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 digital 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.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 5, 2022
|July 7, 2022 to July 28, 2022
|MassCUE Member Cost
|Graduate Credit (Optional) (Pending Approval)
|At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended.
Rochelle Cooper has been a certified educator for the past 19 years. She is currently the K-12 Digital Learning Coach for Lynnfield Public Schools. Prior to this role, Rochelle worked as the Learning Services Assistant for MassCUE – coordinating professional development opportunities for educators and administrators. She has consulted with schools around the state to support their digital learning needs. She began her teaching career as a special education 1:1 aide and spent the next 10 years as a 5th grade classroom teacher at Lynnfield Middle School. Rochelle received her undergraduate degree in English from Holy Cross College and her Masters Degree in Teaching from Simmons College.
Online Session 1: Digital Tools for Executive Functioning
Learn how to use tools within the Google Workspace platform and beyond such as Google Keep and Calendar, to aid students with tasks that require planning, organization, memory and time management.
Online Session 2: Digital Tools for Differentiated Instruction
Learn how to use digital tools to create lesson plans that differentiate learning to encompass a variety of different learning styles and academic levels.
Online Session 3: Digital Tools for Multiple Intelligences
Explore the multiple intelligences and learn how to use digital tools that incorporate video, audio and multiple modalities to reach all learners.
Online Session 4: Digital Tools for Students with Learning Disabilities
Use digital tools to create an effective learning environment for students with learning disabilities. Explore a variety of Google Add-ons that can be used in conjunction with Docs, Sheets and forms to help students excel in their learning environment.
Optional Project for 1 Graduate Credit:
Participants looking to earn 1 Graduate Credit will be required to complete a project. Instructions will be provided at the start of the workshop.
1. Digital Tools and Collaboration (DTC)
Digital tools are applications that produce, manipulate, or store data in a digital format (e.g., word processors, drawing programs, image/video/music editors, simulators, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) applications, publishing programs). Digital tools are critical for conducting research, communicating, collaborating and creating in social, work, and personal environments. The use of digital tools is integral to success in school and career.
a. Digital Tools: Digital tools are used to create, manipulate, analyze, edit, publish, or develop artifacts. Individuals and groups identify, evaluate, select, and adapt new tools as they emerge.
b. Collaboration and Communication: A variety of digital tools are used to work collaboratively anytime and anywhere, inside and outside the classroom, both synchronously and asynchronously, to develop artifacts or solve problems, contribute to the learning of others, and communicate.
c. Research: A variety of digital tools are used to conduct research, answer questions, and develop artifacts to facilitate learning and convey understanding. Access to the Internet and digital tools allows people to gather, evaluate (for validity, bias, relevance, accuracy, etc.), organize, analyze, and synthesize information, data and other media from a variety of sources. Effective use of information, data, and media requires consideration of validity, ethics, and attribution of sources.
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Digital Tools for Students with Disabilities & Unique Learning Styles
July 7, 2022 to July 28, 2022