four-year, multimillion-dollar effort to integrate networked multimedia resources throughout the curriculum of this leading New York City independent school. This in turn led to a series of efforts in New York City public schools, beginning with the Harlem Environmental Access Project, a two-year (1994-1996) collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund and five inner-city schools, supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIAPP). Shortly thereafter, ILT developed the Living Schoolbook Project, a three-year (1996-1999) collaboration with the Syracuse School of Education, involving seven New York City public schools and counterparts in Syracuse and its environs, funded by NYNEX (now Verizon) and the New York State Science and Technology Foundation. In 1996-1997, ILT developed the Reinventing Libraries Project, a pilot program to redefine the role that school libraries can play in sustaining the curriculum with advanced media resources, funded by the IBM Corporation.