Department: Communication Arts School: Arts and Sciences Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: 2010
Lynn Rogoff is the recipient of the 2013 Presidential Engagement Award for Engaged Teaching and Learning by Part-Time Faculty. The award recognizes her work on GreenKids Media, interactive games that teach players about environmental science and how human interaction with ecosystems impacts animal populations worldwide. She is a sought-after expert in her field and served as the keynote speaker at the 2013 Jalloo Festival of Animation and Games in New Brunswick, Canada.
Why work at NYIT?
I was born and raised, went to college, and now live in New York City. It's definitely in my blood, so NYIT feels like my home. I enjoy interacting with our international world-class faculty, administration, and students.
Developing GreenKids Media to include interactive 3-D products that offer a fun experience to learn about endangered animals. I've received an internal NYIT grant to do this, including work on the characters, game play, database, and 3-D simulation of a Southwest China ecosystem, where players virtually find and save endangered panda bears. Ten students from various disciplines will be chosen to collaborate as a team on this project. They will receive internship credits and probable financial awards from participating in competitions.
I'm also interested in exploring pioneering product development for augmented reality learning on mobile devices or glasses as well as interactive television.
How has the latest technology influenced your teaching style?
I've been using technology for teaching since the '90s when I produced my first edutainment game, Pony Express Rider, for McGraw-Hill. In fact, when NYIT Trustee Robert Evanson was president of the company, I helped him to launch McGraw-Hill Home Interactive, a division for publishing multimedia educational software for children ages 8 to 14. Pony Express Rider was its flagship product to engage players in the history and confluences of the Civil War.
For the spring 2014 semester, I'm teaching Game Development and Digital Storytelling, a new interdisciplinary course. Game technology can be used in the development of careers in numerous fields such as computer science, business, fine arts, English, and communications.
Proudest NYIT accomplishments
Winning a 2013 Presidential Engagement Award as well as the People's Choice Award for GreenKids Media and NYIT at the 2012 New York State Business Plan Competition. I'm especially proud of my students who have grown and flourished on the project and in my classroom.
Favorite tech gadget
My new Asus Gaming Laptop. In fact, an NYIT librarian and I recently made a flipboard magazine of the GreenKids Media project that you can read on any tablet or computer. Take a look.
Going to the mountains on the weekends and in the summer. I retreat and recharge in a backyard wildlife habitat where I listen to and observe animals.
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Peter Ruggiero Class of 1981 Profession: Design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP