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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?

Creating Active Engagement in Your Teacher Preparation Programs Through CIDDL Resources

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.
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The CIDDL Community: We Need You

CIDDL is the Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning and our mission is to improve faculty’s capacity to use educational technology in personnel preparation programs. Part of our role is to teach about new and emerging technologies as they relate to students with disabilities, teachers and related service providers, higher education faculty, and other leaders in education. We do this through blog posts (like this one), webinars, research and practice briefs, and CIZZLEs.

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Special education teachers and related service providers are tasked with developing and maintaining high-quality data to support student progress towards goals. This means that the burden of exploring options to collect high quality data is on educator preparation programs (EPPs) and personnel. Beyond teaching how to write legally defensible goals and maintain high-quality data sheets from them, EPPs must also provide pre-service teachers with the skills to create and/or find resources to assess the assigned goals. Boom Cards™ by Boom Learning are interactive task cards that can be used in the brick-and-mortar classroom and virtually to provide teachers and related service providers with meaningful feedback for progress towards goals.
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Boom-ing into Data Collection

Special education teachers and related service providers are tasked with developing and maintaining high-quality data to support student progress towards goals. This means that the burden of exploring options to collect high quality data is on educator preparation programs (EPPs) and personnel. Beyond teaching how to write legally defensible goals and maintain high-quality data sheets from them, EPPs must also provide pre-service teachers with the skills to create and/or find resources to assess the assigned goals. Boom Cards™ by Boom Learning are interactive task cards that can be used in the brick-and-mortar classroom and virtually to provide teachers and related service providers with meaningful feedback for progress towards goals.
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Affinity Group Reflection: How Are We Preparing Teachers to Teach Online?

This is post 9 of 9 in the series “Affinity Group: Preparing teachers to teach online” Preparing Pre-service Teachers for Hybrid/Online Learning Offering FAPE in Online Settings: Implications for Teacher Education Jamming with Jamboard in Your Higher Ed Classroom Using…
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Collaboration with Families: Bringing Research to Practice

This is post 8 of 9 in the series “Affinity Group: Preparing teachers to teach online” Preparing Pre-service Teachers for Hybrid/Online Learning Offering FAPE in Online Settings: Implications for Teacher Education Jamming with Jamboard in Your Higher Ed Classroom Using…
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Using Video Observations in Teacher Preparation Programs

Using Video Observations in Teacher Preparation Programs Author: Samantha Goldman Pre-service teachers are usually required to video themselves teaching to receive feedback from peers and professors as part of their culminating portfolio. One critique of this method is that teacher…