Using Technology to Support Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) in the Classroom

Male students in classroom at computers

Course Description

This course will focus on how technology tools and applications support SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) students in the classroom. We will use a wide range of tools, applications and concepts focusing on Google Workspace for Education, Google Classroom and other web-based tools. Each session will involve multiple modalities of learning, readings, videos, recordings and podcasts. Students will explore tools to differentiate instruction to accommodate for ELL and ESL learners in their content area. 

This course 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). Fitchburg State University’s Center for Professional Studies is a DESE-approved PDP provider. 

Audience:  Any teacher seeking PDPs for recertification and content knowledge related to SEI, Special Education, and Technology. 
Mode: Synchronous/100% online in Google Meet 

Dates: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, and 24, 2024
Synch Session Dates and Times:

  • Jan. 10, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 17, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 24, 4 - 6 p.m.

Course Syllabus

15 PDPs
Cost:  $247 
Course Number: PRDV 6187P  CRN: 37061

1 Graduate Credit
Cost:  $347 
Course Number: PRDV 6187  CRN: 37060


*IMPORTANT*: The CRN and Course Number will be needed when you register so please make sure to write down this information. Follow the directions listed on the registration site.

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Registration deadline: January 3, 2024

Please Note

  • Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to pay for your course. The registration may take 24-48 hours to process.
  • You are required to pay within 48 hours of receiving your course payment email. Not paying for a course does not constitute a withdrawal from the course. You may withdraw prior to the start of a course. Once a course starts, you are not eligible for a refund.

Additional Information

A week prior to first class, students will receive an email from the instructors, detailing how to access and join the Fitchburg State Google classroom, as well as the pre-assignments below. These assignments must be completed before the first-class meeting.

The pre-work (2 hours of time) will entail the following:

  • Complete a survey
  • Logistical introductory tasks
  • Readings, which may include blog posts and/or podcasts
  • Activating accounts to tools/websites referenced in class

Mary Marotta and Craig Sheil

Mary Marrotta and Craig Scheil

Mary Marrotta is an Educational Technology Consultant and Instructional Technologist. Mary is also a Google Certified Trainer, as well as an adjunct instructor for Fitchburg State University. She has been working for the Nashoba Regional School District for 24 years. Mary has degrees from Fitchburg State in Science, Elementary and Special Education, as well as an M.Ed. from Lesley University in Technology Education and a Certificate in Distance Learning from Northeastern. 

Craig Sheil is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, is a Digital Learning Specialist at a public high school in New Hampshire. He has been in the education field for a total of 18 years, with the first 8 years teaching high school mathematics. He has helped integrate Google Workspace for Education and a 1-to-1 Chromebook program at his high school. Craig can be found presenting at conferences, giving professional development to school districts and co-teaching Google Workspace for Education graduate courses. Craig loves teaching and more importantly, loves learning. He has a bachelor’s degree from Keene State in Mathematics and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Fitchburg State University. 

Questions? Get in touch.