Dr. Roberto Joseph was born in Brooklyn, New York, the first in his family of Haitian immigrants to attend college. He considers himself an African-Haitian American. As a product of the NYC public school system, he understands first hand the need to motivate and help youth achieve their potential. Furthermore, he is determined to develop methods for transforming education to better meet the needs of society. Dr. Joseph worked for five years as a high school mathematics teacher and computer coordinator in the New York City Public Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology. In June of 2003, he completed his PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. Dr. Joseph is an Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology in Hofstra's School of Education. He is program director for the School of Education's Master of Arts in Technology for Learning. His primary research areas lie in culture in educational technologies and systemic change in education, on which he has published several articles. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Dr. Joseph is committed to assisting schools create meaningful learning environments to answer the future needs of students and society.
Dr. Joseph is the founder and CEO of CulturePlay, a "techspace" for Kids in grades K-12 that offers afterschool and summer programs to teach coding, game design, Minecraft, animation, 3D printing, film making, music making, java and python programming, and virtual reality.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (3)
Gaming and App Development as a K-12 Teaching Tool
Culture, Learning and Technology
NSF Grant (professional)
From the National Science Foundation in support of his project, “iDesign: Developing Technological Fluency Through Culturally Relevant Game Design.”
New York State Education Department Grant (professional)
This multiyear grant supports the Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) program at Hofstra, directed by Dr. Joseph directs, which aims to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers.
Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant (professional)
Motorola Solutions Foundation's Innovation Generation grant program supported Hofstra's MathApps Saturday Academy, a collaborative effort between Hofstra University and middle schools located in diverse communities on Long Island.
Indiana University Bloomington: PhD, Instructional Systems Technology 2003
New York Institute of Technology: MA, Instructional Technology 1998
City University of New York-Brooklyn College: BS, Mathematics 1994
- CulturePlay LLC
- Haitian Creole
Media Appearances (2)
Coding classes on Long Island: 6 places to learn
Dr. Joseph's coding course featured in this article.
Kellenberg High School creates electronic textbooks for iPad use
Dr. Roberto Joseph, director of the MA program in Technology for Learning, was quoted in a recent Newsday article about Kellenberg Memorial High School’s move to create electronic textbooks for use on iPad. While a growing number of high schools are issuing iPads to students, Dr. Joseph said he was unaware of any other school districts on Long Island that had written their own digital textbooks.
Abstract: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a recent popular trend in the online learning landscape that has its roots in the ever expanding repertoire of Open Educational Resources (OER) and distance learning technologies. The term MOOC was coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier to describe the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08) course and highlight the key characteristics of this new pedagogical model.
Abstract: Learning Technologies (LT) are defined as a dynamic and emergent aggregation of Web tools, software applications, and mobile technologies that integrate the technological and pedagogical features and affordances of the Internet and its associated services and devices, to facilitate the design, development, delivery, and management of learning (Kitsantas and Dabbagh 2010).
This brief describes the evolutionary and global impact of the techno-social transformation on learning technologies in terms of emerging pedagogical frameworks and applications. it provides examples of such applications in higher education, K-12, and the workplace, across the globe. The transformation and diffusion of ICT into an ever-present and accessible phenomenon is fundamentally shaping human activity and culture, changing human identity, and redefining globalization. Global activities have widened, intensified, ..
Abstract: This paper provides a conceptual framework for a systemic change process, both to help researchers advance knowledge about how school districts can engage in paradigm change, and to help educators and policy makers understand the big picture for such change. The conceptual framework is comprised of key ideas that have emerged from the authors' experiences in facilitating change in school districts, and from a review of the educational change literature. The authors first present an argument for the need for ...
Last year, the Centennial Ave. Elementary School in Roosevelt, New York received a new shipment of the New York State Science 21 kits. The new science program from the previous year was out, and the new science program for this year was in. As consulting university professors, the authors' task was to help the third grade teachers bring Science 21 alive in their classrooms. In this article, the authors describe what they have learned. They found that while engaging the students in inquiry based science lessons, the children themselves ...