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.

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 and Picto4Me to help ELL students develop their vocabulary skills.  

Project Description: 

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. 

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