2018-2019 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

Teaching Digital Citizenship – Shaping Responsible Members of a Digital World

Instructor: Rochelle Cooper
Format: Online
Description: As students navigate their way through the digital world, it is our responsibility to provide them with the tools that will shape them into responsible digital citizens. Our roles as educators allow us the prime opportunity to help students learn and grow as they take advantage of the technology that is available to them.  This online workshop will teach key concepts surrounding the topic of digital citizenship and supply you with a variety of creative and fun ways to weave positive digital practices and lessons into your teaching. We will use elements of technology and social media throughout the workshop to integrate key digital citizenship concepts into students’ daily lives.  

Weekly Outline

Topics for the four sessions include: 

Online Session 1: Teaching Digital Safety – Navigating Safely through Cyberspace 

Online Session 2: Teaching Empathy and Awareness – Cyberbullying 

Online Session 3: Teaching Digital Responsibility and Ethics – Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Online Session 4: Teaching Digital Self-Awareness – Creating Your Digital Footprint 

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

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


Kick It Up A Notch! Exploring SAMR in the Classroom

Instructor: Susan Kiley
Format: Online
Description: Participants will explore the SAMR model 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.

  • 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
    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.

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
  3. Digital Age work in learning is modeled by providing students with authentic learning
    experiences based upon their individual interests/choice.


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. Many resources discussed in this course integrate with Google Apps for Education and/or Chrome. 

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. Many resources discussed in this course integrate with Google Apps for Education and/or Chrome. 

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Motivate and Manage Students

Instructor: Donna Gath Criswell
Format: Online
Description: Learn how to use a variety of simple, yet powerful, web 2.0 tools that will help you manage student behavior as well as motivate students, focus their attention on learning, and do it in fun and engaging ways! Many resources discussed in this course integrate with Google Apps for Education and/or Chrome.  

Google Educator Level 1

Instructor: Jaclyn Karabinas
Format: Hybrid
Description: This workshop will help educators build their vision for what integration of technology can look like in their classrooms. Participants will explore GSuite tools that support curriculum, learning objectives, efficiency, creativity and student learning. Participants will experience modeling, guided practice, and independent practice with a variety of tools and learning scenarios to build your comfort level as you get started with GSuite for Education. Participants will walk away with more confidence and possibilities for getting started, as well as resources to continue your practice and collaborate with others to build ideas. Participants will also gain a solid skill base with tools and resources for practice in the case that they wish to take the Google Certified Educator, Level 1 exam in the future.

App Smashing in the Classroom

Instructor: Maya Berry
Format: F2F
Description: App smashing is best defined as taking two or more apps and combining them together to create something new that would not otherwise have been possible. It is fun, engaging, and results in expanded creative possibilities for students and teachers while tapping into higher order skills. In this class, participants will engage in a hands-on exploration of apps including Padlet, Explain Everything, Seesaw, Thinglink, Aurasma, BookCreator, and Tellagami and consider ways in which to smash these apps together for greater impact. Participants will also collaborate with each other to generate a master list of app smashing “recipes” and project ideas that they can take with them to implement into their classrooms

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