Practical Access Podcast

Practical Access Podcast

Dr. Lisa Dieker, a professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Special Education, and Dr. Rebecca Hines, a professor at the University of Central Florida in the College of Community Innovation and Education, have worked with schools and parents across the country. Dr. Dieker directs a center in the Achievement and Assessment Institute call Flexible Learning through Innovations in Technology in Education (FLITE) and Dr. Hines directs several doctoral grants and the teacher preparation program. In this podcast, they take a fun and informal look at "practical" solutions from teachers, parents, and people with disabilities. The approach in this podcast is to provide fast, flexible thinking about "real" life problems. This podcast is not about the "legal" approach but their best advice from personal and professional experience.

Episodes

April 12, 2024 17 mins

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In this episode of "Practical Access," hosts Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines welcome special guest Dave Stewart Jr., a veteran high school teacher with nearly two decades of experience teaching English and history and his journey with AI. Dave also writes articles and books to support fellow educators in their classroom practices. The conversation delves into integrating AI tools like ChatGPT into the classroom...

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In this week's episode, we delve into the cutting-edge realm of virtual reality (VR) technology, specifically tailored to assist students in mastering problem-solving within social contexts through simulated scenarios mirroring real-world challenges. Our guest, Sean Smith, serves as the Principal Investigator for Project VOISS, alongside his role as a professor in the Department of Special Education at the Univers...

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Join us as we delve into the  developing world of AI and the impacts it has in classrooms. Explore it's benefits, power, and mind-bending potential within the classroom. Tiffanie, a former AAC Coordinator in the school district of Iowa, joins us to elaborate on the integration of AI technology in classrooms. Meet El, Tiffanie's innovative chatbot designed to revolutionize teaching practices and enhance studen...

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In this engaging episode of "Practical Access," hosts Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines invite Luis Perez, the Disability and Digital Inclusion Lead at CAST, to discuss the vital topic of accessibility and universal design for learning (UDL). Perez shares his personal journey, having been diagnosed with a visual impairment as an adult, and how it fuels his passion for making digital spaces more inclusive.

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This episode of Practical Access features Avien Henry, the Principal of the Children's Learning Center at Helen Keller Services. During this episode, she, along with Drs. Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines provide valuable insights into early childhood education for children with special needs. Dr. Henry's experience and strategies offer practical advice for educators and parents seeking to create supportive, inclusive, and ef...

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This episode of Practical Access discusses Drs. Lisa Dieker & Rebecca Hines' Federal Grant project called FLIGHT STEM Coaching,  which focuses on assisting math and science coaches in supporting special education teachers. The project utilizes a tool called Debriefscape, offering a comprehensive coaching and professional development approach.

FLIGHT STEM Coaching with Debriefscape represents an innovative approach to profes...

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In this episode of Practical Access, Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines discuss Project RAISE (Robots and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Social Skills for Elementary Students), a federally funded initiative aimed at integrating AI and robotics in educational settings. The project is a collaboration with UCP of Central Florida and led by computer science expert Charlie Hughes, among others.

Link to website: 

https://www.ucf.edu/researc...

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In this follow-up episode on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Drs. Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines explore its multifaceted role. The discussion is framed around a book by Reid Hoffman, written in collaboration with ChatGPT, focusing on the impact and potential of AI in enhancing human capabilities in educational settings.

Link to Reid Hoffman & ChatGPT Discussion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myWPwwj0THE

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December 6, 2023 11 mins

This episode of Practical Access offers a comprehensive look at how AI can be a valuable asset in education, from assisting in lesson planning to enhancing student engagement. Drs. Lisa Dieker & Rebecca Hines encourage educators to explore AI tools, considering ethical considerations and the potential for increased efficiency and customization in teaching and learning.

Key Points Discussed:

1. Customization through AI: Dr. Hines ...

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In this insightful episode of Practical Access, hosts Drs. Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines discuss the evolving landscape of education, particularly focusing on technology's role in shaping flexible learning methods. The episode opens with Dr. Dieker sharing her recent move to the University of Kansas, where she highlights her involvement in the School of Education and Human Sciences and her role in the Department of Special Edu...

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Today we interview Dr. Mary Little, a Professor of Exceptional Student Education at the University of Central Florida and in expert in partnerships. Tune in to learn about her experience and her goal to improve K-12 student learning, especially within diverse, urban schools.

Don't forget we love to hear from our listeners. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We look forward to receiving your questions on our Goog...

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April 5, 2023 17 mins

Less than 2 percent of public school teachers in the United States are African American men. Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) was established to help increase the number of African American males in the classroom. Call Me MISTER is an innovative and effective leadership development program for African American males to prepare and place them as teachers and role models in elementary schools...

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December 8, 2022 10 mins

In today’s episode, we have two special guests from Inspire of Central Florida, Nashalie Soto and Liliana Continanzi. Tune in to learn more about Inspire of Central Florida and how they provide educational, vocational, residential, and transportation services to adults with special needs in Central Florida. Their various Special Needs Adults Day Programs provide a safe environment for adults of differing abilities as they pursue in...

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December 6, 2022 12 mins

What does obtaining a Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph. D) mean? How can we support more individuals to get a terminal degree in Special Education? Why is research so important in special education? Tune in to today's episode to hear how Drs. Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines tackle these questions and more! 

Don't forget we love to hear from our listeners! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We look forward...

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In today’s episode, we talk about how to support students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD). Don't forget we love to hear from our listeners! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We look forward to receiving your questions on our Google Phone (407) 900- 9305, Facebook (Practical Access), Twitter (@AccessPractical), or Instagram (@Practical_Access).

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In today’s episode, we talk about all Nonverbal Communication!

 Don't forget we love to hear from our listeners! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We look forward to receiving your questions on our Google Phone (407) 900- 9305, Facebook (Practical Access), Twitter (@AccessPractical), or Instagram (@Practical_Access).

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November 25, 2022 9 mins

 Studies have shown the cumulative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the educational setting. This impact includes learning loss but also how we interact with one another. In today's episode, Drs. Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines talk about post-pandemic learning concerns. Please tune in to hear some of their tips on increasing students' executive function skills and the importance of including more movement in the classroo...

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Co-taught inclusion classes can look wildly different depending on how the model is implemented, and there's no silver bullet on how it's done. In today's episode, Drs. Rebecca Hines and Lisa Dieker continue their conversation on co-teaching and share some tips on how they've collaborated successfully to help build an effective teaching partnership. 

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November 17, 2022 13 mins

In today’s episode, Dr. Rebecca Hines interviews Dr. Lisa Dieker about Co-Teaching.  Co-teaching is a collaborative approach to instruction in which two teachers, typically a general education teacher and a special education teacher, work together to plan and implement instruction for a class that includes students with disabilities. Tune in to this episode to hear their tips on co-teaching for teachers, and administrators, and how...

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