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

By Yerin Seung | December 13, 2023
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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.

Re-designing and Aligning an Intro to Special Education Class to the UDL Framework through Technology Integration: Minimizing Threats and Distractions

By Samantha Goldman | November 16, 2023
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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.

CIDDL Talks How AI Will Change Special Education at TED

By Samantha Goldman | November 8, 2023
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This past week, the CIDDL team joined teacher educators throughout the country at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Teacher Education Division’s conference in Long Beach, California. The topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI), its impact on policy, teacher education, special education, university students and courses, and our everyday lives was a common theme throughout presentations, keynotes, and conversations.

K-12 Generative AI Readiness Checklist

By Samantha Goldman | October 31, 2023
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Leading educational policy and professional organizations are continuing to develop and publish guides to the use of Gen AI in K-12 settings and beyond.

Making a Salad to Explore Multiple Means of Representation

By Samantha Goldman | October 24, 2023
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We just started our unit on Universal Design for Learning in my Introduction to Special Education class. First, we talked about the idea of Universal Design in architecture.

Accessibility in Conferencing: Considerations for Higher Education

By Samantha Goldman | October 17, 2023
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As higher education faculty preparing pre-service teachers and related service providers, it is our responsibility to ensure access to resources for all.

Introducing the Tech Alliance

By Samantha Goldman | October 16, 2023
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The first cohort of the CIDDL Tech Alliance met this past week to design a Technology Integration Plan (TIP) for their programs through a collaborative and iterative process, facilitated by CIDDL staff.

Publishers Respond to Generative AI

By Samantha Goldman | October 11, 2023
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Just as classroom teachers are considering how ChatGPT will impact their ability to identify plagiarism, publishers are facing similar ethical concerns. The issue can be bubbled down to the fact that AI is not human.

Re-designing and Aligning an Intro to Special Education Class to the UDL Framework through Technology Integration: An Introduction

By Samantha Goldman | October 3, 2023
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Intro to Special Education courses within teacher preparation programs are required for a diverse group of future professionals including special education teachers, general education teachers, physical education teachers, speech pathologists, and social workers.

Enhancing Instruction and Empowering Educators with AI Tools and Technology

By | December 14, 2022
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The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education is rapidly gaining momentum and has the potential to revolutionize the way teachers and educational professionals guide student learning. While the critical presence of teachers is undoubtedly irreplaceable, AI is set to bring about significant changes to the roles and responsibilities of educators, as well as to educational best practices. From providing personalized learning experiences to automating administrative tasks and grading, AI has the potential to greatly assist educators in their efforts to educate the next generation.

We, as a national center, aim to develop, research, and use the design that promotes the positive impact of educational technology in special education, early intervention, and related services. Check out this post to read more about Design within the CIDDL framework.