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Technology-Based Graphic Organizers to Support Writing

This brief focuses on the use of technology-based graphic organizers (TBGOs) with struggling writers. Writing is a complex task with which students with and without disabilities struggle (Graham et al., 2017). One practice to help struggling writers is teaching them to use graphic organizers. Graphic organizers support students through visual and spatial displays and can improve comprehension and quality of writing when used during pre-writing activities (Hughes et al., 2019).
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CIDDList: Assistive Technology Tools and Resources for Young Children

The purpose of this CIDDList is to provide early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) faculty with resources about AT to provide to their pre-service EI/ECSE educators, including pre-service related service providers such as speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, developmental therapists, and interventionists.

Innovative Technologies Highlighted in the Super Bowl and the Implications for Teacher Education

Given that CIDDL “resides” at the University of Kansas, we must highlight the Super Bowl and the KC Chiefs. While the game was exciting and, at times, stressful, the commercials, as always, highlighted some innovative and emerging technologies of particular interest to CIDDL.
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Following Up on Apple Vision Pro: Available Now

This past June, Apple announced its new AR/VR/XR headset. In a previous CIDDL blog, we explored the differences between AR/VR/XR and discussed the implications of the new device on special education. But, in June, Apple had yet to release a date, and limited details were available. Preorders began January 19, 2024, at 5 am PST and the devices became officially available on February 2.

CIDDL’s Tech Toolbox is Coming! Learn More!

Do you have a knack for technology? Can you explain complex tech-related concepts in simple, concise, and understandable terms? If so, then we need your help! The Center for Innovation in Digital Learning and Design (CIDDL) is on a mission to create a comprehensive toolbox of tech videos and briefs. This toolbox aims to support faculty in effectively integrating and using new, existing, and emerging technologies in their courses.
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Image Generating AI and Implications for Teacher Preparation

The conversation around AI and further technology innovations is a hot topic. The use of generative AI to turn words into images has gained more traction recently. This blog explores the effectiveness, accuracy, and feasibility of using AI to turn text into images.
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Assistive Technology to Support Young Children

Conversations about the use of technology with young children often focus on the “appropriateness” of young children’s access to screens rather than the broader supports technology can provide to enhance young children’s autonomous access, engagement, and participation in their environments. The question remains: how can we leverage existing, emerging, and innovative technologies, especially assistive technologies, to support our youngest learners with disabilities and support needs?
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Lesson Planning in an Introduction to Special Education Classroom

Since the start of the semester, I have shared with my students that AI is a tool that will benefit both them and their students. AI cannot do the work for them, but it should not be ignored as a support. With that said, it is my job to model for them how to use tools, like AI, responsibly and in a manner that will support them in their future classroom jobs.