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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.

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.

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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CIDDL is Going to San Antonio!

CIDDL is preparing to head to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)’s Annual Convention in San Antonio from March 13th to 16th. This convention provides special education personnel (e.g., teachers, administrators, and related service providers) professional development through interactive sessions grounded in application to students with disabilities. It is a fantastic event that brings together special education professionals to “learn, share, grow, and connect,” and we are looking forward to connecting with you in person!
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Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium

On February 27th, 2024, CIDDL hosted a webinar to highlight the innovative work of doctoral students related to emerging trends in special education technology. The invited panelists were Kenneth Holman from the University of Central Florida, Krystle Merry from the University of Arkansas, A.J. Naatz from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Danielle A. Waterfield from the University of Virginia, and Thai Williams from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Each panelist shared their current work related to special education and the impact on teacher and personnel preparation, followed by a Q&A session.

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

In the webinar on December 7th, Unlocking Potential: A Collaborative Roadmap to Technology Integration in Special Education, panelists from five institutions of CIDDL Tech Alliance gathered to discuss the progress of their TIP. The panelists consist of faculties at California State University, Chico, Indiana State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and University of Maine, Orono. Each school discussed the overview of their institution and special education program, goals and rationale, and the action plan.
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AI-integrated Apps for Those with Visual Impairments: Camera-Based Identifiers and Readers

Picture a classroom where every student, including those with visual impairments, can access learning materials and environments. Using the Universal Design for Learning framework, combined with artificial intelligence (AI), teachers are able to make this dream a reality in their classrooms.