Monthly Archives: February 2014


The topic of Makerspaces was a fairly new concept for many attending this chat although the idea has been gathering ‘STEAM’ for several years. A big thank you to all those who contributed links. Hopefully, you will find what you’re looking for below. A full transcript of the chat can be found here.

Makerspaces are known by a variety of names including Hackerspaces, Fab Labs, and Maker Faire. Although the definition of a makerspace is generally a technology-based extension of DIY culture which can include such things as 3D printers, robotics, microprocessors, “smart” materials, and programming languages; it was also acknowledged that practically any space used for making things could qualify as one. It was agreed that they are here to stay and definitely of interest to gifted children who are creative.

STEAMmaker logoSTEAMmaker Camp from ESSDACK


Makerspaces – The Future of Education TEDx Luxembourg (YouTube 4:34)

What is a Makerspace? Creativity in the Library

Hackerspace (Wikipedia)

A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources

From Stacks to Hacks: Makerspaces & Librarybox

The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption

Library as Makerspace: Creating and Nurturing Communities of Teen Writers

Making Things in Academic Libraries

Makerspace Directory 

Maker Community Groups 

Hacker Spaces Directory 

7 Things You Should Know about Makerspaces

Is It a Hackerspace, Makerspace, Techshop or FabLab?

Designing a School Makerspace from @edutopia

Make Space: The Book (Website)

There’s a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers with Apps

The Maker Movement Believes In ‘Kid Power’

The Maker Movement Can Give Students ‘A Story to Tell’

6th Graders Planning a Model of the London Eye w/ K’nex (via Vine)

A Movement in the Making

Makeathon @ University of Michigan

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains?

Makerspaces – #MakerEd Page from @cybraryman1

What Is the Maker Movement and Why Should You Care?

You Can Make What You Imagine: Hsing Wei for TEDx (YouTube 7:42)

How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education

24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning

Making a Makerspace: The Physical Space is (Relatively) Finished!

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started

Commentary: How to Get a Job at Google

B.O.S.S. HQ Is Now Open for Business

Three Column Network

World Maker Faire New York 2013

STEAMmaker Camp from ESSDACK

Make (Pinterest Board) from Terri Eichholtz

Makerspace Playbook (pdf)

Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families (book – Amazon)

Sometimes We Just Need to Throw Out The Instructions

How to Make a Mini Maker Space for Mini Makers

21 Incredible Maker Ed Kits for Learning

Invent to Learn (book)

Design Squad Nation from PBS Kids

Built by Kids

DIY Earn Skills Become a Maker

Life Skills for Gifted Students

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Life skills is not a topic usually associated with gifted learners, but participants at this chat challenged that notion. It was determined that gifted kids absolutely need to learn these skills. A full transcript can be found here.

Life skills are basic human skills needed to succeed in life. They involve interpersonal, personal and cognitive abilities. Life skills are also known in some places as Social Emotional Learning. Too often this need is overlooked by educators/parents simply because it’s assumed gifted learners don’t need to learn them. Gifted learners often act as powerful change-agents in our society once given the necessary information, skills and inspiration.

Interpersonal skills include communication skills, group dynamics & leadership skills – all are important for gifted learners. Affective skills are learning to deal with their inner feelings and to draw on them to guide one’s behavior. They skills help us manage emotions and experience personal growth.

We also discussed how can parents help their gifted children to gain skills necessary to be successful in life. The moderator reminded everyone that parents must possess the necessary skills in order to teach them.


A Gifted Program for Intellectually Gifted Students Grades 2 – 8

How Parents Can Put to Use Scores from the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

Family Life Skills from Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Life Skills from Unicef

Someone Taught Steve Jobs How to Use a Hammer

An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills

Character and Ethics Education from Cybraryman

Late, Lost, and Unprepared : A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning (book)

Late Lost Unprepared

That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life (book)

Crumpled Paper

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential (book)

Smart but Scattered

Mentoring Gifted Learners

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At this week’s chat, we discussed the benefits of mentoring gifted learners, where to look for mentors and how to set up a mentoring program. It was agreed that mentoring in general is good for gifted learners including peer to peer mentorships. A full transcript may be found here.


Mentor Relationships and Gifted Learners (1990)

Mentoring the Gifted

Mentoring: An Educational Alternative for Gifted Students

UConn Mentor Connection: A Real-World Experience! July 6 – 25, 2014

Finding a Mentor for your Gifted Child

Extending Learning Through Mentorships (pdf) 

Mentoring of Gifted or High-Potential (Victoria, Aus)

ASPIRE High School Mentoring Program at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

UK: University of Hertfordshire Gifted & Talented eMentoring 

Connecting Gifted Students to Highly Successful Peers from PrufrockPress

Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education Mentoring Scheme 2013/2014

Mentor for the Highly Gifted Handbook (pdf)

Mentoring the Gifted from

NZ: The Good Ship Mentor (website)

Mentorships A Guide Book (pdf)

AUS: Setting Up a Mentoring Program (pdf)

The Virtual Scientist Guest Lecture Series

The Value of a Mentor from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Irving ISD “Gifted & Talented Independent Study Mentorship Presentation” (video)

University of Melbourne: Visions ~ Mentoring Giftedness (video)

“Wilson White Speaks about Internships & Mentorship” (video) 

Special Guest: Dr. Dan Peters

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Our special guest this week was Dr. Dan Peters, licensed psychologist, co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, with special emphasis on gifted, talented, and creative individuals and families. He is the author of “Make Your Worrier a Warrior A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears” and the companion book for the child, “From Worrier to Warrior A Guide to Conquering Your Fears”.

Worrier to Warrior Books

Some of the topics covered included what behaviors parents/teachers should look for in a child if they suspect anxiety, what  you should do if your child does not want to be helped,  what characteristics of gifted/2e make them susceptible to anxiety and behavioral interventions parents/adults can use to combat anxiety. A full transcript can be found here.


Senginar: ‘How to Help Your Gifted/2e Child Conquer Fear’ 3/18 from @SENG_Gifted w/ @drdanpeters

Make Your Worrier a Warrior (book)

Dr. Dan Peter’s Bio  

Common Misdiagnosis in Gifted Kids” by Dr. Dan Peters

Monitoring Anxiety in Your Gifted Child” by Dr. Dan Peters

Does Your Child Know the Worry Monster?” by Dr. Dan Peters

From Worrier to Warrior’ with Dr. Dan Peters on Blog Talk Radio for TheCoffeeKlatch

10 Steps for Parents & Kids to Tame the Worry Monster” by Dr. Dan Peters

Worries & Sensory Processing Disorder” (book review)

Interview with Dr. Dan Peters on The Mark Daniels Show (Vimeo)

Dr. Dan Peters’ Website

Dr. Dan Peters Co-Founder of the Summit Center

Managing Anxiety in Gifted Children” by Dr. Dan Peters

Thankful for Two New Sensory Tools: The Worrier to Warrior Books

C ybraryman’s Yoga Page

Cybraryman’s Programming Page

Tres Columnae‘s Website

What is Catastrophizing?

Dr. Peters on Facebook

Dr. Peters at Psychology Today

Dr. Peters at Huffington Post 

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