Lab for Technological Literacy

Rochester Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Technological Literacy's focus is on research and outreach initiatives to help narrow the digital divide both locally and abroad. Below is a list of the lab's major initiatives.

Technical Literacy Outreach

K-12 Digital Divide Outreach

OLPC XO Laptop Research & Development

Software & Gaming Evaluation and Rubric Development


In a society that is increasingly reliant on science & technology for the day-to-day living, the public is required to make decisions on technologies they do not understand. The public relies on sources of informal science & technology education to stay current on technological advances, although there are minimal available resources for this type of self-education.

Few sources are being created or new research being conducted to increase & improve reliable resources for the public. The Lab for Technological Literacy works both independently and with the media to address these shortfalls to help increase the public’s digital literacy. These resources include museum programs, interactive media, and Internet websites.


Rochester Institute of Technology’s Laboratory for Technological Literacy’s mission is to investigate, expand, and demonstrate approaches to improve technological literacy through informal science & technology educational programs and resources.


Stephen Jacobs: Director, Lab for Technological Literacy

Stephen is the Director of the Lab for Technological Literacy at RIT and is currently one of three faculty working on an NSF funded CCLI grant on teaching Social Media. He has an MA in Media Studies, New School for Social Research. He teaches primarily graduate and undergraduate courses in Computer Game Development and On-Line Community. His strong communications background is combined with consulting and publication interests in the use of computing technology tools in all facets of communication, education and the arts. He has consulted for several multimedia corporations including Crayola and "Break It, Fix It, Ride It."

He is on the executive committees of the International Game Developers Association Writers and Education SIGs and of the Sandbox Symposium, a games conference co-located annually with the SIGGRAPH conference. He has had a second career as a journalist since 1987 and has published over 250 articles on games, entertainment and personal technology. He's been a regular columnist for the magazines: Videomaker, Television Business International, TV 2.0 and the technology news web site CNET. His "What the Tech!" radio show, aired for three years on NPR, WXXI AM 1370.

Eric M. Grace: Lead Researcher, Lab for Technological Literacy

Eric is the lead researcher for the Lab for Technological Literacy at RIT. As a New York State Certified K-12 Art Educator with a Master of Science in Teaching from Rochester Institute of Technology, he taught in the Rochester City School District for three years. During those years he started his own educational organization developing programs for Monroe County's Rochester Works!, City of Rochester's Summer of Opportunity, the Rochester After School Academy, the Rochester City School District, Rochester Institute of Technology, and many other local organizations.

Eric is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for a local educational organization, ArtPeace Inc. He is focused on narrowing the educational and digital divide both locally and abroad to enhance and enrich lives.

Remy DeCausemaker: Hacktivist, Lab for Technological Literacy

Remy is leading the PEN/NTID OpenVideoChat project, developing a software prototype for video communication between deaf and hard of hearing students in a class room environment. When he's not coding himself, he mentors the students and professors of the OLPC Honors Seminar Courses. As RIT's resident Hacktivist he facilitates hackathons and codesprints each quarter, including the Great American Hackathon, CrisisCampROC: Hackathon for Haiti, and BarcampROC5. Being CSI's Head Storyteller, Remy sydicates ongoing coverage of the OpenVideoChat project and other FOSS@RIT campaigns through the blog to places like and

Before returning to RIT, his most recent campaign work was volunteering with the Software Freedom Law Center in Manhattan, where he organized NYC's Software Freedom Day '08, and collaborated with Students for Free Culture and Creative Commons on the Columbia and New York University campuses. DeCausemaker serves on the board of not-for-profit organization improving access, openness, and transparancy of public information--of which he is a co-founder and campaign architect.


Digital Ripple

The Digital Ripple (DR) is an initiative of the Lab for Technological Literacy at the Rochester Institute of Technology dedicated to creating programs that empower youth with the knowledge and skills to make them agents of technological change within their schools and communities at large.


The LTL is working to support the One Laptop Per Child project by developing and offering a course in XO development for RIT Students, initiating and hosting a regional OLPC Club/Users Group, working to develop a set of rubrics for educational game development for the OLPC, offering OLPC Laptops on short-term loan to interested students, faculty, and community members.


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