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

In a much-awaited gathering, Apple announced how it is upgrading its devices to integrate further artificial intelligence, or Apple Intelligence (AI), as they call it. Apple devices have used natural language processors, a type of AI, for years to create SIRI and their word prediction software. Unlock your phone with your face? That also uses AI. At this most recent event, though, they announced how they use generative AI to enhance their platforms. Apple is branding this upgrade as AI for the rest of us, making using the novel, albeit sometimes complex, AI features more user-friendly.
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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Cognitive Load

In the digital age, the integration of technology into education is inevitable and potentially transformative. Artificial intelligence (AI), in particular, stands out as a powerful tool with significant implications in education. There are several cognitive variables that AI may influence in learning processes. One of the critical factors is cognitive load—the total amount of mental effort being used in the working memory. Understanding how AI influences cognitive load can help educators optimize educational practices to better meet the diverse needs of students.
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Using AI-Powered Chatbot for Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is one of the most important skills for academic success in this contemporary information-driven society. However, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, many students struggle with understanding texts with increased complexity. Supporting struggling readers has long been a challenge in educational settings. These students often require personalized attention that can be difficult to provide in classrooms with many students. However, advances in artificial intelligence (AI), particularly chatbots, offer promising new ways to meet these needs. This blog post explores how AI-powered chatbots can be integrated into learning environments to improve reading comprehension for struggling readers.
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Jump on the MagicSchool.ai Bus!

Perhaps one of the most influential AIs to hit special education is MagicSchoolAI. As an AI designed especially to support teachers, it can help with lesson planning, differentiating, writing assessments, writing IEPs, communicating with parents, and so much more. MagicSchool is quickly gaining popularity among educators, with over 2 million teachers and 3,000 schools and districts currently using it.
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Understanding the AI in Your Classroom

Classrooms, schools, and districts have been using AI support for years. A recent EdWeek article pointed out something very relevant: many teachers using AI may not be aware that they are using it. Thus, this blog aims to define AI and explore the various categories within the general umbrella term. Additionally, we will share common classroom tools that fit into each category.

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

In the ever-evolving world of education, where teachers always look for innovative tools to enhance their teaching, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a powerful ally. Tools like ChatGPT and Gemini have become invaluable for educators, offering a way to tailor lesson plans that meet the wide-ranging needs of students, including those with disabilities. With their advanced language processing skills, these AI tools allow teachers to quickly develop personalized, detailed content, cutting down on the time needed for lesson planning. This isn’t just about making teachers’ lives easier; it’s about bringing innovation and creativity into the classroom, making learning more engaging and comprehensive across different subjects and grade levels.

CIDDList: Exploring GPTs Available with ChatGPT Plus

The premium version of ChatGPT offers users additional features that further support special education teachers and students. OpenAI offers GPTs within the system trained on specific content knowledge that can be used within a closed-loop organization or shared openly. These GPTs can be found through the ChatGPT interface on the left-hand side, where it says “Explore GPTs” or There’s an AI for That. Users should continue to be cautious when uploading data and avoid using identifiable and unredacted information.

Using ChatGPT for Writing Lesson Plans

Teachers continually seek innovative tools to enhance their lesson planning in the ever-evolving education landscape. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can provide innovative solutions to support teachers in brainstorming creative and fun ideas for their lesson plans for students with and without disabilities. One of the most accessible tools is ChatGPT, based on generative AI with advanced language processing capabilities. This blog post delves into how teachers can leverage ChatGPT to brainstorm lesson plans effectively.
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2024: A Space Odyssey? How AI and Technology of the Present Compares to HAL9000 and the Predictions of 2001: A Space Odyssey

If you have never seen the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, or only seen it once or twice, you may consider adding it to your watch list for the upcoming cold weather. I will say, it takes multiple viewings to fully understand and comprehend both the cinematic beauty and overall storyline. As someone who was born way after it came out, has seen it in theaters more than four times, and has an affinity for all things technology, this movie is eye opening and remarkable. Before we get too much farther, it is important to note that 2001: A Space Odyssey is also a book. I haven’t read it, so I can’t make connections to the present. Thus, this blog will focus solely on the movie.