Department of Education
Assistant professor, Lisa Zawilinski, PhD, teachers literacy methods courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Lisa provides practical, research-based methods for helping young children develop literacy skills and strategies across various learning contexts. She embeds Internet technologies within instruction with a focus on student variability. Most importantly, Lisa helps preservice teachers develop their teaching practice with an emphasis on demonstrating a love of reading, writing, and learning.
Zawilinski examines the skills and strategies necessary for elementary grade students to communicate to share and gather information on the Internet. She also examines how best to support preservice teachers as they explore and embed Internet technologies within their teaching. Her most recent study of elementary grade students explores the use of a blog for sharing information between first and fifth graders. Her most recent study of preservice teachers examines patterns that seem to emerge when Internet technologies like VoiceThread and Edmodo are used to expand Literature Circles conversations.