Monthly Archives: January 2013

Minor Technical Difficulties

Just a note to say that we have decided to pull this week’s #gtchat poll due to some issues with linking to other websites. Be assured that we will be discussing the top two picks in this week’s poll in the upcoming weeks. Join us Friday at 6PM CT/7PM ET/Midnight UK for #gtchat on Twitter. We look forward to chatting with you.

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New Online Courses at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

This past week, our special guest was Rebecca McMillan, Director of Online Education for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Next month, GHF Online will begin their second semester of online courses for gifted & gifted 2e students. Details on the classes offered can be found here. A transcript of the full chat can be found at Storify.

Chat participants came from 11 states and 4 countries with many new faces. Rebecca indicated that there were three new classes this term on mythology, critical thinking and poetry. She went on to explain how these classes are a sort of ‘anti-MOOC” – Massively Open Online Courses – “At GHF Online we’re looking to replicate those tiny intimate discussion seminars with passionate professors and motivated students . We want them [the students] to have a chance to engage with the instructor and each other in a safe, warm atmosphere.We take rich, meaty concepts & adapt them to younger students. We scale them to fit the students we have.”

GHF also revealed that there are plans to increase their offerings to include more STEM classes, webinars, and workshops for parents and professionals.

*** Did you know ~ Global #gtchat now has a Facebook Page! Take a look & then ‘Like’ us. ***

Links:

MOOCs’ from The Creativity Post

GHF Online

GHF: What’s New for 2013

GHF: Local Support 

GHF Online: Meet the Teachers

Global #gtchat ~ The Year Ahead

On Friday, January 4th, #gtchat had their first chat of 2013. The purpose of this chat was to crowd-source ideas for what people wanted to talk about in the new year. A transcript of the chat can be found here.

Questions posed during the chat included whether or not chat participants utilized the weekly poll on possible topics. The results were mixed with most people stating that they generally liked all the topics which made it difficult to vote. Additional questions asked what people want to chat about, who they would like to see as guests and did they think ‘adult giftedness’ was an appropriate subject for discussion. There appeared to be strong support for this last question.

A sampling of requested topics:

Twice-exceptional (2e) issues, book lists for gifted learners, emotional intensity, support for parents, curriculum and teaching strategies, building a gifted PLN, work/family/ personal balance, creativity, how to support gt in regular classroom, parents connecting, gifted marriage, neuroscience in education, asynchronous development, preteen/teens, homeschooling, misdiagnosis, global approaches to gifted education, gifted kids and dating, and relationships between gifted and non-gifted.

A sampling of requested guests:

Dr. Linda Silverman, Patty Gatto-Walden, Dan Peters, Susan Daniels, Lisa Van Gemert, Lisa Erickson, Joyce Juntune, Arne Duncan, Mika Gustavson, Pamela Price, Joy Davis, Rosina Gallagher, Jonathan L Wai, Scott Barry Kaufman, Carolyn Kottmeyer of Hoagies Gifted, Marcia Gentry and Edith Johnston.

It was announced that upcoming guests include Rebecca McMillan, Director of Online Education for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum; Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee, authors of the upcoming book, Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Create (GHF Press); Dr. Joy Lawson Davis, author of Bright, Talented & Black ; and Dr. George Betts, developer of the Autonomous Learners Model.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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