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.
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.
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.
Teaching social skills in an authentic yet safe environment is a struggle. However, through the use of VR, educators are able to create a virtual environment that resembles the school community and allows for students with and without disabilities to practice needed skills.
The first cohort of the CIDDL Tech Alliance met this past week to design a Technology Integration Plan (TIP) for their programs through a collaborative and iterative process, facilitated by CIDDL staff.
The concept of online teaching was foreign to many K-12 educators prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that brick-and-mortar schools have returned to a status-quo, does that mean that the need to prepare teachers for the online and hybrid environment has passed?
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.
The final question guiding our needs assessment was “how can CIDDL be most responsive to their needs?”. To answer this question, data were analyzed from the 77 higher education participants.
This brief highlights the importance of creating and designing more accessible research, be it in the field or in the works we publish to ensure access to all.
In the spring of 2023, CIDDL conducted a needs assessment to determine how we can best support faculty, as per our mission statement.