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Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum
This is a collection of resources on how to challenge and enhance gifted and talented students within the technology curriculum.
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Digital Differentiation Tools for Teachers ~ Ed...

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Digital Differentiation Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Digital Technologies for Teachers and Career Practitioners curated by Dr Peter Carey (RT@LearningLava: Digital Differentiation Tools for Teachers ~ Educational...

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This is great!! Digital differentiation is a fairly new concept for most educators. Differentiation exists in all classrooms and is a key thing for not only catering for G & T learners but all types of learners.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:18 AM

This will come in handy.

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Talented teens design smoothies | Eat Healthy Whole Foods- Daily

Talented teens design smoothies | Eat Healthy Whole Foods- Daily | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it
Gifted and talented pupils at Rossington All Saints School have designed their own smoothies as part of a project centred on exploring nutrition. The teenagers (Talented teens design smoothies - Gifted and talented pupils at...

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Center for Talent Development :: Display Article

Center for Talent Development :: Display Article | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it
Center for Talent Development (CTD), housed at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, is an accredited learning center and research facility that identifies, educates and supports gifted students and their families and serves...
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This is such a great interview, giving insight to questions that may be thought and not really asked.
Why are so many gifted and talented students attracted to technology?
How is technology being used to enhance gifted students’ education? Can you share an example of what today’s technology enables students to do that would not have been possible 10 years.

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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it
  via Edudemic Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a l...

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This article provides links to many useful links and resources which can be used when planning and accommodating for gifted and talented students. It includes tips for social learning, general learning, lesson planning and lesson tools.

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Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, March 30, 2013 11:37 AM

Good links

David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 1, 2013 9:46 AM

And while you're on the site, subscribe to the Committed Sardine Blog.

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9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing

9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it

9 OUTSTANDING APPS TO TEACH CREATIVE WRITING


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A great way to further enhance not only G & T but all students

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Angela Tynes's curator insight, March 24, 2014 2:39 PM

Let's check out these creative writing apps!

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Gifted Students Have 'Special Needs,' Too - The Atlantic

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Gifted Students Have 'Special Needs,' Too
The Atlantic
For many years, Washington's only sign of interest in this portion of the K-12 universe was the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program.

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Vrinda Boodram's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:01 AM

My first reaction and question to this article is: what defines an “elitist” student? If the answer is IQ testing, which is based on a presumptuous and invalidated system of measuring ones intelligence, or standardized tests which contain cultural biases, then I disagree wholeheartedly. I will however, argue in favor of the fact that each child has a special ability which makes him/her unique. For some children they may excel in academics, but may need support in other developmental areas. It is therefore fair to claim that these students have “needs” too.

 

So now the solution: Perhaps my optimistic view is based on lack of on-going teaching experience. But as a future educator, I see a simplistic solution being to ammend the curriculum as a whole. This would entail altering it such a way to include additional and challenging activities related to the same content areas, but that aid in other developmental areas including social, moral and emotional skills. Is tweaking the system set in place, in a way to stimulate creativity, rather than remain focused solely on academics of these overachievers, not enough? Enriching the content in lieu of labeling these students appears to be a viable option.

 

From where I’m standing, this change must start from the top, i.e. - the administrators who hover over the education system. Doing what it takes to demonstrate the benefits of enhancing the curriculum with practical strategy application activities through mediums apart from the standard paper and pencil, would be beneficial to these “gifted” students, and will ensure that they reach their full potential. 

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The Tournament of Minds (ToM) is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years
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 This is a fantastic programme for gifted and talented students to challenge and enhance their abilities. Students are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

Applied Technology
Language Literature
Maths Engineering
Social Sciences

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Teaching with Games: GLPC Case Study: Joel

Joel Levin, a school technology integrator, works with second graders at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City. Through his use of Minecra...
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This clip discusses how gaming and teaching through gaming can cater for students of all levels of ability as well as self-directed learning, collaboration between students, and positive social interactions when structured correctly.

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Teachers Ultimate Digital Kit 30+ Great Educational Technology Guides ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Ultimate Digital Kit 30+ Great Educational Technology Guides ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it
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This site contains some valuable guides for teacher looking to incorporate technologies into their classroom and teaching. Some of these can be used to create lessons or extension work to challenge and cater for gifted and talented students

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Connected Classrooms Program technologies increase opportunities for gifted and talented students

This is a video of how gifted and talented students from different school locations are able to learn together using interactive whiteboards, video conferenc...
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Through the Connected Classrooms Program, various technologies are used together to allow G and T students to attend selective high school classes without having to move from rural Australia (N.S.W in this instance)

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Teaching Tree - resources for computer science teachers/students

TeachingTree is an open platform that lets anybody organize educational content. Our goal is for students to quickly access the exact clips they need in order to learn individual concepts.

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Maths Zone < Mathszone - Maths Games for Learning

Maths Zone < Mathszone - Maths Games for Learning | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it
interactive primary maths resources for education
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This site provides a wide variety of mathematics games to challenge students thinking and build conceptual understanding.

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The 7 Characteristics of Teachers Who Use Technology Effectively ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 7 Characteristics of Teachers Who Use Technology Effectively ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it

"I just came across this awesome graphic shared by our colleagues in teachthought and I found it really interesting. The graphic  features 7 habits of the highly effective teachers using technology. Even though the habits mentioned are generic , they still  reflect part of the digital behavior teacher should embrace when using technology in their class"


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This would be a great graphic to have in your classroom or computer lab. Even though this is aimed at teachers, these 7 habits could be instilled into your students, making them look at technology from a different perspective.

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Kimberly (Pope) Kindred's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:35 PM

Lets work on embracing tech! Great 7 steps to get started.

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30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers

30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it
Consistency means that you do what you say you will do, you don't change your rules based on your mood, and your students can rely on you when they are in need. Teachers who are stuck in their outdated methods may ...

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We as teachers play a vital role in the education of our students. This article outlines 25 qualities of highly effective teachers. By incorporating or considering these when teaching will help you to bring the best out of your students, even pushing them further than they believe they can go.

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AJET 14(1) McLoughlin and Oliver (1998) - gifted and talented students and technology supported distance teaching

McLoughlin, C. and Oliver, R. (1998). Meeting the needs of gifted and talented students through technology supported distance teaching
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A Great Free App to Create Educational Games on iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Free App to Create Educational Games on iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it
RT @ariesfur: A Great Free App to Create Educational Games on iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/t6LzWIcAyL) via @medkh9

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This is a great app for creating a game/s that you design to suit the needs of your students. You could even use this to further G & T students to create their own game.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 17, 2013 10:45 AM

Tiny Tap! Great idea. 

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My view: Ten myths about gifted students and programs for gifted - CNN (blog)

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My view: Ten myths about gifted students and programs for giftedCNN (blog)Beyond that definition, there are no specific national criteria for identifying gifted and talented students nor does federal law provide funding or mandates for...


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This is a great read and identifies the top 10 myths about gifted education and gifted students. A real eye-opener.

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Vrinda Boodram's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:44 PM

I appreciate the effort to examine myths regarding “gifted” students. There is undeniably a barrage of varying opinions about how to meet the needs of these special children. Without a foundational definition of what “gifted” truly means however, the term will continue to be ferociously attacked or fought in favor of.


As the article denotes, one size fits all does not work within education. Therefore, programs catered to the “gifted” student, or those catered to the struggling student exist. Both are intended to aid the child by providing either challenging coursework, or additional assistance. Unfortunately, there are a plethora of flaws within these programs – which result in the myths mentioned. Many times it can be argued that students within gifted programs are overachievers than they are gifted. Do they really belong in the program? Speaking from personal experience, I believe that I was placed into GT programs not necessarily because I was "gifted" but because I had parental support pushing me to overachieve. In retrospect, I am not clearly able to differentiate which part of my education was due to my alleged giftedness and which part was due to my overachieving tendencies. On the reverse, some “gifted” students are put into special classrooms because they have ranked highly on a test, but once within the program show no developmental progress socially or behaviorally. Do they belong in the program? This is the case with one particular student in the classroom in which I am interning. Statiscally, he scored high enough to be placed in the gifted program, but spends most of his days in the principals office due to behavioral issues. This goes back to the only constant: there is no concrete definition of what defines a gifted student or how a gifted program should be structured.


Being that the term “gifted” will most likely never be defined, the best approach appears to be to define the “gifted” program. Whatever district you live in, ensure that the program is challenging for the children, in every facet of the word. Students should be encouraged and engaged, and checked for academic, behavioral, and social progress, characteristics that will aid in a person’s overall growth. To define the program as one that is intended to enhance the development of a high performing student, is different than titling a child as gifted or nongifted. Children need to be stimulated when learning, and if that is the reason for the existence of the term “gifted” and the need for gifted programs, then I hope for its continuance, progress, and success.

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Exquisite Minds: Gifted and Creative Children

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Exquisite Minds offers free support and gifted resources to parents and educators who want to challenge gifted and creative children to find new and constructive ways to look at the world.

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An amazing collection of resources (hints, tips, games, teaching resources/strategies etc.) for teacher, parents, and students.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create a Text Message Exchange Between Fictional Characters

Free Technology for Teachers: Create a Text Message Exchange Between Fictional Characters | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it

"The ever clever Russel Tarr has developed a new neat tool for creating fictional text message exchanges between fictional and or historical characters. The Classtools SMS Generator is free to use and does not require students to log-in. To use the SMS Generator just click the left speech bubble icon and enter a message. Then to create a reply just click the right speech bubble icon and enter a new message. You can make the exchange as long as you like. To share the conversation click the sprocket icon and grab the embed code, direct link, or QR code for the exchange. "


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This app would be a great extension activity for gifted and talented students in an english text study. As part of a text/novel analysis, students could be asked to create dialogue of what was said between 2 characters during a situation where speech is implied and not actually said.

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Jacq's comment, March 11, 2013 2:02 PM
nice idea
Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, March 11, 2013 4:52 PM

I like the way you can embed the conversation into your wiki or blog, password protect it and continue to add to the conversation.

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, March 11, 2013 7:14 PM

Great idea for biography compare and contrast.  This would have worked with that heroes of the 21st century project!

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The role of technology in gifted and talented education - live chat

The role of technology in gifted and talented education - live chat | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it
Join us to explore how digital learning can engage and inspire gifted and talented students in a live chat on Tuesday 22 January, 6pm to 8pm
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This article looks at the importance of differentiation in gifted and talented education and education technology and how they are connected.

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Gifted and talented education: using technology to engage students

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From technology's potential for personalised learning to access restrictions for disadvantaged students, catch up on all the expert advice shared in our live chat on gifted and talented education
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Do gifted and talented pupils need gifted and talented teachers? This article looks at how technology allows students to explore and are more capable of self-directed learning wherever their environment allows them access to multiple bodies of knowledge.

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I AM GIFTED

This is a video I made while I was teaching a program for students who were identified as being gifted. At the time, I couldn't find any audio-visual resourc...
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This clip describes the characteristics for children/students that are gifted and talented. This would be great to use as an introduction clip when teaching a class or small groups of students relating to this.

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50 Of The Best Resources For iPads In Education - Teachers With Apps

50 Of The Best Resources For iPads In Education - Teachers With Apps | Enhancing Gifted and Talented Students within the Technology Curriculum | Scoop.it
This post is about tech, 50 of the best resources for Ipads in Education, used different ways involving iPads and education in and out of classroom.
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These resources are for teachers and students across a variety of curriculum strands. As iPads are becoming more popular within the classrooms these will be very useful.

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