CIDDL Hot Takes

Are you interested in collaborating, discussing, and learning about how AI is and will continue to impact special education? Do you have research or an experience with AI to share? Do you have questions about integrating AI you want answered? Are you looking to grow your knowledge and learn from your peers on AI and special education?

Then, this event is for YOU! Join CIDDL PIs, CIDDL staff, and the CIDDL community as we talk about AI!

This event is open to all interested in engaging in conversation about AI. Bring your questions, conversation starters, experiences, and favorites to share!
July 17 2pm CT 3pm ET

Learn more: Community.CIDDL.org 

Artificial Intelligence Blog Series

Can AI Help With Special Education?

By Yerin Seung | July 15, 2024

Apple Intelligence: How Apple’s AI for the Rest of Us Will Impact Special Education Personnel Preparation

By Samantha Goldman | June 17, 2024

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Cognitive Load

By Yerin Seung | June 10, 2024

Using AI-Powered Chatbot for Reading Comprehension

By Yerin Seung | June 3, 2024

Jump on the MagicSchool.ai Bus!

By Samantha Goldman | May 28, 2024

Understanding the AI in Your Classroom

By Samantha Goldman | May 6, 2024

Prompt Engineering for Teachers Using Generative AI: Brainstorming Activities and Resources

By Yerin Seung | April 29, 2024

CIDDList: Exploring GPTs Available with ChatGPT Plus

By Samantha Goldman | April 22, 2024

Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium

By Yerin Seung | February 29, 2024

Answers to Your AI Questions: A Conversation with Yacine Tazi

By info@ciddl.org | February 28, 2024

Are We There Yet? AI for Statistical Analysis

By info@ciddl.org | February 14, 2024

Image Generating AI and Implications for Teacher Preparation

By Samantha Goldman | January 24, 2024

Revolutionizing Mathematics Education in K-12 with AI: The Role of ChatGPT

By Kenneth Holman | January 15, 2024

Artificial Intelligence in Education 2023: A Year in Review

By Angelica Fulchini | January 3, 2024

Resources for Learning About AI Going Into 2024

By James Basham | December 14, 2023

CIDDL Talks How AI Will Change Special Education at TED

By Samantha Goldman | November 8, 2023

K-12 Generative AI Readiness Checklist

By Samantha Goldman | October 31, 2023

Publishers Respond to Generative AI

By Samantha Goldman | October 11, 2023

AI-integrated Apps for Those with Visual Impairments: Camera-Based Identifiers and Readers

By Yerin Seung | September 27, 2023

UNESCO Discusses Artificial Intelligence

By Samantha Goldman | September 19, 2023

Cracking the Code: Students with Disabilities in the Computer Sciences 

By Nick Hoekstra | August 29, 2023

CIDDList: Back-to-School Checklist for Technology in Teacher Preparation Courses

By Samantha Goldman | August 21, 2023

Empowering Special Education Faculty: Navigating the AI Landscape in Higher Education for 2023-2024.

By James Basham | August 11, 2023

Embracing the Future: How Teachers Can Harness AI at the Beginning of the School Year

By Angelica Fulchini | July 19, 2023

UDL, Design Learning, and Personalized Learning

By Samantha Goldman | July 10, 2023

Inclusive Intelligence: The Impact of AI on Education for All Learners

Released this spring!

The Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL) team, with the help of our colleagues across the nation, explores the multifaceted applications of AI in education and special education, underscoring its transformative capabilities while addressing the unique challenges of students with disabilities and other diverse learning needs. We hope this document will initiate conversations around AI in education.

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Latest Posts from CIDDL

Can AI Help With Special Education?

By Yerin Seung | July 15, 2024
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Teachers have been experiencing increased efficiency in handling paperwork thanks to artificial intelligence (AI). However, using AI for instruction for students with disabilities and learning differences is still challenging and requires a cautious approach. A recent article from Education Week, “Can AI Help With Special Ed? There’s Promise and Reason to Be Cautious,” explores the potential and challenges of AI in special education. This article is based on insights from a June 25 panel discussion at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, featuring our CIDDL PI’s Trey Vasquez Ph.D., a professor at the University of Central Florida, and James Basham Ph.D., a professor at the University of Kansas.

CIDDList: Replacements for Your Retiring Favorites

By Samantha Goldman | July 10, 2024
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If you haven’t heard, Google is retiring Jamboard and Microsoft is limiting availability of Flip to those with Teams accounts. While this news may require some revisions to courses and classrooms, it provides an opportunity for teacher-educators and special education personnel to leverage newer innovations in their curriculum. Thus, in this CIDDList, we will highlight tools you can use in place of these well-loved sites.

National Education Technology Plan

By Samantha Goldman | July 8, 2024
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In January, the Office of Educational Technology released the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan entitled “A Call to Action for Closing the Digital Access, Design, and Use Divides”. The focus of the plan is on closing digital divides. It defines the digital use divide as an inequitable implementation of technology use, bringing more awareness to an issue highlighted in a previous CIDDL blog. Some students use technology for purely passive task completion, whereas others use it to create, produce, build, and analyze. The digital design divide refers to the inequality in professional learning opportunities, wherein practitioners can learn to design learning experiences through educational technology. The final area, the digital access divide, refers to inequitable access to devices, connectivity, and content. This includes digital health, safety, citizenship skills, and accessibility.

CIDDL Cizzles: Watch Our Latest Episodes

Chef Ruth Ziolkowski: Choices of Quiches and Literacy Toolbars

May 23, 2023
In our most recent CIZZLE, Ruth Ziolkowski from TextHelp and Don Johnston shared about the Literacy Toolbars designed to support learners with reading and writing support needs. Though supports, like read aloud, are becoming more common on publisher’s platforms, the benefit to toolbars, Ruth shares, is that they are always there, regardless of the platform. She compared this to always knowing where your measuring cups are in your kitchen.

Chef Tiffanie Zaugg: Banana Cream Pie and AI

May 5, 2023
Tara Mason is an assistant professor of inclusive education at Western Colorado University. She uses a strengths-based student learning framework to investigate Universal Design for Learning (UDL), technology, and accessibility. She kicked off CIDDL Cizzles Season 3 with her family gumbo recipe! She discussed proactive teaching, UDL, and progress monitoring in this week’s Cizzle.

Chef Tara Mason: Gumbo and UDL & AT as an Approach to Assessing Learning Needs

April 5, 2023
Tara Mason is an assistant professor of inclusive education at Western Colorado University. She uses a strengths-based student learning framework to investigate Universal Design for Learning (UDL), technology, and accessibility. She kicked off CIDDL Cizzles Season 3 with her family gumbo recipe! She discussed proactive teaching, UDL, and progress monitoring in this week’s Cizzle.

Chef Dr. Allison Leggett: Cizzling Corn Cakes and Distributive Ledgers

February 1, 2023
Dr. Allison Leggett, who oversees the teacher preparation program at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension, and her sous chef, Edrick Leggett joined CIDDL’s Christine Parsons in the CIDDL Cizzle’s kitchen to discuss distributive ledgers and make her grandmother’s Southern Corn Cakes.

Chef Bryan Dean: Mother Sauces and Technology Evaluation

December 2, 2022
Season 2 CIDDL Cizzles gets saucy as Bryan Dean connects universal ‘Mother Sauces” to technology evaluation. Starting with a simple 1:1 roux of starch (all-purpose flour) and a fat (butter), Bryan creates four mother sauces to be used as the base for a wide variety of meals.
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Join the 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.

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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!

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Faculty and EdTech Learning Opportunities

Check out these great opportunities from CIDDL and its growing partner list to network with others and learn all things EdTech.

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We Want to Hear From You!

CIDDL is seeking input from PreK12 and higher education professionals on how to advance effective uses of technology in higher education preparation programs across the nation. Please share your insights and inform the CIDDL work by taking a quick 10-minute needs assessment survey. Click here to take the survey

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