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CIDDL Technology Gift List

By Samantha Goldman | January 4, 2023
With the winter holidays coming to an end, CIDDL’s Principal Investigators, staff, and doctoral students put together a list of “must have ” items that stood out this holiday season for the tech and innovation lover in your life. And, we won’t judge if you gift them all to yourself.
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Advancing Digital Equity Guide

By Samantha Goldman | November 9, 2022
The guide breaks access to technology into three components: availability, affordability, and adoption. Within the guide, barriers to each component are laid out, as well as strategies to help combat them.
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Opportunities to Respond: Engagement Meets Technology

By Samantha Goldman | October 12, 2022
The concept of Opportunities to Respond (OTR) is an instructional-based strategy that encourages students to respond in different forms. Some of these opportunities may be errorless, yes/ no, or multiple choice. Using this strategy encourages more students to participate, and be more engaged, in the class.
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Supporting Peer Interactions Online

By Nick Hoekstra | October 6, 2022
With the growing interest in online education – and especially after the global COVID-19 pandemic forced schools across the world to turn to online education – how can we continue to support peer interactions?
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Google Workspace for Data Collection

By Jenee Vickers Johnson | September 22, 2022
Data-based decision making (DBDM) is the process by which professionals collect, graph, and analyze observational data to inform instructional decisions. With some modifications, Google Workspace may be a practical alternative to support DBDM for special education professionals.
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Sustainable Mixed Presence Instruction is Possible

By info@ciddl.org | August 25, 2022
Whether or not your class is scheduled to be in person, we can expect the need for students to be away. These class settings, with on-site and online students learning together synchronously, are called “mixed presence” settings.
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I’ll Cross that Virtual Bridge When I Come to It: Orientation and Mobility Training in Virtual Environments

By Nick Hoekstra | August 23, 2022
One technology that has shown potential for creating safe spaces for teaching/practicing O&M skills is virtual reality (VR). According to Thevin and colleagues (2020), VR systems create immersive, interactive environments that provide students the opportunity for trial and error . Besides visual feedback, VR systems can provide both haptic and auditory information for the benefit of individuals who are blind or low vision.
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Preparing for the Fall Semester: The Wrap Up

By Samantha Goldman | August 18, 2022
This summer, we set out to provide resources to support faculty in aligning technology standards, designing inclusive syllabi, giving tips and tricks to integrate technology, and providing specific tools that can be used in preparation programs.
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Learning Science and Data in the Classroom

By Kenneth Holman | August 16, 2022
Learning sciences bridge the gap between understanding data and applying it in real classroom settings to improve student performance in the classroom.
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UDL Implementation in Teacher Preparation Programs

By Ashley Grays | July 26, 2022
UDL Implementation in Teacher Preparation Programs Author: Ashley Grays; info@ciddl.org CIDDL invited Dr. Stephanie Craig, and Ann Kaufman to discuss using UDL in Teacher Preparation Programs. Facilitated by Dr. Tara Courchaine, Chief Research & Development Officer at CAST, these two…