George Lucas Educational Foundation

Amanda Armstrong

Doctoral Candidate, New Mexico State University

Amanda L. Armstrong earned her master’s degree in child development with a specialization in administration from Erikson Institute. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests include the intersection of early childhood, learning design and technology, and issues of culture and diversity. She is also NMSU’s Learning Games Lab coordinator, where she leads user-testing sessions and teaches summer sessions focused on game design and evaluation with youth.

She is also a founding member of KidMap, an organization that advocates for diversity and inclusiveness in children’s media, and she was recently a member of the Technical Working Group to refresh the ISTE Standards for Educators. Before coming to NMSU, Amanda was the program coordinator at the TEC Center at Erikson Institute, where she supported teachers and parents in using technology and media with young children.

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