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Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium

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.
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Are We There Yet? AI for Statistical Analysis

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.
Informational post about the CIDDL tech alliance webinar

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

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.
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Redefining Snow Days: What It Means Post-School Closures

With winter storm warnings and threats of high winds and thunder across the nation, students,
both young and young at heart, are awaiting the “schools are closed” message. And, while some may get a traditional snow day tomorrow, several are finding out that in a post-school closure world, it may be a thing of the past. And yet, while faculty are more equipped now to move their curriculum online with little notice, the question remains: is this truly what online learning is?
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Lesson Planning in an Introduction to Special Education Classroom

Since the start of the semester, I have shared with my students that AI is a tool that will benefit both them and their students. AI cannot do the work for them, but it should not be ignored as a support. With that said, it is my job to model for them how to use tools, like AI, responsibly and in a manner that will support them in their future classroom jobs.

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

In the webinar on December 7th, Unlocking Potential: A Collaborative Roadmap to Technology Integration in Special Education, panelists from five institutions of CIDDL Tech Alliance gathered to discuss the progress of their TIP. The panelists consist of faculties at California State University, Chico, Indiana State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and University of Maine, Orono. Each school discussed the overview of their institution and special education program, goals and rationale, and the action plan.

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

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

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

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.