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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
In our latest webinar, Dr. Tara Courchaine facilitates a conversation with three state and district leaders regarding both what special educators should know about technology as it relates to their future classrooms, and what questions they should ask their school sites to ensure they are a good match.
I’ll Cross that Virtual Bridge When I Come to It: Orientation and Mobility Training in Virtual Environments￼
One technology that has shown potential for creating safe spaces for teaching/practicing O&M skills is virtual reality (VR). According to Thevin and colleagues (2020), VR systems create immersive, interactive environments that provide students the opportunity for trial and error . Besides visual feedback, VR systems can provide both haptic and auditory information for the benefit of individuals who are blind or low vision.
This summer, we set out to provide resources to support faculty in aligning technology standards, designing inclusive syllabi, giving tips and tricks to integrate technology, and providing specific tools that can be used in preparation programs.