Welcome to CIDDL

We are the Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL), a national center to improve faculty capacity to use educational technology in special education, early intervention, related services preparation and leadership personnel preparation programs.

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CIDDL Community

We started a community of higher education faculty members focused on sharing tips and tricks, research-based practices, and strategies for innovative use of educational technology in educator or leadership preparation programs.

This is a place where we build connectedness, share varied opinions, and bring together our knowledge about leveraging technology to support all students.

Network + Connect + Support

"CIDDL will change the culture of tech attitudes, adoption, and use to realize pedagogical promise in terms of practice, outcomes, and innovation." -Dr. James Basham

"We aim to bring together leaders in technology and special education in an expanding human and digital network that allows users to connect, share, learn, develop, ignite, and sustain innovative practices that support all students." -Dr. Jose Blackorby

CIDDL Cizzles: Upcoming Episode September 22nd at 4pm ET!

Chef Dave Merves: Pancakes and Technology Evaluation

Join Dave Merves as he discusses everyone's favorite food, pancakes, and talks a little about technology evaluation

CIDDL Cizzles: Recipes + Tech Tools for Faculty

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Chef Dave Merves: Pancakes and Program Evaluation

September 28, 2022
In our newest CIDDL Cizzles, Dave Merves discusses what pancakes and program evaluation have in common. Dr. Dave Merves has been in education for the past 16 years as a program evaluator for educational technology grants. His first career was as an internationally classically trained chef specializing in pastries.
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Feature Matching and Sheet Pan Chicken with Chef Michelle Patterson

August 31, 2022
In our newest CIDDL Cizzles, Michelle Patterson discusses assistive technology and the importance of feature matching to ensure student success. Michelle has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Exceptional Student Education and previously served as a Technology Resource Specialist as part of a Florida statewide discretionary project to meet the needs of K12 students with disabilities through the implementation of UDL, Assistive Technology, and Accessible Educational Materials.
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A Mosaic of Fajitas: CIDDL Cizzles with Chefs Nicole and Izzy Galante

August 11, 2022
Dr. Nicole Galante and her brother, Izzy Galante, have 50 years of combined educational experience and have created Mosaic for instructional design.

Faculty and EdTech Learning Opportunities

State and district special education leaders share thoughts on the current technology knowledge and skills needed for special educators entering the field. Panelists will cover a wide range of topics including how to leverage technology to support learners accessing the curriculum, accessibility and AT in the classroom, progress monitoring and data collection, and managing caseloads. By the end of the webinar, participants will identify current needs of state and district education agencies to inform refinement of teacher preparation programs that include relevant technology competencies for special educators and direct service providers. Watch the video recording and read the follow up blog post.

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Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about CIDDL or have questions about our work, please feel free to reach out. We would love to connect with you!