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Perspectives from Higher Education Experts in Orientation and Mobility

By Nick Hoekstra | December 6, 2022
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In the November 30 CIDDL Webinar, How to select Technology and Design Instruction: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities that Generalize Across Tools and Settings, Dr. Tara Courchaine interviewed Dr. Robert Wall Emerson, Dr. Sarahelizabeth Baguhn, and Dr. Nicholas Giudice regarding their processes for choosing technology to introduce in orientation and mobility (O&M) programs.

Learning About Educational Technology Through Student Voice in Personnel Preparation

By James Basham | August 30, 2022
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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.

Sustainable Mixed Presence Instruction is Possible

By | August 25, 2022
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A rendering of a classroom with students participating in various activities. A teacher presents at a whiteboard while three students look on from a nearby table. The table has another student joining via video conferencing from a tablet. Two other students use a TV to watch a video and take notes on a laptop. The classroom is filled with alternative seating and various activities.
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.

Counting Down from Five: Answers and Questions for Starting Special Education Teachers

By Samantha Goldman | August 23, 2022
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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

By Nick Hoekstra | August 23, 2022
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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.

Preparing for the Fall Semester: The Wrap Up

By Samantha Goldman | August 18, 2022
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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.

Technology to Support Executive Function Skills

By Kiera Anderson | August 9, 2022
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Supporting executive function (EF) skills can help you as a teacher educator prepare your pre-and in-service teachers prepare their students’ to maximize learning gains by understanding how their brain works for improved life management.

UDL Implementation in Teacher Preparation Programs

By Ashley Grays | July 26, 2022
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UDL Implementation in Teacher Preparation Programs Author: Ashley Grays; CIDDL invited Dr. Stephanie Craig, and Ann Kaufman to discuss using UDL in Teacher Preparation Programs. Facilitated by Dr. Tara Courchaine, Chief Research & Development Officer at CAST, these two…

Technology in Coaching to Decrease Pre-service Educator Stress

By Kiera Anderson | July 19, 2022
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This is post 5 of 9 in the series “Prepare for the Fall Semester” Preparing for the Fall Semester: What Do You Want to Share? Instructional and Assessment Technology to Prepare for Your Fall Semester Preparing Teachers for Standards-Based Lesson…

Preparing for the Fall Semester: Aligning Instruction to Standards

By Nick Hoekstra | July 13, 2022
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This is post 4 of 9 in the series “Prepare for the Fall Semester” Preparing for the Fall Semester: What Do You Want to Share? Instructional and Assessment Technology to Prepare for Your Fall Semester Preparing Teachers for Standards-Based Lesson…

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We, as a national center, aim to provide inspiring thoughts, topics, and narratives around the use of educational technology. Check out this post to read more about Thought Leadership within the CIDDL framework.

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Why CIDDL? A Glimpse of Our Mission

Author: The CIDDL Team; The Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL) team brings together known leaders in the areas of special education, early intervention, related services, educational …

May 13, 2021
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Designing for Use of Technology and Innovation

Author: CIDDL Team; Technologies designed based on UDL  The power of technology in improving student learning and engagement is contingent on its effective design and innovative use in various …

April 27, 2021
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Current State of Affairs: Technology in Preparation Programs

Author: CIDDL Team; Despite innovations in digital technology and instructional design, tools to improve student engagement, and opportunities for digital learning, multiple decades of research in educator preparation and …

April 21, 2021
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AI Episode 3: Implications for Thought Leaders and Policy Developers

Author: Matthew Marino; In Episode 1 and Episode 2, we briefly described Artificial Intelligence in education and discussed how an AI teaching assistant looks like. To continue the conversation, what will the …

April 19, 2021
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AI Episode 2: What Does An AI Teaching Assistant Look Like?

Author: Matthew Marino; Jill Watson, an AI teaching assistant developed at Georgia Tech, turned 5 this year. Jill has been steadily improving since her 2016 rollout in Ashok Goel’s …

April 15, 2021