Cesar Chavez Navarrete is an assistant professor of education in the NYIT College of Arts and Sciences Department of Education at New York Institute of Technology. He holds a B.S in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College, Albany, New York; and a Master of Education in Instructional Design and Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Learning Technology from The University of Texas at Austin.

A U.S. Navy veteran serving in SEAL 2, he specialized in field communications, translation, and photography. He also worked as a spacesuit technician at the Johnson Space Center in astronaut crew training for the Space Shuttle program.

With experience in K-12 bilingual and ESL education, Navarrete has taught graduate education courses at The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas San Antonio, and has worked as an instructional designer for the U.S. Department of Education.

His published works focus on the use of social network sites in education, mobile-learning, and game construction learning. His current research interests include creative thinking, computational thinking, e-Learning, robotics, and student game programming.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Online flipped learning
  • STEM teacher training


  • Liu, M., Navarrete, C.C., Scordino, R., Kang, J., Ko, Y., and Lim, M. (2016), Examining Teachers’ Use of iPads: Comfort Level, Perception, and Use, Submitted to Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 48(3).
  • Navarrete, C.C., (2015), Investigating eighth graders' development of text-based scripting skills and their intrinsic motivation through game construction curriculum: a case study. Dissertation: Advisor: Dr. Min Liu.
  • Navarrete, C.C. (2014). Digital literacies and 21st century skills: The students'game design and development experience. In J. Viteli and M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2014 (pp. 1177–1197). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Navarrete, C. C., (2014). Creative Thinking in K–12 Education: Game Design and Development Curricula for Digital Literacies and 21st Century Learning. In C. Martell (Ed.) Advances in Game Design and Development Research, (pp. 1–24) Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York.
  • Liu, M., Scordino, R., Geurtz, R, Navarrete, C., Ko, Y. J., and Lim, M. H. (2014). A Look at Research on Mobile Learning in K–12 Education From 2007 to Present, Journal of Research on Technology in Education. 46(4), 325-372, DOI: 10.1080/15391523.2014.925681.

Honors & Awards

  • 2013: Journal Article Second Place Award for Online Social Networks as Formal Learning Environments, Learner Experiences and Activities – from the Division of Distance Education, Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT)
  • 2011-2013: Alexander Caswell Ellis Fellowship in Education – College of Education scholarship award

Courses I Have Taught at NYIT

  • EDLA 615 Language Arts and Technology
  • EDPC 630 Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • EDPC 605 Curriculum Design and Development
  • EDPC 603 Philosophy of Education
  • EDPC 615 Human Growth and Development
  • EDLA 638 Intro to Linguistics for Bilingual and TESOL Education
  • EDBL 605 Teaching Content in Bilingual/Multilingual Classroom

Contact Info