Educational Communication and Technology

Adjunct Faculty: Elana Blinder

Elana Blinder: Adjunct Instructor

 Elana BlinderElana is a design researcher at The Center for Children & Technology | Education Development Center, a former New York City public school teacher, and a graduate of ECT’s Digital Media Design for Learning master’s program. She has expertise in conducting formative research on educational games, apps, VR, curriculum, and programs aimed at improving teacher practice and student learning. Elana also serves as a mentor in the student organization Design for America at NYU, where she previously led an interdisciplinary student human-centered design team toward the creation of game-based learning experiences for the National Historic Landmark S.S. Columbia, the oldest remaining excursion steamship in the United States.

As a master’s student in ECT, Elana developed a framework for teaching design thinking to K-5 students and continued this work through a fellowship with 4.0 Schools, where she developed TheLegacy Project — a school-based program that uses design thinking to empower fifth graders to identify, research, and design sustainable solutions to problems that affect their school communities. She remains especially passionate about exploring the intersection of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and equitable co-design approaches that empower youth to meaningfully contribute to the design of their own learning environments and experiences.