Upcoming Webinar: Unlocking Potential- A Collaborative Roadmap to Technology Integration in Special Education

By Samantha Goldman | November 27, 2023
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On December 7th, CIDDL will host a panel of faculty members from five of the IHEs that are part of CIDDL’s Tech Alliance to share their plans to enhance technology integration in their special education preparation programs.

Re-designing and Aligning an Intro to Special Education Class to the Framework through Technology Integration: Meaningful Representation

By Samantha Goldman | November 21, 2023
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This blog series focuses on my experiences as a first time instructor of an introduction to special education course. At the beginning of the semester, I redesigned the course readings to provide options for recruiting interest (engagement), perception (representation), and comprehension (representation). You can learn more about that process in this blog post.

Re-designing and Aligning an Intro to Special Education Class to the UDL Framework through Technology Integration: Minimizing Threats and Distractions

By Samantha Goldman | November 16, 2023
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Minimizing threats and distractions falls within the UDL guidelines for engagement. Afterall, how can teacher educators expect their pre-service teachers to engage in lessons if they do not feel safe within the classroom? This checkpoint focuses on meeting the basic needs of learners.

Making a Salad to Explore Multiple Means of Representation

By Samantha Goldman | October 24, 2023
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We just started our unit on Universal Design for Learning in my Introduction to Special Education class. First, we talked about the idea of Universal Design in architecture.

Introducing the Tech Alliance

By Samantha Goldman | October 16, 2023
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The first cohort of the CIDDL Tech Alliance met this past week to design a Technology Integration Plan (TIP) for their programs through a collaborative and iterative process, facilitated by CIDDL staff.

Re-designing and Aligning an Intro to Special Education Class to the UDL Framework through Technology Integration: An Introduction

By Samantha Goldman | October 3, 2023
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Intro to Special Education courses within teacher preparation programs are required for a diverse group of future professionals including special education teachers, general education teachers, physical education teachers, speech pathologists, and social workers.

Teaching Teachers to Teach Online Still Matters

By Samantha Goldman | September 12, 2023
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The concept of online teaching was foreign to many K-12 educators prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that brick-and-mortar schools have returned to a status-quo, does that mean that the need to prepare teachers for the online and hybrid environment has passed?

Creating Active Engagement in Your Teacher Preparation Programs Through CIDDL Resources

By Samantha Goldman | September 5, 2023
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In a previous blog post, we explored ways you could utilize the plethora of resources on the CIDDL website to support pre-service teacher education courses. In this blog post, we will explore how faculty can use the CIDDL resources to increase their own capacity to use technology in their practice.

Cracking the Code: Students with Disabilities in the Computer Sciences 

By Nick Hoekstra | August 29, 2023
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Although it is interesting to consider how these technologies benefit students with disabilities, it is even more interesting to consider if students with disabilities are being prepared to work in these very same fields.

CIDDList: Back-to-School Checklist for Technology in Teacher Preparation Courses

By Samantha Goldman | August 21, 2023
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It’s hard to believe that the Fall 2023 semester is upon us. Last year, we published a series of blogs dedicated to preparing for the fall semester. Knowing that technology is ever changing, we have curated a list to help guide you in your thought process around technology in your teacher preparation program.