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ChatGPT, AIs, and the IEP?

A question that has been on a lot of our minds is “How does AI fit into the IEPs?” The conversations around accommodation, modification, cheating, or universal support are plentiful and, just like all things related to special education and IEPs, there is no “one size fits all” answer. To tackle this question, we are going to break down how one might use AI and offer various ways to classify it.
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CIDDList: An Updated Packing List for the Tech Lover on Vacay

Summer is here. It’s a time students (both K-12 and college), teachers, and teacher-educators relax, rewind, and re-energize. And, mixed in with that re-ing is excitement for the future. Whether you dream of the back-to-school sales with aisles filled with the prettiest pens and folders or the first day of classes when everything is shiny and new, at least part of summer is spent in anticipation for the coming year. In this CIDDList, we will share some must-have items to take with you on vacation to allow you to do the re-ing and the prepping!
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Embracing Multiple Means of Representation within Your Intro to Special Ed Course

Preparing for fall semester means rethinking and revamping course designs. One easy way is to look at the assigned readings for your course. Yes, the textbook that has been attached to the intro to special ed course for decades is one way to provide students with context for course discussions, activities, and assignments. But, we live in an age of endless podcasts, audiobooks, videos, blogs, first-hand accounts, and more. Some students are engaged with reading a textbook, and it works for them. But, just as we teach in these intro to special ed courses, all learners do not learn the same way. Thus, it is important to model these methods in our own courses. In this blog, we will share ideas, tips, and recommendations to embrace multiple means of representation within your course readings.
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Apple Enters the AR/VR/MR/XR Scene

Hot off the presses is Apple’s announcement of their new AR/VR/XR headset, “Apple Vision Pro Glasses”. Like anything Apple, it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but technologically advanced. This is Apple’s first spatial operating system which is said to be intuitive and magical. From the released images, it is apparent that Temple Grandin was right when she said that Apple designs with beauty and simplicity in mind in her newest book, Visual Thinking. But don’t get in line quite yet. The device will not be available to purchase until early next year.
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Foundations for AI and the Future of Teaching and Learning from the US Department of Educational Technology

The US Department of Educational Technology released its much-awaited report on how AI will impact teaching and learning. The report recognizes that many educators are already using AI-powered tools in their classrooms (like Grammarly and Canva) and that educators and students have been experimenting with AI-powered chatbots (like ChatGPT). The report sets out to provide a starting point to explore how AI can be leveraged to support teachers and students. The authors also recognize that AI is a complex topic and that they cannot answer all questions or resolve all issues within the report.

Transforming Education 

This brief focuses on personalized learning and how teachers and teacher educators need to leverage the unique strengths of students and pre-service educators in order to create a creative, curious, and collaborative future. Dr. Zhao encourages teacher preparation programs to embrace personalized learning as a way to leverage entrepreneurship. As technology is rapidly changing, especially with the rise of AI, focusing on what makes humans unique is one way to structure education in a meaningful way.