CIDDL Blogs

Apple Intelligence: How Apple’s AI for the Rest of Us Will Impact Special Education Personnel Preparation

By Samantha Goldman | June 17, 2024
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In a much-awaited gathering, Apple announced how it is upgrading its devices to integrate further artificial intelligence, or Apple Intelligence (AI), as they call it. Apple devices have used natural language processors, a type of AI, for years to create SIRI and their word prediction software. Unlock your phone with your face? That also uses AI. At this most recent event, though, they announced how they use generative AI to enhance their platforms. Apple is branding this upgrade as AI for the rest of us, making using the novel, albeit sometimes complex, AI features more user-friendly.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Cognitive Load

By Yerin Seung | June 10, 2024
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In the digital age, the integration of technology into education is inevitable and potentially transformative. Artificial intelligence (AI), in particular, stands out as a powerful tool with significant implications in education. There are several cognitive variables that AI may influence in learning processes. One of the critical factors is cognitive load—the total amount of mental effort being used in the working memory. Understanding how AI influences cognitive load can help educators optimize educational practices to better meet the diverse needs of students.

Using AI-Powered Chatbot for Reading Comprehension

By Yerin Seung | June 3, 2024
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Reading comprehension is one of the most important skills for academic success in this contemporary information-driven society. However, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, many students struggle with understanding texts with increased complexity. Supporting struggling readers has long been a challenge in educational settings. These students often require personalized attention that can be difficult to provide in classrooms with many students. However, advances in artificial intelligence (AI), particularly chatbots, offer promising new ways to meet these needs. This blog post explores how AI-powered chatbots can be integrated into learning environments to improve reading comprehension for struggling readers.

Jump on the MagicSchool.ai Bus!

By Samantha Goldman | May 28, 2024
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Perhaps one of the most influential AIs to hit special education is MagicSchoolAI. As an AI designed especially to support teachers, it can help with lesson planning, differentiating, writing assessments, writing IEPs, communicating with parents, and so much more. MagicSchool is quickly gaining popularity among educators, with over 2 million teachers and 3,000 schools and districts currently using it.

CIDDList: Podcasts for Your Summer Listen List

By Samantha Goldman | May 20, 2024
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The 2023-2024 academic year is ending. For some, this means hours in the car on road trips. For others, it means relaxing by the pool. And, others might be teaching summer courses. Regardless of how you are spending your summer months, this CIDDLlist is dedicated to providing you with podcasts you can listen to as you (1) catch up on professional learning, (2) forward planning for your future courses (check out this blog on how you can use podcasts as course “readings”), and (3) learn more about fringe interests.

S3 Summer Study Sessions: Virtual Writing Group for Doc Students

By Samantha Goldman | May 13, 2024
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CIDDL is excited to launch the first of several collaborative event series we have planned for this summer! Starting Tuesday, May 14, CIDDL will host a Pomodoro-Style writing group for doctoral students in special education and technology.

Understanding the AI in Your Classroom

By Samantha Goldman | May 6, 2024
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Classrooms, schools, and districts have been using AI support for years. A recent EdWeek article pointed out something very relevant: many teachers using AI may not be aware that they are using it. Thus, this blog aims to define AI and explore the various categories within the general umbrella term. Additionally, we will share common classroom tools that fit into each category.

Prompt Engineering for Teachers Using Generative AI: Brainstorming Activities and Resources

By Yerin Seung | April 29, 2024
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In the ever-evolving world of education, where teachers always look for innovative tools to enhance their teaching, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a powerful ally. Tools like ChatGPT and Gemini have become invaluable for educators, offering a way to tailor lesson plans that meet the wide-ranging needs of students, including those with disabilities. With their advanced language processing skills, these AI tools allow teachers to quickly develop personalized, detailed content, cutting down on the time needed for lesson planning. This isn’t just about making teachers’ lives easier; it’s about bringing innovation and creativity into the classroom, making learning more engaging and comprehensive across different subjects and grade levels.

CIDDList: Exploring GPTs Available with ChatGPT Plus

By Samantha Goldman | April 22, 2024
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The premium version of ChatGPT offers users additional features that further support special education teachers and students. OpenAI offers GPTs within the system trained on specific content knowledge that can be used within a closed-loop organization or shared openly. These GPTs can be found through the ChatGPT interface on the left-hand side, where it says “Explore GPTs” or There’s an AI for That. Users should continue to be cautious when uploading data and avoid using identifiable and unredacted information.