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Staying Relevant: Using Social Media to Address Current Issues in Teacher Preparation

November 22, 2022
Social media has made access to the voices of differently able individuals readily available, and they are constantly discussing perspectives and events that affect their lives. Open discussions about current issues may help pre-service teachers gain confidence in having difficult conversations about and with the students they serve.
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Dot the I’s and Every Other Letter: Technology to Support Braille Learning

November 18, 2022
For over 150 years, a system of raised dots known as braille has been the fundamental system of written communication for the blind. Perkins School for the Blind reports that there exist braille codes for over 130 languages from around the world. Even beyond the classroom, braille is an indispensable tool in the daily lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. Fortunately, advances in technology have the potential to make braille more readily available than ever before.
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Advancing Digital Equity Guide

November 9, 2022
The guide breaks access to technology into three components: availability, affordability, and adoption. Within the guide, barriers to each component are laid out, as well as strategies to help combat them.
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Social Media Discussion Boards

October 28, 2022
To allow for social interaction and academic conversations between students, many classes utilize an asynchronous discussion board. Perhaps we can increase engagement by offering alternative ways to engage in discussion.
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Educating Schools and Families on using Technology to Prevent Cyberbullying

October 19, 2022
Given the immensely critical role technological interactions now play in our daily lives, it is imperative that students, parents and educators understand the impact of cyberbullying and what can be done to prevent it.
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Opportunities to Respond: Engagement Meets Technology

October 12, 2022
The concept of Opportunities to Respond (OTR) is an instructional-based strategy that encourages students to respond in different forms. Some of these opportunities may be errorless, yes/ no, or multiple choice. Using this strategy encourages more students to participate, and be more engaged, in the class.
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Supporting Peer Interactions Online

October 6, 2022
With the growing interest in online education – and especially after the global COVID-19 pandemic forced schools across the world to turn to online education – how can we continue to support peer interactions?
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Google Workspace for Data Collection

September 22, 2022
Data-based decision making (DBDM) is the process by which professionals collect, graph, and analyze observational data to inform instructional decisions. With some modifications, Google Workspace may be a practical alternative to support DBDM for special education professionals.
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Hashtags, Social Media, and UDL in Teacher Preparation

September 14, 2022
Student choice is an important aspect of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which is often hard to provide when you are trying to find resources that relate to your course goals. If you want all your students to receive the same background information, how can you give choice?