- University of Utah, PhD, Educational Technology, 2010
- University of Utah, MEd, English as a Second Language, 2001
- Brigham Young University, BA, English Teaching, 1997
Areas of Expertise
- Educational Technology
- Graduate Studies
- Teacher Education
Hello! My name is Dr. Gina Solano. I’m an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Education Leadership at Salisbury University. I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Technology at the University of Utah. I have 14 years of public school teaching experience. As a public school teachers, I taught Language Arts, Spanish, Library Media, ESL, Reading, Gifted and Talented and I am also endorsed in Educational Technology. I have taught public school grades 2-12 and enjoyed all of them. I love to read, dance, write, design, craft, sew, sing and travel. I have a passion for community service and international humanitarian work. I’m a techie and love it!
Dr. Solano is active in educational technology research, specifically that of the technological preparation of educators. She focuses on how technology is improving and changing the way we teach and learn. She also researches and participates in humanitarian work and service-learning. Her research demonstrates her passion for community and international technology and education efforts.
Dr. Solano believes that teaching is so much more than just grading papers and preparing good lessons. She knows that she is also responsible for providing a positive environment, engaging assignments, challenging coursework, and by integrating and teaching with technology. She makes the effort to get to know her students and their backgrounds so that she may be able to design learning tasks that best fit their abilities and needs. Assignments and coursework are structured around the learning goals for each class and involve a careful selection of texts and readings that best support the topics that are covered. Dr. Solano encourages a collaborative classroom environment both online and in person through: discussions, debates, alternative assessments, differentiation, and encouraging questions. Dr. Solano believes that teaching requires a touch of creativity, a bit of humor, and instilling an appreciation for the subject.
Solano, Gina L. (2011) Are English Teachers Receiving Adequate Technology Professional Development to Make The m21st Century Teachers?. vol. 2011. pp. 3748-3751. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
Solano, Gina L. (2013) Sound the Bugle for the New Uses of Google: Utilizing the Best New Tools for Collaboration, Creativity and Productivity. no. 2013/3/25. pp. 4053-4054. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
Solano, Gina L., Shelley, Gina L. and Miller, R (2007) Technology Implementation: How Tech-Savvy Teachers Access and Use Technology. vol. 2007. Computers in Education.
Fall 2019EDUC 570 CURRNT ISSUES IN EDUC TECH (Fall 2019)Examines selected current issues in educational technology. Focuses on on the impact of technology on schools and a global society, safety issues, the digital divide and the impact of distance learning. Introduces a framework for teacher knowledge for technology integration. Research topics and prepare multimedia presentations. Must be taken within the first 12 hours of M.Ed. program. Prerequisites: Admission to graduate study and basic computer skills (file management, word processing, Web-based communication and researching skills). Three hours per week.EDUC 585 TEACH & LEARN TECH TOOLS (Fall 2019)Examines the use of graphics, productivity tools and interactive technologies to enhance learning. Develops ability to plan, organize and design products that effectively communicate information and challenges the use of specific tools to solve problems. Use technology applications to design and develop interactive learning environments to support authentic, constructivist, problem-based learning for all learners. Critically evaluate tools appropriate for learners. Prerequisites: Admission to graduate study, EDUC 570 and basic computer skills (file management, word processing, Web development, Web-based communication and research skills). Three hours per week.ELED 202 TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION (Fall 2019)Emphasizes the role of technology for teaching and learning in pre-K-6 classrooms. Provides experiences with computer-based and mobile applications. Explores traditional and emerging technologies that enhance the learning experience for students, including digital images, video, Internet and interactive technologies as a means of developing meaningful learning experiences. Addresses Maryland state technology standards for teachers as well as national technology standards for teachers and students. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Declared elementary education, early childhood or double major. Must be taken during semester prior to applying to the Professional Teacher Education Program. Early Childhood and Double Major Corequisite: ECED 251. Three hours per week with enhancement.HONR 495 HONORS THESIS (Fall 2019)Independent study culminating in substantial original research, scholarly or creative work. Students may apply to Honors faculty administrators for permission to substitute another department's thesis or independent study course for HONR 495. The thesis must be completed with a B or better to fulfill the Honors program requirement. Prerequisite: HONR 490. Corequisite: HONR 496. Three to four hours per week.Winter 2020EDUC 694 LEAD & TECH FOR SCH IMPROVE (Winter 2020)Examines the role of professional development in the process of school improvement. Focuses on research and best practices for most effective uses of technology, literature on the change process, professional development standards and use of technology to address goals for school improvement. Examine strategies for providing effective professional development and create professional development plans for the school settings. Prerequisites: EDUC 570 and any two graduate-level technology courses. Three hours per week.Spring 2020EDUC 503 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (Spring 2020)Aids teachers in developing practical skills needed to manage their classes more effectively. Recent research related to effective management techniques and its application in classrooms will be considered. Appropriate management strategies will be selected, implemented and evaluated in the classroom. Three hours per week.EDUC 545 LRN, INSTR & ASMT IN THE SCH (Spring 2020)Identification of classroom problems and issues related to and involving instruction, learning and student assessment; the development and application of strategies to aid in resolving issues and solving problems; the coordination of student characteristics and environmental factors to improve the quality of learning experiences in the schools; and the exploration of the relationship between assessment and instruction. Must be taken within the first 12 hours of M.Ed. program. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate studies. Three hours per week.EDUC 570 CURRNT ISSUES IN EDUC TECH (Spring 2020)Examines selected current issues in educational technology. Focuses on on the impact of technology on schools and a global society, safety issues, the digital divide and the impact of distance learning. Introduces a framework for teacher knowledge for technology integration. Research topics and prepare multimedia presentations. Must be taken within the first 12 hours of M.Ed. program. Prerequisites: Admission to graduate study and basic computer skills (file management, word processing, Web-based communication and researching skills). Three hours per week.EDUC 592 SPEC TOPICS IN TECHNOLOGY (Spring 2020)Focuses on specific content areas and investigates strategies for integrating technology into performance-based teaching and learning to enhance student achievement. Students design performance-based teaching and assessment tasks that integrate technology into curriculum. Topics and issues will change to focus on different subject areas. May be repeated once under different topic. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the master’s track or the Certificate for Advanced Study: Teaching and Learning with Technology track, EDUC 571, 589. Three hours per week.Summer 2020EDUC 570 CURRNT ISSUES IN EDUC TECH (Summer 2020)Examines selected current issues in educational technology. Focuses on on the impact of technology on schools and a global society, safety issues, the digital divide and the impact of distance learning. Introduces a framework for teacher knowledge for technology integration. Research topics and prepare multimedia presentations. Must be taken within the first 12 hours of M.Ed. program. Prerequisites: Admission to graduate study and basic computer skills (file management, word processing, Web-based communication and researching skills). Three hours per week.EDUC 689 MULTIMEDIA IN CONSTR CLASS (Summer 2020)Examines advanced multimedia authoring tools for designing K-16 classroom instruction. Develops multimedia skills with audio, video, graphics, interactive PowerPoint and Web 2.0 multimedia tools. Examines principles of constructivism, lesson design for project-based learning and assessment strategies. Prerequisites: Intermediate computer skills (file management, word processing, Internet searching, and PowerPoint). EDUC 570 and any two EDUC 500-level courses. Three hours per week.
- Awards/HonorsBest Presentation AwardPresented by International Conference on Education
Hemingway Faculty Collaboration AwardPresented by Hemingway Foundation
Hemingway Faculty Excellence AwardPresented by Hemingway Foundation
- Licensures and CertificationsUtah Teaching License Level 3, Utah State Board of Education
- PresentationsIntegrating Cloud Technologies into the 21st Century Classroom.September, 7 2015Graduate Seminar, Milan, Italy
Project LIFE: Providing a solution for disadvantaged adults to achieve their educational goals.November, 3 2016International Conference on Urban Education , Puerto Rico, United States
Technology and teacher change: Are English teachers embracing and teaching new forms of digital literacy?April, 25 2017International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences, Venice, Italy
- Service Activities and Community Relations
Salisbury University Chair of the Seidel School Curriculum Committee: Fall 2018 - Current. As the chair, Dr. Solano receives curriculum proposals, reviews and disseminates them to the committee, leads committee meetings, and approves the proposals for the school.
Salisbury University New Faculty Orientation (NFO) Committee Member: Fall 2018 - Current. As a member of the NFO, Dr. Solano attends meetings, provides ideas, assists in the planning and organization of the NFO events and meetings, as well as attends them.
- Press Releases
SU Welcomes 40 New Faculty
Tuesday, September 18, 2018