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CIDDL is Going to San Antonio!

Authors: Yerin Seung; info@ciddl.org

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 special education professionals together to “learn, share, grow, and connect,” and we look forward to connecting with you in person! 

The CIDDL team is bringing research and practice with technology and innovation to the conference through demonstrations in the Tech Playground, sessions focusing on technology integration and artificial intelligence, and an AI-focused town hall. Below, we will share the various sessions hosted by the CIDDL team. RSVP to them through our community and on the convention’s Whova app!

Presentation Sessions: Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Education Setting

The Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL) supports special education faculty capacity, use, and innovation in educational technology. As the demand for skilled and adaptable professionals rises, learn key considerations and practical tips for integrating AI into personnel preparation programs. Discuss the issues around integrating AI into personnel preparation, emphasizing the potential for improved efficiency, effectiveness, and individualized skill development. Resources will be shared for enhancing your use of AI in your personnel and leadership preparation programs.

Join the Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL.org) as we explore artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and discuss the appropriateness of usage. CIDDL team members will guide individuals in making informed decisions about incorporating AI in K-12 settings. By presenting a balanced discussion of the benefits and challenges, CIDDL aims to guide educators in making informed, ethically sound decisions about integrating AI technologies into various aspects of the K-12 setting. 

  • Artificial Intelligence, Workforce, and Considerations in Special Education (March 14, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:30 am in 205) 

What is artificial intelligence (AI)? How will AI transform the workforce and landscape of special education? Discuss how AI is influencing education and special education. Presenters will highlight considerations to foster responsible and inclusive AI adoption in special education settings with a focus on workforce, policy, and the emerging landscape of practice. Resources and connections for continuous engagement will be provided. 

  • Townhall: Collaborative Conversation on Artificial Intelligence in Special Education (March 15, 2024 8:00 am - 9:00 am in 217C)

With a growing emphasis on personalized learning and inclusive practices, AI technologies present unique opportunities and challenges for students with diverse learning needs. The Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL) delves into the collaborative efforts among educators, researchers, and stakeholders to harness the potential of AI in addressing the individualized requirements of special education. By examining current applications, case studies, and technology initiatives, this town hall seeks to communicate the evolving landscape of AI in special education. This conversation on AI in special education aims to guide educators, researchers, and policymakers toward a more inclusive, adaptive, and ethically grounded integration of AI technologies in the learning experiences of students with disabilities.

Join the Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL.org) to learn about engaging parents and families with artificial intelligence (AI). CIDDL team members will discuss the emerging trends, latest tools, tips, and considerations on AI as it relates to parents and families supporting students with disabilities. The discussion encompasses the ethical, educational, and sociocultural dimensions of incorporating AI tools within family contexts. From privacy concerns to the potential benefits of personalized learning experiences, this conversation navigates the intricate landscape of AI integration in family life.  Free resources will be provided.

Learn About AI at Our Booth: Ask the AI Expert

Have questions about AI? Curious how to use it in your specific setting? Want to see AI in action? The Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL) will be hosting an “Ask the AI Expert” booth, an opportunity to talk with experts personally.

Are you eager to dive deeper into AI and its application in education? Are you curious about how AI can be tailored to your unique educational setting or interested in seeing cutting-edge AI tools in action? CIDDL invites you to our "Ask the AI Expert" booth for a personalized experience. It's a fantastic opportunity to engage directly with AI experts, ask questions, and gain insights into integrating AI into your teaching or administrative practices. Plus, we've got some must-have swag for all tech enthusiasts. Don't miss this chance to connect with like-minded individuals and take your first step toward transforming education with AI. We're excited to meet you at our booth!

The AI Expert booth is open Wednesday from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Thursday from 8:00 am - 10:00 am and 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 am and 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Come Play in the Tech Playground!

This year in Tech Playground, we offer Technology Blitzes exploring how to use AI and other cutting-edge technologies in the educational setting. These 10-minute blitzes will focus on technology tools and tips you can implement in your classrooms tomorrow. These will be short presentations with step-by-step explanations and experiences where attendees will learn examples of how technology is implemented. We will highlight technology integration in modern society, such as AI and virtual reality (VR). Some of the topics on AI are to support lesson planning, reading, writing, math, creating slideshows, paraprofessionals, personnel prep, and parents and families. We will also show how VR can benefit teacher coaching and social skills. In addition, we will introduce several useful tools for feedback, executive functioning, video creation, and storyboarding. Check out these innovative technologies and learn to bring them to your classrooms!

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
TitleTimePresenter
Using AI to Support Lesson Planning2:00 pm - 2:10 pmChristine Parsons Yacine Tazi
AI Tools for Math2:20 pm - 2:30 pmKenneth Holman
AI Swarms2:40 pm - 2:50 pm Yacine Tazi
AI for Special Education3:00 pm - 3:10 pmDr. Matthew Marino
AI Tools to Support Writing3:20 pm - 3:30 pmSamantha Goldman
AI Tools to Support Reading3:40 pm - 3:50 pm Samantha Goldman
Tools for Providing Feedback4:00 pm - 4:10 pmKrystle Merry
AI for Executive Functioning4:20 pm - 4:30 pmChristine Parsons
AI and for Personnel Prep4:40 pm - 4:50 pm Dr. Angelica Fulchini Scruggs
Thursday, March 14, 2024
TitleTimePresenter
AI and Paras8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDr. Katie Tuck 
AI for Lesson Planning8:50 am - 9:00 amYacine Tazi and Christine Parsons
VR in K-129:10 am - 9:20 amKrystle Merry
AI Swarms9:30 am - 9:40 amYacine Tazi
VR in Teacher Coaching9:50 am - 10:00 amDr. Adam Carreon
AI tools to support Math3:00 pm - 3:10 pmDr. Mikyung Shin
VR in Social Skills 3:20 pm - 3:30 pmDr. Amber Rowland
Friday, March 15, 2024
TitleTimePresenter
Custom GPTs8:30 am - 8:40 amYacine Tazi
AI Tools for Math8:50 am - 9:00 amKenneth Holman
AI Tools to Create Slideshows9:10 am - 9:20 amTeddy Kim
AI support for Lesson Planning9:30 am - 9:40 amYerin Seung
How to use AI in Higher Education9:50 am - 10:00 amDr. James Basham
Navigating the UDL framework and online resource10:10 am - 10:20 amDr. Beth Fornauf
data analysis using AI10:30 am - 10:40 amDr. Tal Slemrod
AI support 

Behavior Management

10:50 am - 11:00 am Dr. Lynn Scott
AI for Parents/ Families11:30 am - 11:40 amDr. Sean Smith
Interactive Assessment3:00 pm - 3:10 pmDr. Alisa Lowrey
AI Tools to Support Reading3:20 pm - 3:30 pmYerin Seung
Tools for Video Creation/ Storyboarding3:40 pm - 3:50 pm Dr. Sean Smith

Are You Joining Us?

Will you be at CEC? Are you presenting on a topic related to technology? Are you excited to stop by our booths? Tell us about your convention plans in our community. See you soon in San Antonio!