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CIDDList: Assistive Technology Tools and Resources for Young Children

By Samantha Goldman | February 27, 2024
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The purpose of this CIDDList is to provide early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) faculty with resources about AT to provide to their pre-service EI/ECSE educators, including pre-service related service providers such as speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, developmental therapists, and interventionists.

Innovative Technologies Highlighted in the Super Bowl and the Implications for Teacher Education

By Samantha Goldman | February 20, 2024
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Given that CIDDL “resides” at the University of Kansas, we must highlight the Super Bowl and the KC Chiefs. While the game was exciting and, at times, stressful, the commercials, as always, highlighted some innovative and emerging technologies of particular interest to CIDDL.

CIDDL Webinar Highlighting the Innovative Work of Doctoral Students

By Samantha Goldman | February 19, 2024
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CIDDL is excited to announce our first 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”, five researchers will share about their current work and future plans as they relate to special education and the impact on teacher and personnel preparation.

The webinar will take place February 27, 2024 at 11:30 am PST, 1:30 pm CST, and 2:30 pm EST. Be sure to mark your calendar and RSVP to attend this free webinar highlighting the future of special education research.

Are We There Yet? AI for Statistical Analysis

By info@ciddl.org | February 14, 2024
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As we start 2024, one of the newest (if not the newest) push in technology is the introduction and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Where and how AI will be used is one of the ongoing questions in both K12 and higher education. More specifically, one question that the CIDDL team is exploring is how AI can and should be used in data analysis.

AT Goes to the Big and Little Screen: Tech for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

By Samantha Goldman | February 14, 2024
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In 2021, CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) won several Oscars, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Troy Kotsur was the first deaf actor to win an Oscar.
American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English are not the same. Sign language is the first language for many young children who are deaf/ hard of hearing. But, not all people who are deaf/ hard of hearing use sign language. So, when considering inclusion in the movie-going experience (or within the classroom), it is important to ensure that you are accounting for all needs.

Following Up on Apple Vision Pro: Available Now

By Samantha Goldman | February 8, 2024
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This past June, Apple announced its new AR/VR/XR headset. In a previous CIDDL blog, we explored the differences between AR/VR/XR and discussed the implications of the new device on special education. But, in June, Apple had yet to release a date, and limited details were available. Preorders began January 19, 2024, at 5 am PST and the devices became officially available on February 2.

Unlocking Potential: A Collaborative Roadmap to Technology Integration in Special Education Part 2

By Teddy Kim | February 6, 2024
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In the webinar on January 31st, Unlocking Potential: A Collaborative Roadmap to Technology Integration in Special Education Part 2, panelists from five institutions of CIDDL Tech Alliance gathered to discuss the progress of their TIP.

CIDDL’s Tech Toolbox is Coming! Learn More!

By Samantha Goldman | February 1, 2024
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Do you have a knack for technology? Can you explain complex tech-related concepts in simple, concise, and understandable terms? If so, then we need your help! The Center for Innovation in Digital Learning and Design (CIDDL) is on a mission to create a comprehensive toolbox of tech videos and briefs. This toolbox aims to support faculty in effectively integrating and using new, existing, and emerging technologies in their courses.

Image Generating AI and Implications for Teacher Preparation

By Samantha Goldman | January 24, 2024
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The conversation around AI and further technology innovations is a hot topic. The use of generative AI to turn words into images has gained more traction recently. This blog explores the effectiveness, accuracy, and feasibility of using AI to turn text into images.

Assistive Technology to Support Young Children

By Samantha Goldman | January 23, 2024
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Conversations about the use of technology with young children often focus on the “appropriateness” of young children’s access to screens rather than the broader supports technology can provide to enhance young children’s autonomous access, engagement, and participation in their environments. The question remains: how can we leverage existing, emerging, and innovative technologies, especially assistive technologies, to support our youngest learners with disabilities and support needs?