MassCUE4You

About the Program

MassCUE4You brings popular MassCUE workshops and programs directly to your district. MassCUE will arrange for a workshop or multi-day program to be held in your school.

Some of our popular offerings include:

  • MassCUE Evaluators Program-Individual District
  • Digital Story Telling
  • Using Google Docs in the Classroom
  • Best ways to use Interactive Boards in the Classroom
  • iPad as a Social and Organizational Tool
  • iPads to support Special Needs Students

2017 Summary of Offerings


Google Tools for Effective Instruction of Students with Disabilities and Unique Learning Styles

Instructor: Rochelle Cooper
Format: Online
Description: This workshop directly fulfills the current DESE Individual Professional Development plan requirement of 15 PDPs in the area of training related to strategies for effective schools for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.  Each session will include a short reading, collaborative discussion and an exploration of two or more Google Tools.  Also, as part of each session, participants will be asked to contribute to a comprehensive and collaborative collection of lesson plans and ideas that will be shared amongst the group.  The goal is to create a resource to be used by all – both within the course and beyond.

  • Online Session 1: Google Tools for Executive Functioning
  • Online Session 2: Google Tools for Differentiated Instruction
  • Online Session 3: Google Tools for Multiple Intelligences
  • Online Session 4: Google Tools for Students with Learning Disabilities

Googlify Your Unit

Instructor: Rochelle Cooper
Format: Online
Description: Pick a curriculum unit….any unit. Now, “googlify” it by spending the next 4 weeks transforming this existing unit of study into a digitally dynamic, interactive and collaborative learning experience for your students based upon the integration of a variety of Google tools. Explore apps, extensions and basic Google resources that can be combined with your existing curriculum material to create a unit of study that will be interesting, fun, and accessible to all students.

Each session will include a short reading, collaborative discussion and an exploration of two or more Google tools that will be applied to a facet of your unit of study. Also, as part of each session, participants will be asked to contribute to a comprehensive and collaborative collection of lesson plans and ideas that will be shared amongst the group.

  • Online Session 1: Google Tools for Unit Vocabulary and Key Terms
  • Online Session 2: Google Tools for Unit Assessment and Rubrics
  • Online Session 3: Google Tools for Unit Scaffolding and Differentiation
  • Online Session 4: Google Tools for the 3 P’s (Presentations, Projects and Performance Assessments)

Top Tech Tools for SEI

Instructor: Rochelle Cooper
Format: Online
Description: This online workshop contains content needed to fulfill the DESE Individual Professional Development plan requirement of at least 15 PDPs in the area of training related to SEI or English as a Second Language (for renewal of licensure).

Tech Tools researched in this course will be both Google and non-Google resources – all with the goal of creating an effective and fun learning platform for English Language Learners. Each session will include a short reading, and an exploration of two or more Tech Tools that will help you accommodate the needs of ELL and ESL students in your classroom. Also, as part of each session, participants will be asked to contribute to a collaborative discussion with colleagues. They will also be required to apply their learning for the week via a product that will be shared amongst the group.

All sessions will be held online, and topics will include:

  • Online Session 1: Read and Write for SEI
  • Online Session 2: Google Tools for SEI
  • Online Session 3: Presentation Tools for SEI
  • Online Session 4: Vocabulary Tech Tools for SEI

EduBlogging to Enhance Your Classroom Super Powers

Instructor: Rochelle Cooper
Format: Online
Description: Get up to speed on the basics of edublogging and learn how to effectively apply this
powerful digital tool to your experience as a Superteacher. Learn how to create and maintain
your own stellar blog(s) to use as a classroom management and communication tool, newsletter,
student journal and forum for class discussions. Also, see how to use your blog to pinpoint and
enforce the concepts within the Common Core Standards. Get your students blogging right along
with you and learn how to utilize their blogs as digital portfolios as an archive of learning
development. Read and comment on other model classroom edublogs (created by Superteachers
just like you!) for you to use for information and as inspiration. By the end of the course, you
will have set up at least one established blog and will be blog, blog, blogging away!

  • Online Session 1:
    Orientation – Blasting off into the Blogosphere: Introductions, 5 W’s of Blogging Basics, Intro to
    Google Blogger, Settings and Privacy
  • Online Session 2:
    Using Your Blog for Communication and Classroom Management: Set up a Classroom
    Communication Blog, Advanced Features of Google Blogger (making your blog beautiful),
    Adding Pictures, Documents and Other Features to Your Blog, Setting up Email Notifications
    for Your Blog
  • Online Session 3:
    Using Your Blog as a Digital Meeting Place for Class Discussion Forum: Blogging to the
    Common Core, Creating and Managing a Blog for Student Discussion, Teaching Proper
    Blogging Etiquette to Your Students, Creating Thought-provoking Discussion Prompts
  • Online Session 4:
    Using Student Blogs as Digital Portfolios: What is a Digital Portfolio? Archiving your Students’
    Work, Student Journaling, Easy Grading

Getting Started with Chromebooks in the Classroom

Instructor: Jenn Judkins
Format: F2F (full day)
Description: Chromebooks are increasingly becoming the “go-to” device for school districts due
to their low cost, ease of use and flexibility as a learning tool. As a classroom teacher or special
educator, you can leverage Chromebooks to increase innovation and collaboration among
students with tasks that promote 21st century skills and align to your curriculum. Join us to learn
how to use Google Apps and Chromebooks more effectively in your classroom in ways that
purposefully impact student learning During this hands-on workshop, participants will:

  • Become familiar with Chromebook basics such as helpful keyboard shortcuts, customization
    options and troubleshooting tips
  • Learn how to use organize and manage Google Drive for online storage of digital work
  • Understand the different sharing options available in the Google suite for real-time
    collaboration in the classroom
  • Test-drive Google Classroom from the student point of view and understand how it can be
    used to streamline paperless workflows in the classroom
  • Discuss classroom management strategies to ensure student safety and responsible use of
    devices for learning

Innovative Student Projects for Chromebook Classrooms

Instructor: Jenn Judkins
Format: F2F (full day)
Description: Unlock Chromebook’s most powerful features to increase engagement, elicit
student creativity and assess learning. Presenter will share a range of creative student project
ideas for kids in grades 3 – 12 using free web tools including Google templates that can be used
to seamlessly create Jeopardy-Style quizzes, flash cards, brochures and more! Turn review
sessions into interactive games that generate real-time data for teachers. During this make and
take session teachers will have the opportunity to create an array of exemplars to bring back to
your classroom! During this hands-on workshop, participants will:

  • Explore templates for Google Drive that can be used to seamlessly create Jeopardy-style
    quizzes, flashcards, brochures and more!
  • Examine free web tools that can be used for engaging, creative student-centered projects
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration and differentiation using digital bulletin boards
  • Test-drive free online assessment tools that allow teachers to formatively assess students and
    obtain real-time data of student understanding

Support CCSS Writing with Google Docs

Instructor: Jenn Judkins
Format: F2F (1/2 day – full day – All Levels)
Description: It’s time to retire that red pen in exchange for the powerful features of Google Docs and Add-Ons to help
students develop 21st century writing skills. Re-image the possibilities for peer collaboration and teacher
virtual mini-conferencing. See how leveraging customized keyboard shortcuts can allow teachers to
provide fast, effective feedback to improve student writing. Join us to learn how Google tools can help
you to thoughtfully integrate technology in the writing process and narrow the gap between school and
real-world writing. Participants of this hands-on workshop will:

  • Explore Google Apps and relevant websites to support each stage of the writing process
  • Create graphic organizers inside Google Drive
  • Practice collaborating in Docs with “Suggesting Mode”, “Commenting” and “Chat”
  • Master editing features including how to add and manipulate images inside a Document, create a
    table of contents and add MLA formatted citations
  • Utilize Google Docs built-in speech to text mode, Research Tool, and available Add-Ons to
    increase productivity
  • Tap into the wide array of public templates available in Google Drive
  • Review progress and track individual contributions and changes over time with “Revision
    History”

Google Apps for Administrators

Instructor: Jenn Judkins
Format: F2F (full day)
Description: Google Apps can transform how districts communicate information, as well as how they
collaborate and collect data from staff, students, and the community through its powerful, free, online
suite. See how Google Drive, Gmail, Docs, Sheets and Forms can be used within an educational
framework to save time and increase efficiency. Tame your inbox and learn hidden features in Gmail to
organize and quickly find important emails. Create and share Google Calendar events to more efficiently
manage your time. Plan to walk away with some ready-to-use strategies.
Participants of this workshop will:

  • Collaborate and share files using Google Drive
  • Practice basic Form creation for collecting data & feedback
  • Organize their inbox using Gmail labels, filters and archiving
  • Add and manage Calendar event details including inviting guests, adding attachments to events
  • Create notes and to-do lists using Google Keep

Google Drive for Education: Creating and Collaborating in the 21st Century

Instructor: Megan Hall
Format: Blended (one session F2F and 4 online sessions)
Description: This blended workshop will allow participants to explore the many uses of Google
drive as a tool for creation, collaboration, organization, and storage tool for both teachers and
students. All resources are online, and can be accessed at home or in school with no hardware or
software to install or maintain. This class is divided into one face-to-face session and four online
sessions (one per week,) so that participants will be able to fully explore all that Google drive has
to offer.

F2F Session Topics:

  • Online Session 1:
    • Google drive Overview.
    • How to create, share, organize, and collaborate on documents.
    • How Google docs Connects to the 21st Century Skills Initiative.
    • Differences between Google Drive and Google drive for Education.
    • Google drive on the iPad – pros and cons.
    • Inserting images, links, drawings, and comments into a Google doc.
    • Multi-lingual spell check.
    • Creating tables.
    • Creating, using, and sharing templates.
    • 4 C’s integration (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity)
    • Classroom application.

Follow-up sessions are online, and topics include:

  • Online Session 2:
    • Google spreadsheets
    • Sorting and organizing data.
    • Using conditional formatting.
    • Creating charts and graphs.
    • Google forms
    • Creating basic forms.
    • Creating self-grading assessments.
    • Organizing and analyzing student results.
    • Classroom application and data organization.
    • SMART goal discussion, and uses for spreadsheets and forms.
  • Online Session 3:
    • Google drawing
    • Using shapes, arrows, text, and more.
    • Annotating pictures from the web.
    • Creating brain frames, organizers, and more.
    • Google presentations
    • Creating basic presentations.
    • Inserting images, drawings, and movies.
    • Creating animations, buttons, and transitions.
    • Classroom application for students and teachers.
    • Online textbook creation.
  • Online Session 4:
    • Google sites
    • Creating a basic site, editing, and managing a basic site.
    • Publishing and privacy preferences.
    • Inserting images, videos, and tables.
    • Embedding items from Google drive.
    • Creating and managing student ePortfolios.
    • Creating and managing teacher websites.
    • How all Google tools tie together.

Educational SAMRais

Instructor: Susan Kiley
Format: Online
Description: Participants will scale the SAMR ladder to transform their classroom following
the 4Cs of Learning and Innovation. Various Google Apps, Chrome Extensions and other
online tools will be used in this course for teachers to gain the student perspective, and determine
the best tools for their own classroom. We will collaborate using your existing class lessons and
activities to see how they can be boosted using technology. The end result will be integrated
lessons & activities for your classroom. Google Classroom will be used as the platform for the
course delivery.

  • Online Session 1: Getting Started
    Goals: Course overview and introductions. Participants will be provided with an overview of
    Google Classroom, how its features will be used for the course, and collaborate on the challenges
    teachers encounter integrating technology in their classroom. We will also cover the the
    importance of Learning and Innovation skills for our students, and start thinking about the
    ‘HOW” instead of the just the “WHAT” to kick it up a notch in our classrooms.

    • Introductions
    • Course Navigation & Resources
    • Challenges of Technology Integration
    • The 4Cs: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity
  • Online Session 2: Tools of Engagement
    Goals: Learn the stages of technology integration according to the SAMR model and identify
    uses/tools of each stage for use in your classroom. We will be exploring Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s
    Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) model to assess our current
    practice and shift to our focus from tools to student engagement.

    • SAMR Model for Technology Integration
    • Engagement through polls for various grade levels
    • Class collaboration for various grade levels
    • Video conferencing with other schools, experts
  • Online Session 3: Flip A Lesson
    Goals: Flip an existing class lesson by creating a screen cast and online quiz to check student
    understanding. Develop classroom activities to complement the lesson using the results of your
    online quiz.

    • Why Flip?
    • Screen casting tools
    • Integrating screen casts into online assessments
    • Develop student-centered activities for your flipped lesson using the 4C’s as your guide
    • Collect data to check for understanding using digital tools
  • Online Session 4: Transform A Lesson
    Goals: Create or modify a lesson to provide students with opportunities to think critically
    through collaboration and creativity, and communicate their knowledge with others. We will use
    the various tools from the course to collaborate on integrated lesson development and share our
    newly integrated lesson & experiences in the course.

    • Share a current lesson with the class
    • Collaborate & support each other by providing suggestions
    • Modify your lesson to integrate at least one technology component
    • Collaborate to create a class video about your new lesson & course experience using free
      online tools.

Leading with Google

Instructor: Susan Kiley
Format: F2F
Description: In this session, we will explore Google Apps for productivity and modeling for everyday use by school
leaders. Google Calendar, Drive and Forms will be covered, along with various uses of Docs for meeting
planning and collaborative communication. Time will be afforded to develop your own digital workflow,
along with some ‘make and take’ ideas for modeling use of these tools in an educational setting.
Administrators are encouraged to bring support staff, key players in the use of these tools in helping to
keep everything on track.

Session outline:

  1. Gmail 101
    1. Access (Apps Launcher)
    2. Navigation Menu: Inbox, Starred, Sent, Drafts, Trash
    3. Set Profile Picture
    4. Configure Inbox
    5. General Settings
    6. Communication: Compose, Reply/Reply All
    7. Actions Menus
    8. Organization (Labels)
    9. Spam Filter
    10. Contacts Management
  2. Getting Started with Google Calendar
    1. Access and Views
    2. Calendar Settings
    3. Event Creation
    4. Event Settings
    5. Invitations
    6. Notifications
    7. Sharing & Permissions
  3. Drive Basics
    1. Drive Access & Navigation
    2. Views, Sort Options, Details, Settings
    3. Folder Creation
    4. Folder Sharing, Visibility Settings
    5. Activity Pane
  4. Introduction to Google Docs
    1. Document Creation and Format Options
    2. Link Sharing
    3. Collaboration Features (comment, chat, suggesting mode)
    4. Adding and working with hyperlinks
    5. Revision History
  5. Digital Workflows
    1. Gmail Integration
    2. Meeting Coordination
    3. Brainstorming

Personalized Learning Using Formative Assessments

Instructor: Susan Kiley
Format: F2F
Description: Participants will learn about the importance of formative assessments and their role in a blended
classroom. Various assessment tools will be demonstrated and used in this hands-on session to
help teachers collect the data necessary in creating a more personalized learning experience for
students. Highlights of various blended learning models will also be covered.
Purpose and Objectives: Blended learning provides students with multiple options to engage in their own learning. A
major goal is the personalization of the learning experiences for each student. In order to meet
this goal, teachers need ways to assess student learning to ensure they are on track. Participants
will learn how to use various tools to collect this data in order to meet each student’s needs. We
will also cover the four models of blended learning: Rotation, Flex, A La Carte and Enriched
Virtual Model and how formative assessments provide the foundation for these pedagogies.

Session Outline

  1. Defining Blended Learning
    Practice will be modeled through the use of online tools, combined with face to face communication
  2. Formative Assessment’s Role in the blended classroom. Participants will take on the role of students,
    engaging in various formative assessments on Blended Learning topics previously covered
  3. Plearn Studio
    Participants play to learn tools used in the session and provided in their digital tote bag to develop
    activities for their classroom.

ISTE Standards Addressed

  1. Supports and promotes student creativity through blended learning in both virtual and
    classroom spaces.
  2. Use of current technology to assess teaching and learning in the interest of the student as an
    individual.
  3. Digital Age work in learning is modeled by providing students with authentic learning
    experiences based upon their individual interests/choice.

iPad Apps for Content Creation Across the Curriculum

Instructor: Sean Sweeney
Format: F2F
Description: A wide variety of iPad apps are available to allow students to “show what they
know” in any curriculum or content area. The only limit is the questions we ask them! Students
and teachers can convey a story or an expository piece (explanation of any content topic) as a
basic or polished multimedia product with the use of free or low-cost iPad apps! Along with a
brief review of the pedagogy of using creation apps, this session will explore a wide variety of
mobile apps that can be used for content creation projects in the classroom. Demonstration of a
variety of tools will be followed by periods of guided practice so that participants can apply
skills.

Tools that will be covered include animation tools such as Toontastic and Puppet Pals, and comic
creators such as Strip Designer. Video and photo editing and production will be modeled and
practiced through photo editing tools, iMovie and other options. The workshop will also feature
tools for editing audio and/or combining it with imagery and video such as Voicethread and
Photobabble, book creation tools such as Book Creator, and “Explanimation” apps such as
Educreations and Explain Everything that can be used to record animated explanations of topics,
along with other innovative spins on creation tools. Participants should bring an iPad for guided
practice components.


iPad Apps to Promote Social Cognition and Executive Functioning

Instructor: Sean Sweeney
Format: F2F
Description: Apps for the iPad present a great variety of visual and interactive contexts to target
social development as well as utilize strategies for planning, organization and time management.
This workshop will model how apps can be used to visualize and scaffold social skills for
students with weaknesses in this area, including animation/video creation tools and apps that can
be used to create visual supports for social interaction. Tools for supporting planning,
organization and time management across the grade levels will also be demonstrated in depth,
including apps useful for upper grade levels such as Google Drive, note-taking, self-regulation
and time management tools. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in guided practice
with a variety of free and low-cost apps useful in the educational setting. Participants should
bring an iPad for guided practice components.


Let Me Show You What I Know: Putting Technology Into the Hands of Students

Instructor: Donna Gath Criswell
Format: Online
Description: This workshop will support you as you integrate 21st Century Digital Storytelling pedagogy into a curriculum unit of study. While digital storytelling is often thought of as a literacy activity, it should also be seen as a way to demonstrate understanding in any content area. As the Common Core focuses more on informational texts, digital storytelling allows students an accessible means to present their learning.


Integrating Educational Video into the Curriculum How to Use Video to Flip, Differentiate, Assess and Enhance Teaching and Learning in Your Classrooms

Instructor: Donna Gath Criswell
Format: Online
Description: In this workshop you will learn how to locate quality video resources, have a better understanding of the flipped classroom model, as well as how to use video to assess understanding. Participants will reshape an existing lesson, or build a new one, to include these tools to enhance your teaching and/or your students’ learning. Activities include readings and/or videos, with periods for discussion and reflection. Using Backwards Design theory and a Constructivist approach, you will design an assessment that supports the curriculum frameworks/standards.


Using Technology to Help Students Demonstrate Understanding: Did They Really Get It? Web Tools to Help with Formative (or Summative) Assessment

Instructor: Donna Gath Criswell
Format: Online
Description: In this workshop you will learn how to incorporate a few fun and engaging tools that will help you gather information on your students as they work towards their learning goals in your classroom. Web 2.0 tools like Kahoot, Socrative, Playposit and Plickers, among others, will be examined. Some of these tools allow you to enter students as well as collect and analyze the data. Some of these tools can be a quick and easy way to dipstick, activate prior knowledge or act as a ticket to leave. Other tools can be a more robust, more comprehensive testing tool/student response system. You will walk away with a toolbox of resources that are easy to use in your classroom to help you better understand what your students understand. You will walk away with a toolbox of resources that are easy to use in your classroom to help you better understand what your students understand.


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