- Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.A., Jagiellonian University
B.A., Jagiellonian University
- Digital writing and new media composition; copyright and media literacy; multiliteracies and multimodal assessment; and technology use in teaching and learning.
Ewa McGrail is a leader in literacy research whose publications and work reflect ground-breaking research in literacy and technology in teaching and learning. Her work has appeared in a variety of top-ranking journals, including English Education, Teachers College Record, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Innovate, Action in Teacher Education, Kappa Delta Pi Record, The Reading Teacher and Educational Leadership. McGrail is the winner (with Anne Davis) of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education Distinguished Education Research Article Award and the recipient of the National Leadership Fellowship Award Program from the Conference on English Education (CEE), National Council of Teachers of English, and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).
In her research, McGrail examines digital writing and new media composition; copyright and media literacy; multiliteracies and multimodal assessment; and technology use in teaching and learning. She also explores the experiences of students and educators from outgroups or who are otherwise not in the mainstream. McGrail teaches master’s and doctoral- level courses in the areas of writing, new media composition, reading, content area reading and literacy, media literacy, literacy and technology, and English education methods.
McGrail, E., and McGrail, J.P. (2013). “Preparing young writers for invoking and addressing today’s interactive digital audiences.” In K. E. Pytash and R. E. Ferdig (Eds.). Exploring technology for writing and writing instruction (pp.54-76). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
McGrail, E., and Davis, A. (2013). “Blogversing with fifth graders: The intersection of blogging, conversations, and writing.” In C.A. Young and S. Kajder (Eds.), Research in English language arts and technology (pp. 265-290). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
McGrail, E., and Davis, A. (2011). “The influence of classroom blogging on elementary student writing.” Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 25(4), 415-437. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02568543.2011.605205
McGrail, E., Tinker Sachs, G., Many, J., Myrick, C., and Sackor, S. (2011). “Technology use in middle- grades teacher preparation programs.” Action in Teacher Education, 33(1), 60-80.
McGrail, J.P., and McGrail, E. (2010). “Overwrought copyright: Why copyright law from the analog age does not work in the digital age’s society and classroom.” Education and Information Technologies, 15(2), 69-85. DOI10.1007/s10639-009-9097-9