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Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium Part Two

By Teddy Kim | April 11, 2024
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On April 10th, 2024, CIDDL hosted a second “Emerging Trends in Special Educational Technology” webinar to highlight the innovative work of doctoral students. The invited panelists were Lauryn Castro from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Roba Hrisseh from George Mason University, Reagan Mergen from George Mason University, and Juli Taylor from the University of Kansas. Each panelist shared their work regarding special education technology and its impact on teacher and personnel preparation, followed by a Q&A session.

Get Ready for Part Two of “Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium”

By Samantha Goldman | April 3, 2024
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CIDDL is excited to announce our second webinar highlighting the innovative work of doctoral students across the country. In this webinar, entitled “Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium,” four researchers will share their current work and future plans as they relate to special education and the impact on teacher and personnel preparation. If you missed the last webinar, be sure to check it out!

Technologies to Support Progress Monitoring for Writing

By Samantha Goldman | March 26, 2024
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In this Brief, Dr. Rowland shares information regarding the importance of aligning evidence-based practices for writing with research-based technology. Additionally, it discusses the importance of progress monitoring for writing and why tools, such as the WRITE PM, are so helpful for future educators.

Using ChatGPT for Writing Lesson Plans

By Yerin Seung | March 25, 2024
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Teachers continually seek innovative tools to enhance their lesson planning in the ever-evolving education landscape. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can provide innovative solutions to support teachers in brainstorming creative and fun ideas for their lesson plans for students with and without disabilities. One of the most accessible tools is ChatGPT, based on generative AI with advanced language processing capabilities. This blog post delves into how teachers can leverage ChatGPT to brainstorm lesson plans effectively.

2024: A Space Odyssey? How AI and Technology of the Present Compares to HAL9000 and the Predictions of 2001: A Space Odyssey

By Samantha Goldman | March 21, 2024
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If you have never seen the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, or only seen it once or twice, you may consider adding it to your watch list for the upcoming cold weather. I will say, it takes multiple viewings to fully understand and comprehend both the cinematic beauty and overall storyline. As someone who was born way after it came out, has seen it in theaters more than four times, and has an affinity for all things technology, this movie is eye opening and remarkable. Before we get too much farther, it is important to note that 2001: A Space Odyssey is also a book. I haven’t read it, so I can’t make connections to the present. Thus, this blog will focus solely on the movie.

CEC Recap

By Samantha Goldman | March 20, 2024
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What a wonderful conference in San Antonio! The CIDDL team enjoyed interacting with and learning from everyone who came by our booth or sessions. We are excited to welcome many new voices into our CIDDL community.

CIDDL is Going to San Antonio!

By Yerin Seung | March 4, 2024
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CIDDL is preparing to head to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)’s Annual Convention in San Antonio from March 13th to 16th. This convention provides special education personnel (e.g., teachers, administrators, and related service providers) professional development through interactive sessions grounded in application to students with disabilities. It is a fantastic event that brings together special education professionals to “learn, share, grow, and connect,” and we are looking forward to connecting with you in person!

Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium

By Yerin Seung | February 29, 2024
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On February 27th, 2024, CIDDL hosted a webinar to highlight the innovative work of doctoral students related to emerging trends in special education technology. The invited panelists were Kenneth Holman from the University of Central Florida, Krystle Merry from the University of Arkansas, A.J. Naatz from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Danielle A. Waterfield from the University of Virginia, and Thai Williams from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Each panelist shared their current work related to special education and the impact on teacher and personnel preparation, followed by a Q&A session.

Answers to Your AI Questions: A Conversation with Yacine Tazi

By info@ciddl.org | February 28, 2024
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CIDDL has been actively engaged in the conversation around AI and its impact on life, but especially education and personnel preparation. Beyond the conversations of our national center, AI has been the focus of local and national news. The more engrossed our population becomes with AI, the more niche and specialized terminology enter the mainstream vernacular. In this blog post, CIDDL invited Yacine Tazi, a doctoral candidate at the University of Central Florida, to share his insights on questions about AI.

Technology-Based Graphic Organizers to Support Writing

By Samantha Goldman | February 27, 2024
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This brief focuses on the use of technology-based graphic organizers (TBGOs) with struggling writers. Writing is a complex task with which students with and without disabilities struggle (Graham et al., 2017). One practice to help struggling writers is teaching them to use graphic organizers. Graphic organizers support students through visual and spatial displays and can improve comprehension and quality of writing when used during pre-writing activities (Hughes et al., 2019).