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Technology and the Gifted Child
"For gifted children, there will
be information available on almost any interest they have -- anything from sites such as NASA for those
interested in Astronomy to sites on literature, geology, history, and Star Trek. Also many of these sites
offer more than one-way information. Most WWW authors cheerfully respond to email queries from
their pages and will provide specific information requested. Next time you or your child has one of those
questions which you can't find an answer, someone on the Internet probably can and will if you ask them."
Internet and Gifted and Talented Children by Gayle Dallaston
Articles and research links first, or click for the Technology itself, below...
Visit Gifted Kids as Digital Citizens for
Time = Scream Time
by Julie F. Skolnick in
With Understanding Comes Calm
It’s impossible to turn off all electronics in this world. For one thing,
schools are relying more and more on online opportunities for homework,
grades, shared documents and even social media. Don’t get me started. But
it’s really important to point out to our kids the importance of well
roundedness and to help them develop the skill, yes the skill, to interact
with others looking them in the face. As with most things there is a sweet
spot, a balance to avoid being a hermit and simultaneously avoid becoming a
junkie. People always ask me “but what do they DO in the car?” They listen
to music. They think. They look out the window. They say “I’m bored.” They
sing. They ask “Are we there yet?” They come up with funny ideas or new
games we can play together in the car. My goal is that they have fun inside
their own heads and recognize the quiet interior of their minds as a
peaceful and relaxing place.
A few tried and true rules toward balance...
Kids to be Their Own Internet Filters
by Katrina Schwartz in MindShift
- Students live in an information-saturated world. Rather than shielding
them from the digital world, many agree the most effective way to keep them
safe and using the internet responsibly as a learning tool is to teach them
how to be their own filters. That’s not only a life skill, but one that’s
important when researching. Older kids, especially, have the capacity to
learn how to decide which online sources can be trusted and why. “If
we are not teaching the kids to use the web as a vehicle for enhancing
learning and teaching them to be the filter, that’s a dereliction of duty.”
Teaching Success! A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Innovative Technology in
edited by Kevin D. Besnoy and Lane W. Clarke (or from
- Gives classroom teachers advice from technology education experts on how
the latest tools and software can be implemented into lesson plans to create
differentiated, exciting curriculum for all learners. Focused on
implementing technology in the four core areas of learning — math, science,
language arts, and social studies...
- Did You Know
by Karl Fisch on YouTube
- "The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are
currently preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet, using
technologies that haven't been invented yet, in order to solve problems we
don't even know are problems yet. 1 out of 8 couples married in the US in
2011 met online... Did you know? Also watch the
Shift Happens: Did You
Know? by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod,
Did You Know 2.0, and an updated
Happens 2008 by a Sony executive (less education, more technology-based)
Nation, Life on the Virtual Frontier PBS FRONTLINE, video
- Continuing a line of investigation started in the 2008 FRONTLINE report
Online, embark on a journey to understand the implications of living
in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant
connectivity may have on future generations. "I'm amazed at the things my
kids are able to do online, but I'm also a little bit panicked when I
realize that no one seems to know where all this technology is taking us, or
its long-term effects..."
an Academic Life in Second Life transcript of a live chat with Merrill
L. Johnson, associate dean of the University of New Orleans's College of
Liberal Arts, in The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Colleges around the world are opening virtual campuses in
Second Life, a three-dimensional,
colorful environment that can be accessed via a computer. One of those
campuses is New Orleans Island, which was built by Merrill L. Johnson, an
administrator at the University of New Orleans. What is the appeal of Second
Life, and what kind of classes does the university hold there? Is Second
Life a useful distance-education platform or just frivolous entertainment?
Education and Twitter: How Social Networking Can Propel Advocacy & Learning
by Deborah Mersino, author of
Ingeniousus blog, also
- If you’re a proponent of gifted and talented (GT) education, a parent
interested in gifted issues, a teacher who believes in visionary methods, a
charter school enthusiast, education reformist, private gifted school
administrator, GT association board member and/or a university professor
offering a summer program for gifted students, please accept my warm
welcome! You are about to enter a post on the twitosphere...
- For a list of Facebook and Twitter personas in gifted, read
Networking - Impacting the World of Gifted Education Davidson Institute
for Talent Development
Technology in the Classroom: Respecting and Meeting the Needs of All Writers
by Cathy Risberg, in 2e:
- By honoring our children’s learning preferences, we can offer them the
writing options that will help them succeed. In allowing students to choose
handheld technology as a tool, we will truly respect and meet their needs as
learners and empower them as writers...
Kids Get Organized: Some Suggestions for Parents by Ellen D. Fiedler
- Bright kids often are “organizationally-challenged.” In fact, the brighter
they are, the more likely it is that they will have issues with organization
(or, more likely, the grown-ups in their lives will have concerns about
their not being organized). Among the reasons for this are: a) they have
good memories and, for awhile anyway, are able to rely on remembering where
they saw something last,... Some strategies that may work are...
(requires Adobe Reader)
Vida Robot by Joshua Davis, in Wired
- Cameron hadn't expected many students to be interested, particularly not a
kid like Lorenzo, who was failing most of his classes and perpetually looked
like he was about to fall asleep. But Lorenzo didn't have much else to do
after school. He didn't want to walk around the streets. He had tried that -
he'd been a member of WBP 8th Street, a westside gang. When his friends
started to get arrested for theft, he dropped out. He didn't want to go to
jail. That's why he decided to come to Cameron's meeting...
in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Create by Ben
Curran and Neil Wetherbee
- The world has transformed on an epic scale, but education has barely
budged. How can you incorporate all the creativity technology has to offer
into your learning experiences, even if your technological abilities are
limited? How can online tools help students, especially gifted and
twice-exceptional students, connect with others from around the block or
around the world to collaborate on projects? Ben and Neil of Engaging
Educators offer step-by-step instructions to get you started using
technology in your learning experiences. Discover new online tools geared
toward collaborating and creating. Try out projects specifically designed
with these tools in mind. Create a positive and interesting online portfolio
to share with college recruiters and potential employers. Regardless of
without limits: How the rise of online instruction is changing the nature of
schooling by Christine Van Dusen, in eSchool News
- Zach Bonner is a smart kid, but he's a bit confused to hear that some
adults still assume students in online schools are somehow worse off and
spend all day chained to a computer, never learning to socialize in the real
world. Though he may be a full-time Florida fifth-grader whose
classwork is completed in his family's Valrico kitchen, less than a quarter
of his time is spent in front of a computer screen. More often Zach is doing
science experiments, taking field trips, bike-riding with friends from his
merging of literacy and technology in the 21st century: a bonus for gifted
education by Del Siegle, in
Gifted Child Today ($)
- Lists literacy skills related to technology, describes educational
activities that promote these skills, and discusses how those activities fit
gifted and talented students...
maestro: some of the best software begins with a blank screen by Del
Gifted Child Today ($)
- What makes an empty container so attractive? Creative possibilities.
Parents and educators can learn from the lesson of children at play with empty
boxes when selecting software. While a myriad of quality educational software
programs exist, some of the best programs resemble an empty box...
- Personal Computers Help
Gifted Students Work Smart (ERIC Digest #483) by Geoffrey Jones
- Gifted students are benefiting from increased use of computers because
their special needs are being met through informed use of technology
uses of the Internet to develop students' gifts and talents by Del
Gifted Child Today ($)
- Based on the four cornerstones of differentiation (process, product,
content, and learning environment), modifications to meet gifted and talented
students' educational needs can easily be made with the Internet. A higher
level of sophistication and a wider variety of processes are available to
gifted and talented students to gather and analyze information...
Children Under Some Conditions: TV and the High Potential Kid by Robert
Abelman, Cleveland State University
- The catastrophic impact of television on youth, as depicted in the popular
press, is equally fictitious. After all, being intellectually gifted places
children in both advantageous and detrimental positions in terms of how TV
is used, for what reasons, and to what effect. For some children, under some
conditions, some television is harmful. For other children under the same
conditions, or for the same children under other conditions, it may be
beneficial. There is little doubt, however, that for nearly all children
television has created a fundamental change in daily life... (requires Adobe Reader)
by to roll... (producing a video newsmagazine) by Dianne Prager and Cathy
Gifted Child Today ($)
- Increased use of technology-supported instruction has a number of positive
results: Students perceive that their work is authentic and important; they
deal more successfully with complexity; motivation and self-esteem are
enhanced; and collaboration between students and teachers surges...
for the Tech-Savvy Classroom by Diane Witt (grades 4-8) (or from Prufrock
- Each volume contains 24 stories that encourage divergent thinking to
explain. Students ask yes/no questions, and attempt to figure out the
"twist" that explains everything... (Ten volumes in the set)
and the unseen world of gifted students by Tracy Cross, in
Gifted Child Today ($)
- The social and emotional development of gifted students can be influenced
by many factors. Under the heading of experiences is students' use of
computers. This column will highlight some of the most common and some
of the least well-known uses of computers by gifted students...
empowers differentiated instruction by ,
- "Above all, DI [Differentiated Instruction] should be used to promote
21st-century skills, [including] digital-age literacy, inventive thinking,
effective communication, and high productivity. A mastery of these skills
will lead to student achievement." Technology is a great choice to
consider for DI, because it helps to personalize instruction, enhances
learning with multimedia components, can help students construct new
knowledge, and motivates students with their work...
Less Input and More "Innerput" by
- Do you have too much input and not enough "innerput?" Information is only
a tool; it's value lies in how we use it. And information has limited value,
either as input or output, without innerput. Only then can it morph
from simple data to knowledge and wisdom. And that only comes when
there is time for innerput; stopping in the middle of this flood of
information to think about, wrestle with, challenge, and build on the
Trend: Responsible Social Networking for Teens on
- Internet users are moving from mere consumers of information to producers
as well. Youth are among the first to adopt new technologies, and one of the
most popular online activities is social networking. Teaching good online
practices is part of parenting the online child. They may know more about
technology, but you know more about life. Resources and advice...
- Keyboard (nearly indestructible) for kids' use in school and at home.
It's light, simple, and connects easily to home or school PCs or printers.
Comes in several versions, Neo (which runs additional software, including
Neo version of Inspiration) and Dana (which runs Palm OS and other
palm-based accessory programs including a Palm version of Inspiration, and
has wireless capability)
Wireless Premium 12.0
Home version, by Nuance Communications
- Provides a whole new way to interact with a PC--using speech instead of a
keyboard and mouse--to help you work faster and more efficiently...
- Records audio and links it what you write. Missed something? Tap on your
notes or drawings with the tip of your Pulse smartpen to hear what was said
while you were writing. No Need to Lug the Laptop.
Inspiration (also from
Kidspiration (also from
- Powered by techniques of visual learning, software strengthens critical
thinking, comprehension and writing across the curriculum, in language arts,
science, social studies and anytime your students need to structure research
or other thought processes; or Kidspiration for grade K-5
- MacKichan (or from
- Mathematical word processing, with LaTeX typesetting. Full computer
algebra capabilities using natural mathematical notation, so it's easy to
use. Compute symbolically or numerically, integrate, differentiate,
and solve algebraic and differential equations. Great for dysgraphic
kids, to type their advanced mathematics. Student usage and free trial
- Brings the problem solving power of expert mathematicians to your
computer. Student Edition available...
- Software, converts printed documents or graphic based text into an
electronic text format using accurate optical character recognition and
Writer with Word Prediction
Wireless keyboard, PC and Mac compatible, with dictionary,
spell-checker, optional Word Prediction, and more! And less
expensive than the Alphasmart...
March 26, 2019