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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.

The Jagged Profile Visualizing Learner Variability. LearningKey: Unlocking Learner Potential

Using the Interactive Jagged Profile Tool to Understand Learner Variability

By Michelle Patterson | September 13, 2022
Teacher educators can guide preservice teachers through the connection between learner variability and instructional design decisions. “Look at how different your profiles appear from one another- what could I do as your professor with this in mind?”
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Using CIDDL’s Resources in Your Personnel Preparation Courses

By Samantha Goldman | September 1, 2022
Within CIDDL, there are many resources that may help you provide background knowledge to your students in courses studying Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Assistive Technology (AT), Educational Technology, and overall integration of technology into classrooms.
Two students work together on a desktop computer and tablet.

Learning About Educational Technology Through Student Voice in Personnel Preparation

By James Basham | August 30, 2022
Bringing student voice into the professional preparation classroom starts with simply offering the opportunity to share. Provides a means to gather thoughts from your students about what they have experienced in their lives growing up with technology, their lives as learners, and even their early lives as pre-service professionals.
A rendering of a classroom with students participating in various activities. A teacher presents at a whiteboard while three students look on from a nearby table. The table has another student joining via video conferencing from a tablet. Two other students use a TV to watch a video and take notes on a laptop. The classroom is filled with alternative seating and various activities.

Sustainable Mixed Presence Instruction is Possible

By info@ciddl.org | August 25, 2022
Whether or not your class is scheduled to be in person, we can expect the need for students to be away. These class settings, with on-site and online students learning together synchronously, are called “mixed presence” settings.
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Accessibility Checker for Slides

By Nick Hoekstra | August 2, 2022
Special education teachers and related service providers are tasked with developing and maintaining high-quality data to support student progress towards goals. This means that the burden of exploring options to collect high quality data is on educator preparation programs (EPPs) and personnel. Beyond teaching how to write legally defensible goals and maintain high-quality data sheets from them, EPPs must also provide pre-service teachers with the skills to create and/or find resources to assess the assigned goals. Boom Cards™ by Boom Learning are interactive task cards that can be used in the brick-and-mortar classroom and virtually to provide teachers and related service providers with meaningful feedback for progress towards goals.
Human hands using a mobile app with an interface showing dashboards and texts

Behavior and Burnout? Values-Based Practice Using ACTCompanion

By Brian Grace | June 14, 2022
This is post 9 of 9 in the series “Assistive Technology” Assisting Teachers in Understanding Assistive Technology: What Recent Research Says Introducing the Assistive Technology Blog Series Preparing Pre-Service Educators to Make AT Decisions 3 Key Questions When Considering Assistive…
A clock (which can be used as an Assistive Technology) and words saying "Time Management"

FOCUS To-Do Increases Time Management Skills in Pre-Service Teachers

By Tahnee Wilder | May 19, 2022
This is post 7 of 9 in the series “Assistive Technology” Assisting Teachers in Understanding Assistive Technology: What Recent Research Says Introducing the Assistive Technology Blog Series Preparing Pre-Service Educators to Make AT Decisions 3 Key Questions When Considering Assistive…
Person holding a digital tablet for reading

Supporting Online Reading Using Assistive Technology

By Ashley Grays | May 12, 2022
This is post 6 of 9 in the series “Assistive Technology” Assisting Teachers in Understanding Assistive Technology: What Recent Research Says Introducing the Assistive Technology Blog Series Preparing Pre-Service Educators to Make AT Decisions 3 Key Questions When Considering Assistive…
Assistive Technology (AT) showing data displayed on computer screen

Data Tools to Inform AT for Reading and Writing

By Michelle Patterson | May 3, 2022
This is post 5 of 9 in the series “Assistive Technology” Assisting Teachers in Understanding Assistive Technology: What Recent Research Says Introducing the Assistive Technology Blog Series Preparing Pre-Service Educators to Make AT Decisions 3 Key Questions When Considering Assistive…
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3 Key Questions When Considering Assistive Technology

By Michelle Patterson | April 21, 2022
This is post 4 of 9 in the series “Assistive Technology” Assisting Teachers in Understanding Assistive Technology: What Recent Research Says Introducing the Assistive Technology Blog Series Preparing Pre-Service Educators to Make AT Decisions 3 Key Questions When Considering Assistive…