This course will focus on how technology tools and applications support students with disabilities in the classroom. 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 students with disabilities to meet the needs of all learners.
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 teaching students with disabilities (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 31; February 7 and 14, 2024
Synch Session Dates and Times:
- Jan. 31, 4 - 6 p.m.
- Feb. 7, 4 - 6 p.m.
- Feb. 14, 4 - 6 p.m.
Course Number: PRDV 6188P CRN: 37063
1 Graduate Credit
Course Number: PRDV 6188 CRN: 37062
*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.
Registration deadline: January 24, 2024
- 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.
A week prior to first class, students will receive an email from the instructors indicating class pre-work (2 hours of work), as well as the information to join the Fitchburg State google classroom.
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 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.