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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.

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.

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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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.

Answers to Your AI Questions: A Conversation with Yacine Tazi

CIDDL has been actively engaged in the conversation around AI and its impact on life, but especially education and personnel preparation. Beyond the conversations of our national center, AI has been the focus of local and national news. The more engrossed our population becomes with AI, the more niche and specialized terminology enter the mainstream vernacular. In this blog post, CIDDL invited Yacine Tazi, a doctoral candidate at the University of Central Florida, to share his insights on questions about AI.
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Are We There Yet? AI for Statistical Analysis

As we start 2024, one of the newest (if not the newest) push in technology is the introduction and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Where and how AI will be used is one of the ongoing questions in both K12 and higher education. More specifically, one question that the CIDDL team is exploring is how AI can and should be used in data analysis.
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Unlocking Potential: A Collaborative Roadmap to Technology Integration in Special Education Part 2

In the webinar on January 31st, Unlocking Potential: A Collaborative Roadmap to Technology Integration in Special Education Part 2, panelists from five institutions of CIDDL Tech Alliance gathered to discuss the progress of their TIP.

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.

Revolutionizing Mathematics Education in K-12 with AI: The Role of ChatGPT

As we advance further into the 21st century, the educational landscape is being reshaped by groundbreaking technologies. Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly tools like ChatGPT, plays a pivotal role in this transformation, offering new possibilities in teaching and learning. In K-12 mathematics education, these AI tools are not just futuristic concepts but practical aids for educators and students.