Matthew X. Curinga

Curriculum Vitae


Summer 2010
New York, NY

Teachers College, Columbia University
EdD Instructional Technology & Media
Dissertation: Social software and the struggle for freedom
Sponsor: Robbie McClintock

Spring 1999
New York, NY

Teachers College, Columbia University
MA Computing and Education

Spring 1993
Waterville, ME

Colby College
BA English Literature
cum laude, honors in major

AY 1991-1992
Cork City, Ireland

Academic positions

New York

Adelphi University
Program in Educational Technology, College of Education and Health Sciences Associate Professor, 2016-present
Program Director, 2011-2014, 2016-present
Assistant Professor, 2010-2016

2001, 2007-08
New York, NY

Refereed articles & proceedings

Curinga, R., Raña, R., Curinga, M., & Maryutina, E. (under review). Assessing and placing emergent bilinguals in U.S. schools: Findings from field interviews. International journal of bilingual education and bilingualism.

Curinga, M. (2016). The MOOC and the Multitude. Educational Theory, 66(3), 369–387.

De Freitas, E., & Curinga, M. (2015). New materialist approaches to the study of language and identity: Assembling the posthuman subject. Curriculum Inquiry, 45(3), 249–265.

Curinga, M., & Auchter, K. (2015). Designing PyTutor: A Social Tutor to Support Computer Science Education Through Collaborative Study. In Lindwall, P. Häkkinen, T. Koschman, P. Tchounikine, & S. Ludvigsen (Eds.), Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015 (Vol. 2, pp. 833–834). Gothenburg, Sweden: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Battaglia, D., Curinga, M., Minicozzi, L., Vaughn-Shavuo, F., McCarthy, M. J., & Zarco, E. (2015). From laptop to tablet: a study of university faculty use of iPads to support instruction. Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 9(2).

Curinga, M. (2014). Critical analysis of interactive media with software affordances. First Monday, 19(9).

Sullivan, I., Garrison, J. R., & Curinga, M. (2011). Wikiotics: the interactive language instruction Wiki. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (pp. 223–224).

Book chapters

Curinga, M., & Saravanos, A. (2016). Mobile First Instructional Design. In D. Mentor (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Mobile Learning in Contemporary Classrooms. IGI Global.

Refereed conference papers & presentations

Curinga, M. (2018). Video games for learning in computer science education. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annula Conference 2018. Northumbria University, Newcastle, England, September 11-13, 2018.

Carlin, M., & Curinga, M. (2017). Educating against capitalism and corporatization through cooperative schooling. Presented at Marx’s Critique of Political Economy and the Global Crisis Today: On the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Capital, Hofstra University, New York.

Auchter, K., Groves, H., and Curinga, M. (2015). Opening OER to more students through computer supported peer tutoring. The sixth international conference on Open Education, Cardiff, Wales, April 14-15, 2015.

Curinga, M. (2014). Networks, design, and solidarity. The Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (US), Salt Lake City, May 29-31, 2014.

Curinga, M. (2013). The MOOC and the Multitude. The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, April 27 - May 1, 2013.

Curinga, M. (2012). Hacking Education, in Symposium Technology to Change Society: What Not to Do. Hackers On Planet Earth: Hope 9, New York City, July 13-15, 2012.

Curinga, M. (2012). To know is not important: Ivan Illich and Jacques Rancière’s relational pedagogy. Presented at The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Curinga, M. (2011). Building the learning commons: education as the work of producing open learning materials. Mobility shifts: an international future of learning summit. The New School, New York, October 10-16, 2011.

Hoffman, D., Saravanos, A., Hung, A. C. Y. and Curinga, M. (2011). Examining the importance of spatial contiguity and implicit learning in educational game design. Presented at Games+Learning+Society (GLS) 7.0, Madison, WI, June 15-17.

Saravanos, A., & Curinga, M. Lessons learned from using a wiki as a course management system. Presented at The 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). Milwaukee, WI, USA, March 10-13, 2010.

Sullivan, I. and Curinga, M. (2010). Wikiotics language lesson assembly studio. Mozilla Drumbeat Festival: learning, freedom and the web. Barcelona, Spain, November 3-5, 2010.

Saravanos, A., Curinga, M., Saravanos, A., Richards, R., Paek, S., and Kinzer, C. K. (2010). Examining the effects of instructor errors in asynchronous video. The 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver, CO.

Curinga, M. (2009) Wikipedia and Jacques Rancière’s philosophy of radical equality. Proceedings of Wikimania 2009, academic track.

Curinga, M. and Hung, A. C. Y. (2009). Wikipedia and the emancipatory pedagogy of Jacques Rancière. TCETC Conference: Technology, Media and Designs for Learning. Columbia University, New York, May 10-11.

Kleifgen, J., Curinga, M., and Kaun, K. (2008) STEPS to literacy for emergent bilinguals: integrating web-based and curricular support for Latino middle-school writers. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2008. San Francisco.

Kleifgen, J., Curinga, M., and Kaun, K. (2007) Multimodal Resources for Writing: Students Taking First STEPS+G. The 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association. Chicago.

Kinzer, C. and Curinga, M. (2007) STEPS+G: A Framework for Multiple Perspectives to Enrich Latino Students’ Academic Writing. The 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association. Chicago.

Arora, P., Curinga, M., and Kaun, K. (2006) STEPS to Literacy: Using First Language to Facilitate Second Language Writing through an Innovative Literacy Software Tool. Association of Latin American Scholars (ALAS) 4th Annual Education Across the Americas Graduate Student Conference. Teachers College, March 31 &; April 1, 2006.

Book Reviews

Curinga, M. (2011). [Review of the book Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia]. Teachers College Record.

Other Talks & Papers

Curinga, M. (2016). Handbook of Research on Mobile Learning in Contemporary Classrooms, with Dominic Mentor & Contributors [panel discussion]. Teachers College, Columbia University. October 24, New York.

Curinga, M. [symposium chair] (2013). The Poverty of Cognitive Capitalism. The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, April 27 - May 1, 2013.

Curinga, M. (2013). Learning Management Systems: Moodle and Beyond. The Adelphi University 2013 Teaching, Learning and Technology Conference, April 10, New York.

Curinga, M. & Crowley, J. (2013) [invited speaker]. Encouraging Learner Agency. Hybrid and Online Teaching & Learning Seminar, Adelphi University, New York, January 10 - 17, 2013.

Curinga, M. [panel chair] (2012). The Occupy Movement: Youth Activism and Social Media. Adelphi University Seventh Annual Conference for Peace and Human Rights, Adelphi University, New York, March 29-30.

Curinga, M. [discussant] (2011). Fusing Technology With Instruction: Finding Ways to Make Technology Effective for Learning. Symposium at the AERA Annual Meeting 2011. New Orleans.

Curinga, M. (2011). Teaching the Foundations of Open Education. Wikipedia Day 10th Birthday Celebration and Mini-Conference, New York University, New York, January 15, 2011.

Curinga, M. [panelist] (2010). Pedagogical freedom. DebConf10: Debian, Free Software, and Education. New York, August 1-7, 2010.

Curinga, M. (2009). Education – Software – Freedom. Invited lecture, EdLab Seminar, Columbia University, New York. May 13, 2009.

Curinga, M. (2006). The STEPS+G and CTELL technical architectures: possibilities for building interactive language software. Paper presentation at the Second International Roundtable on Digital Language Learning. Tamkang University, Taiwan, December 12-13, 2006.

Curinga, M. (2001). [panelist] Wireless Stimulants: BREW and Wireless Java. CTIA Wireless & Internet Conference, San Diego, September 10, 2001.

White papers, working papers, technical reports, etc

Curinga, M. and Timlaris, L. (2010). Technology and Education Transformation. Technical report prepared for the Intel Strategy, Research and Assessment Team.

Curinga, M. (2010). Mobile Learning. Technical report prepared for the Intel Strategy, Research and Assessment Team.

Curinga, M. (2010). Education and the Semantic Web. Technical report prepared for the Intel Strategy, Research and Assessment Team.

Curinga, M. (2009). Web 2.0 and Learning: a review of literature. Technical report prepared for the Intel Strategy, Research and Assessment Team.

Software works

Peer Challenge—mobile app to support peer-to-peer

case-based learning

PyTutor—a social tutoring/peer-learning approach to online computer science education.

Lead developer/architect.

Wikiotics—Free/Open language learning wiki.

Instructional design

Brainscape—Mobile & Web Study Platform

Lead developer

RewardTV—Gamified Media/Market Research Platform

Lead programmer

mLogic—Crisp Wireless' mobile media authoring platform

Co-founder &Chief Technical Officer

RunTime—Web Content Management System

Software engineer

Grants & Funded Research


granted, winter cohort

BLAST: Bilingual Language Assessment and Skills Tracker
National Science Foundation I-Corps
Rocio Raña (technical lead), Evgeniya Maryutina (entrepennerial lead), Matthew X. Curinga (industry mentor)



Computational number sense in middle school mathematics: Creative approaches to algorithmic problem solving
National Science Foundation
co-Pis: Elizabeth de Freitas, Lee Stemkoski, Matthew X. Curinga, Dominic Klyve, Rebecca Rufo-Tepper



Algorithms, accountability and the ethics of education research: Interrogating digital research methods
AERA Educational Research Conference Proposal
co-Pis: Elizabeth de Freitas (chair), Matthew X. Curinga, Stephanie Daza, Ezekiel Dixon-Román, & Patti Lather



Mobile Cases for Peer-to-peer learning
Institute for Educational Studies


granted 2/21/11

Robotics for Programming
Adelphi University Instructional Technology Grant


granted 2/2/11

Wikiotics Design Research
Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant

Awards & Honors

Excellence in Teaching for Tenured Faculty

university-wide award for excellence in teaching with monetary compensation

Adelphi Teaching Fellows

$1,500 grant and course release to develop innovative service learning course for computer science education

Courses Taught

Course Format(s)
Adelphi University, Dept of Math & Comp Science  
Computer Programming for Non-Majors (undergraduate) traditional
Introduction to Computer Programming online, traditional
Adelphi University, School of Education  
Web Based Programming of Educational Media online, traditional
Digital Literacies online
Foundations of Open Education hybrid
Educators Multimedia Studio hybrid
Research & Evaluation of Ed Tech traditional
School-based practicum in Ed Tech hybrid
Special Topic: Philosophy of Visual Media online
Mobile Learning hybrid
Learning with video games traditional
Teaching with social media online
Community, Schools, & Society (undergraduate) traditional
Technology and Instruction traditional
Teachers College, Columbia University  
Object Oriented Programming traditional
Introduction to Computers, Language, and Literacy, co-taught with Jo Anne Kleifgen traditional
Data Driven Website Development traditional

Integrative Masters Projects (directed)

Fall 2017

K. Williams, "Assessing Accessibility for Online courses at Adelphi University"

R. Sobeck, "Interactive poetry with Twine"

F. Carus, "Designing an online OER for chemistry instruction"

Spring 2017

A. Turturro, "Designing a DIY listening center for the elementary classroom with Raspberry Pi"

Spring 2016

C. Correa & J. Trask, "Investigation of video conferencing software to support synchronous online learning"

Fall 2015

A. Lynch, "Spanish multimedia language learning and peer exchanges"

Summer 2015

K. Hart, "HCI and user experience in scholarly search systems"

L. Dumitrescu, "Universal Design for Learning in Massive Open Online Courses"

J. Diaz, "A MOOC for high school history"

Summer 2014

S. Bogdanov, "MobiLit: an information literacy mobile game for learning"

T. Jennings, "Linking physical and virtual learning environments"

Spring 2014

A. Fleurimond, "Computer programming for educators: a proposition for the inclusion of computational thinking in teacher preparation programs and professional development"

Undergraduate Honors Theses (reader)

Spring 2014

"The millennial epistemology: Viralism"

Spring 2013

"How video games change the brain and influence behavior"

Work Experience

Professional software development

New York, NY

Lead Software Developer

New York, NY

Nielsen / IAG Research
Lead Programmer, Web Applications

New York, NY

Crisp Wireless
Co-founder, Chief Technical Officer

New York, NY

Sohonet (later RunTime Technologies)

K-12 Education


New York, NY

Computer Curriculum Corporation (now Pearson Education)
Educational Technology Consultant, Public School District 32, Brooklyn

Fall 1996

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Alternative Education Center
ESL Teacher (grades 9-12)


Los Angeles, Houston, Arkansas

Teach For America
Corps Member, Curriculum Consultant and Instructor for Summer Institute


Grady, Arkansas

Grady Public Schools
Bilingual/ESL Teacher (P-12), District Migrant Education Coordinator

Professional service & Volunteer Work


Brooklyn, NY

Zero Day Camp (non-profit organization)
co-founder, Board of Directors


Wikiotics Foundation (non-profit organization)
Board of Directors


Brooklyn, NY

Teunis G. Bergen Public School 9
Bilingual Education & Technology Advisor


Advisory Board


Technology Working Group


New York, NY

spaces e-journal of arts and humanities
Editorial Board, Teachers College


New York, NY

ContentBank/The Children’s Partnership
Technology Advisor


Harlem, NY

Playing2Win Community Technology Center
Volunteer Teacher: Computer Programming and New Media Production


Grady, AR

First Baptist Church
Volunteer Adult ESL Instructor



Python (Pandas, Numpy, GeoPy, Flask, Django, NLTK, circuit/micropython), Javascript (React, Leaflet, d3, node), Java, Android, SQL/nosql, PHP, LISP, C++


English, Spanish, intermediate Italian