Matthew X. Curinga

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2010
New York, NY

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

1999
New York, NY

Teachers College, Columbia University
MA Computing and Education

1993
Waterville, ME

Colby College
BA English Literature
cum laude, honors in major

AY 1991-1992
Cork City, Ireland

Academic positions

2010-present
New York

Adelphi University
College of Education and Health Sciences Associate Professor, 2016-present
Assistant Professor, 2010-2016

2001, 2007-08
New York, NY

Refereed articles & proceedings

Uttamchandani, S., Curinga, M., & Drew, J. (in press, 2024). Cartographic Syntonicity as a Tool for Equitable Computer Science Education. Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Curinga, M., & De Freitas, E. (under review). Computational Thinking and the Infant Mind: Towards the New Empiricisms of Software Studies. Learning, Media and Technology.

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.

Saravanos, A., & Curinga, M. (2023). Simulating the Software Development Lifecycle: The Waterfall Model. Applied System Innovation, 6(6), 108.

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. (2024) Online Platforms and Code/Space: Increasing Access and Equity in Computer Science Education. The 2024 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 11-14, 2024.

Curinga, M. and Geier, J. (2024). Mapping open school and census data in New York City. NYC Open Data Week 2024, New York, NY, March 16-24, 2024.

Curinga, M. (2023). Protocol: A Constructionist game for teaching computing and adapted design in the Maker Lab. The 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 13-16, 2023.

Curinga, M., Johnson, T., Sahabir, K., Wilcox, R., Choi, H., and Saravanos, A. (2023). Learning Python and data science with NYC Schools Open Data Portal. NYC Open Data Week 2023, New York, NY, March 11-18, 2023.

Curinga, M. (2018). Video games for learning in computer science education. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual 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. [symposium chair] (2024, accepted). Space, place and learning: The material conditions of education equity. The 2024 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 11-14, 2024.

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

2022-present
lead developer

python – pandas

nycschools
Open source python library to analyze public school data

2018
lead developer

javascript – react - node

Peer Challenge
Mobile app to support peer-to-peer learning

2014-2017
lead developer

python – django

PyTutor
Social/peer learning for computer science problems

2010-2014
instructional designer

python

Wikiotics
Free/Open language learning wiki

2009-2010
lead developer

java – android

Brainscape
Mobile flashcards and studying

2006-2008
researcher / programmer

python – zope

STEPS to Literacy
Bilingual writing/instructional platform for critical literacy

2002-2008
sr. software engineer

java

RewardTV
Gamified media/market research platform

1999-2002
Co-founder & CTO

java – android

mLogic
Crisp Wireless’ mobile media authoring platform

1997-1999
software engineer

cold fusion (!!)

RunTime
Web Content Management System

Funded Grants

2024-2027
$1,244,035

R²E²ADI (Recruiting and Retaining Educators for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion). Office of Strategic Workforce Development (OSWD), the State University of New York (SUNY). co-PIs: Emily Kang, Matthew X. Curinga, Tracy Hogan, and Stephen Rubin

2023-2026
$246,051

Mapping school buildings using sensory ethnographic methods: A district-wide study of school architecture and spatial justice. Spencer Foundation Large Grant. co-PIs: Elizabeth de Freitas, Laura Kurgan, and Matthew X. Curinga

2023-2024
$150,000

Spatial Justice as a Bridge to Responsible Computing. Mozilla Foundation Responsible Computing Challenge. co-PIs: Suraj Uttamchandani, Matthew X. Curinga, and John Drew

2019-2024
$1,200,000

Adelphi STEAM pipeline (ASP): Preparing next generation science teachers, Phase II. National Science Foundation Noyce Program. PI: Tracy Hogan, co-Pis: Cindy Maguire, Matthew X. Curinga, Elizabeth de Freitas

2020
$50,000

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

2020
$5,000

Curriculum Innovation on STEAM and Educator beliefs on teaching and learning. Adelphi University: Dean’s Initiative. co-PIs: Tracy Hogan, Cindy Maguire, Matthew X. Curinga, Elizabeth de Freitas

2011-2012
$1,380

Robotics for Programming. Adelphi University Instructional Technology Grant. PI: Matthew X. Curinga

2011-2012
$3,440

Wikiotics Design Research. Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant. PI: Matthew X. Curinga

Unfunded Grant Applications

2015
$835,008

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

2015
$34,800

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

2013
$1,500,000

Mobile Cases for Peer-to-peer learning. Institute for Educational Studies. PI: Matthew X. Curinga

Awards & Honors

2024
micro:bit Champions

Selected as a 2024 ambassador for the micro:bit educational foundation

2019
Excellence in Teaching for Tenured Faculty

University-wide award for excellence in teaching with monetary compensation

2018-19
Adelphi Teaching Fellows

Selected for faculty cohort to develop a service learning course for computer science education

Professional service & Volunteer Work

2023-present

Industry Partners Board

Urban Assembly Maker Academy High School
board member

2023-2024

Portland, OR

2023

MIXI Institute, NYC

2020-present

Brooklyn, NY

MIXI Institute for STEM and the Imagination
co-founder, faculty researcher

2020-present

Adelphi University

Graduate Program in STEAM Teaching and Learning
Coordintaor: Computer Science concentration

2020-present

Adelphi University

Graduate Program in Educational Technology
Program Director

2017-present

Brooklyn, NY

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

2007-2018

Brooklyn, NY

Sarah Smith Garnet Public School 9
Bilingual Education & Technology Advisor

2012-2017

Wikiotics Foundation (non-profit organization)
Board of Directors

2010-2015

New York, NY

Brainscape
Advisory Board

2008-2010

New York, NY

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

2004-2005

New York, NY

ContentBank/The Children’s Partnership
Technology Advisor

1998-2000

Harlem, NY

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

1993-1995

Grady, AR

First Baptist Church
Volunteer Adult ESL Instructor

Courses Taught

Course Format(s)
Adelphi University, Dept of Math & Comp Science campus
Computer programming for non-majors (undergraduate) campus
Introduction to computer programming online, campus
Adelphi University, College of Education & Health Sciences  
Digital literacies online
Educational information systems and networks online, campus
Educators multimedia studio hybrid, online
Foundations of open education hybrid
Learning with video games campus
Maker Lab 2: Equity lab campus, hybrid
Maker Lab 3: School lab campus, hybrid
Mobile learning hybrid
Online learning hybrid
Research & evaluation of ed tech campus
Special Topic: Philosophy of visual media online
Special Topic: Learning analytics online
Teaching with social media online
Web based programming of educational media online, campus
Community, Schools, & Society (undergraduate) campus
Technology and instruction campus
Teachers College, Columbia University  
Object Oriented Programming campus
Introduction to computers, language, and literacy, co-taught with Jo Anne Kleifgen campus
Data driven website development campus

Integrative Masters Projects & Theses (directed)

Fall 2023

V. Delucia, A novel mobile game for middle school math instruction

N. Spinelli, Effectiveness of the Delta Math ILS for secondary mathmatics education

T. Randazzo, Web-based professional development for novice SPED teachers

C. Berry, Program evaluation of elementary school digital game-based learning

Summer 2023

S. Swift, A new course on artificial intelligence for graduate level teaching candidates

Y. Cai, Transluaging with ChatGPT

R. Tarantola, Generative AI and music composition

S. Romanello, Impact of school technology integration on student social health

A. King, Visualizing K-12 mental health data

Spring 2023

B. Willouby, 3D modeling and manipulations for secondary geometry instruction

J. Liang, Augmented reality and instructional design: a review of literature

R. Wilcox, Development of multimedia learning materials for teaching data science

B. Gardner, Web resources for elementary STEAM learning

Fall 2022

Y. Chen, Multimedia Chinese course for lower elementary students

N. Gennaro, Ripper: An interactive historical fiction game

Summer 2022

M. Meeker, Impact of Social Emotional Learning mindset on students with disabilities

G. Masters, Web-based STEM learning resources

J. Santana, Spider: a python program to visualize classroom discussions

Fall 2021

V. Evans, A multimedia review of apps for education

Summer 2021

W. Guo, A literature review of games for math education

Spring 2021

J. Del Rosario-Babcock, A self-paced course to prepare students for CS1

A. Floratos, Media literacy and peer learning

Fall 2020

J. Eunice, Virtual learning for teachers

C. Owens, An online escape room for computer science education

Summer 2020

J. Liu, Digital literacies and students with visual impairments

B. Dove, YouTube and informal music education

Spring 2020

S. Henke, K-12 computer science education instrucitonal design

C. McCarraher, Math and computer science problem solving: a review of literature

Fall 2019

D. Matishek, Programming a collaborative college advising system

X. Guo, Children's coding hub

Summer 2019

S. Brodsky, Television and education

R. Lucia, An augmented reality game of CS education

Fall 2017

K. Williams, Assessing accessibility of 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

Fall 2014

K. Auchter, PyTutor: a web-based Python tutor

E. Flynn, Debate Time: a debate score and timing app

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

2009-2010
New York, NY

Brainscape
Lead Software Developer

2002-2008
New York, NY

Nielsen / IAG Research
Lead Programmer, Web Applications

1999-2002
New York, NY

Crisp Wireless
Co-founder, Chief Technical Officer

1997-1999
New York, NY

Sohonet (later RunTime Technologies)
Programmer

K-12 Education

1996-1997

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)

1993-1996

Los Angeles, Houston, Arkansas

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

1993-1995

Grady, Arkansas

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

Skills

computer

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

languages

English, Spanish, intermediate Italian