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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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Technology-Based Graphic Organizers to Support Writing

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).
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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.

CIDDL’s Tech Toolbox is Coming! Learn More!

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.
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Image Generating AI and Implications for Teacher Preparation

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.
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Assistive Technology to Support Young Children

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?
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Revolutionizing Mathematics Education in K-12 with AI: The Role of ChatGPT

As we advance further into the 21st century, the educational landscape is being reshaped by groundbreaking technologies. Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly tools like ChatGPT, plays a pivotal role in this transformation, offering new possibilities in teaching and learning. In K-12 mathematics education, these AI tools are not just futuristic concepts but practical aids for educators and students.
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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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Artificial Intelligence in Education 2023: A Year in Review

As we reflect on the educational landscape of 2023, it is clear Artificial Intelligence (AI) has played a pivotal role in reshaping how we teach and learn. From personalized learning experiences to innovative tools assisting educators, the impact of AI in education has been profound. In this comprehensive year-in-review, we’ll explore the key advancements, challenges, and transformative moments that marked the integration of AI in classrooms worldwide.
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Exploring the Integration of AI (ChatGPT) by Educators in Classroom Settings

In the rapidly evolving landscape of education, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has ushered in a transformative era, introducing many challenges and opportunities. This cutting-edge technology promises to revolutionize traditional teaching methods and significantly impact students’ cognitive development and academic achievement.