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CIDDList: Replacements for Your Retiring Favorites

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.
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National Education Technology Plan

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.
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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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Jump on the 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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CIDDList: Podcasts for Your Summer Listen List

The 2023-2024 academic year is ending. For some, this means hours in the car on road trips. For others, it means relaxing by the pool. And, others might be teaching summer courses. Regardless of how you are spending your summer months, this CIDDLlist is dedicated to providing you with podcasts you can listen to as you (1) catch up on professional learning, (2) forward planning for your future courses (check out this blog on how you can use podcasts as course “readings”), and (3) learn more about fringe interests.
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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.

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.
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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.