Teachers College, Columbia University
EdD Instructional Technology & Media
Dissertation: Social software and the struggle for freedom
Sponsor: Robbie McClintock
Teachers College, Columbia University
MA Computing and Education
BA English Literature
cum laude, honors in major
University College Cork
Program in Educational Technology, College of Education and Health Sciences Associate Professor, 2016-present
Program Director, 2011-2014, 2016-present
Assistant Professor, 2010-2016
Teachers College Columbia University
Refereed articles & proceedings
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).
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.
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.
Co-founder &Chief Technical Officer
Grants & Funded Research
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
Robotics for Programming
Adelphi University Instructional Technology Grant
Wikiotics Design Research
Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant
Awards & Honors
university-wide award for excellence in teaching with monetary compensation
$1,500 grant and course release to develop innovative service learning course for computer science education
|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|
|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|
|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)
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"
A. Turturro, "Designing a DIY listening center for the elementary classroom with Raspberry Pi"
C. Correa & J. Trask, "Investigation of video conferencing software to support synchronous online learning"
A. Lynch, "Spanish multimedia language learning and peer exchanges"
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"
S. Bogdanov, "MobiLit: an information literacy mobile game for learning"
T. Jennings, "Linking physical and virtual learning environments"
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)
"The millennial epistemology: Viralism"
"How video games change the brain and influence behavior"
Professional software development
Lead Software Developer
Nielsen / IAG Research
Lead Programmer, Web Applications
Co-founder, Chief Technical Officer
Sohonet (later RunTime Technologies)
New York, NY
Computer Curriculum Corporation (now Pearson Education)
Educational Technology Consultant, Public School District 32, Brooklyn
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 Public Schools
Bilingual/ESL Teacher (P-12), District Migrant Education Coordinator
Professional service & Volunteer Work
Zero Day Camp (non-profit organization)
co-founder, Board of Directors
Wikiotics Foundation (non-profit organization)
Board of Directors
Teunis G. Bergen Public School 9
Bilingual Education & Technology Advisor
JCEPS: Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies
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
Playing2Win Community Technology Center
Volunteer Teacher: Computer Programming and New Media Production
First Baptist Church
Volunteer Adult ESL Instructor
English, Spanish, intermediate Italian