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We Asked, You Answered: Results from the CIDDL Needs Assessment Part 1

CIDDL’s mission is to increase the capacity of higher education faculty to use state-of-the-art technologies coupled with sound instructional design in personnel preparation programs for special education, early intervention, and related services. But, what supports do stakeholders need? In order to determine the needs of the populations we serve, CIDDL conducted a Needs Assessment.
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There’s An AI for That: A Site Dedicated to Curating AIs

Artificial Intelligence (AI). It seems to be everything we are talking about, not only at CIDDL, but in education and the world as a whole. There is more to AI, though, than ChatGPT. As we’ve noted in other blogs, AI has been integrated into several technologies that we regularly use and have used for years. Supports like Grammarly and Alexa or Siri, integrate AI into their systems to predict what you might want. But, how does one find AI supports outside of Google’s Bard and other explicit language models?
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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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Social Media as PD for Pre- and In-Service Teachers

Last year, CIDDL hosted a webinar with Stefanie McKoy and Krystle Merry, both doctoral students at the University of Arkansas focusing on the concept of netnography, using social media to explore cultural experiences, such as the career of a teacher. During the webinar, (which you should check out, if you haven’t), McKoy and Merry discussed ways in which teacher preparation faculty can leverage instagram, a resource many pre-service teachers are already using for bite-sized PD, to teach critical skills of lesson planning.