CIDDL Webinar Highlighting the Innovative Work of Doctoral Students

CIDDL is excited to announce our first webinar highlighting the innovative work of doctoral students across the country. In this webinar, entitled “Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium”, five researchers will share about their current work and future plans as they relate to special education and the impact on teacher and personnel preparation.

The webinar will take place February 27, 2024 at 11:30 am PST, 1:30 pm CST, and 2:30 pm EST. Be sure to mark your calendar and RSVP to attend this free webinar highlighting the future of special education research.

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AT Goes to the Big and Little Screen: Tech for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

In 2021, CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) won several Oscars, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Troy Kotsur was the first deaf actor to win an Oscar.
American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English are not the same. Sign language is the first language for many young children who are deaf/ hard of hearing. But, not all people who are deaf/ hard of hearing use sign language. So, when considering inclusion in the movie-going experience (or within the classroom), it is important to ensure that you are accounting for all needs.
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Redefining Snow Days: What It Means Post-School Closures

With winter storm warnings and threats of high winds and thunder across the nation, students,
both young and young at heart, are awaiting the “schools are closed” message. And, while some may get a traditional snow day tomorrow, several are finding out that in a post-school closure world, it may be a thing of the past. And yet, while faculty are more equipped now to move their curriculum online with little notice, the question remains: is this truly what online learning is?

Upcoming Webinar: Unlocking Potential- A Collaborative Roadmap to Technology Integration in Special Education

On December 7th, CIDDL will host a panel of faculty members from five of the IHEs that are part of CIDDL’s Tech Alliance to share their plans to enhance technology integration in their special education preparation programs.
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Re-designing and Aligning an Intro to Special Education Class to the UDL Framework through Technology Integration: Minimizing Threats and Distractions

Minimizing threats and distractions falls within the UDL guidelines for engagement. Afterall, how can teacher educators expect their pre-service teachers to engage in lessons if they do not feel safe within the classroom? This checkpoint focuses on meeting the basic needs of learners.
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UDL, Design Learning, and Personalized Learning

Dr. Basham shares the exciting innovations on the horizon of education, including personalized learning, design thinking, UDL, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He shares how to bring these concepts into personnel preparation programs and how teaching future educators and related service personnel to think in this way will lead to supporting all students, with or without disabilities.
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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.