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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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.