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National Education Technology Plan

In January, the Office of Educational Technology released the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan entitled “A Call to Action for Closing the Digital Access, Design, and Use Divides”. The focus of the plan is on closing digital divides. It defines the digital use divide as an inequitable implementation of technology use, bringing more awareness to an issue highlighted in a previous CIDDL blog. Some students use technology for purely passive task completion, whereas others use it to create, produce, build, and analyze. The digital design divide refers to the inequality in professional learning opportunities, wherein practitioners can learn to design learning experiences through educational technology. The final area, the digital access divide, refers to inequitable access to devices, connectivity, and content. This includes digital health, safety, citizenship skills, and accessibility.

Myths and Facts of “Hi-Flex” Course Design

On June 26th, 2024, CIDDL hosted a webinar to discuss the evolution and current state of “hi-flex” teaching, addressing common misconceptions and providing factual information. During the webinar, Martha Burtis, Director of Open CoLab Plymouth State University, and Bryan Mascio, Ed.D. Faculty-in-Residence, Power of Place Learning Communities: Educational Consultant emphasized the importance of pedagogy over modality and technology in the ‘Hi-Flex with an AI’ approach.

Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium Part Two

On April 10th, 2024, CIDDL hosted a second “Emerging Trends in Special Educational Technology” webinar to highlight the innovative work of doctoral students. The invited panelists were Lauryn Castro from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Roba Hrisseh from George Mason University, Reagan Mergen from George Mason University, and Juli Taylor from the University of Kansas. Each panelist shared their work regarding special education technology and its impact on teacher and personnel preparation, followed by a Q&A session.

Get Ready for Part Two of “Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium”

CIDDL is excited to announce our second 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,” four researchers will share their current work and future plans as they relate to special education and the impact on teacher and personnel preparation. If you missed the last webinar, be sure to check it out!

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.