Top Tech Tools for SEI

This 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.


Course Details

Audience All Educators
Level All Levels
Instructor Rochelle Cooper
Dates August 3, 2022 – August 24, 2022 (online)
Earn 15 PDPs
Location Online
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 25 Participants
Prerequisites none
Graduate Credit (Optional) 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

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. 


Weekly Outline

Session 1:  Read and Write for SEI  

Learn how to apply the amazing language supports provided by Read and Write – an extension of Google Chrome – that will assist students with reading, writing, studying and research.  Some of these supports include:

• Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with dual color highlighting

• Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained

• With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying

• Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research

• Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs


Session 2:  Google Tools for SEI  

Support ELLs without leaving a single Google Doc! Explore multifaceted Google tools such as Google Translate, Google Dictionary, and the Explore Tool as a platform for communication and collaboration – all while making Google Docs and Slides more user-friendly to your students.


Session 3: Presentation Tools for SEI

Research presentation tools such as Storybird, Padlet and Google Slides that will allow your ELL students unique and engaging opportunities to share their learning with you and their classmates.


Session 4:  Vocabulary Tech Tools for SEI  

Research and explore online vocabulary tools such as FlashCards, Boomcards and Picto4Me to help ELL students develop their vocabulary skills. 


Optional Project for 1 Graduate Credit:

Participants will create a tutorial screencast at the culmination of the course which showcases a digital tool that could be used by educators in the area of SEI.

DESE Standards

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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Top Tech Tools for SEI

August 3, 2022 – August 24, 2022 (Online)


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