Can Blended Learning Benefit Gifted Students?


In education today, it seems like there is a new type of way to learn every month or so! Blended learning is exactly what it states; a blend of different approaches to teaching and learning that brings together face-to-face teacher directed instruction and online learning options. It seeks an optimal integration of traditional teaching and elearning that is instructor or student led.

When considering if blended learning works better at the elementary or secondary level, the reality of this type of learning seems to be more dependent on the student than on educational level. For schools, it is usually more prevalent at the secondary level; but gifted kids can benefit at elementary level.

Blended learning resources can be found at Twitter chats and through online resources. It is also the subject of many recently published books (see links below).

Blended learning can allow students to choose what they want to study. It opens up opportunities for students to follow their passions even when local resources are scarce. It also appeals to the unique interests of many gifted students that traditional schools cannot accommodate.

What should parents know about blended learning? It is an option that does not require a lot of financial resources for school, but more of an open mind to change; and can be good for gifted students who’s needs aren’t currently being met in traditional classrooms. Blended learning can combine many different types of learning and more effectively meet their child’s needs. To learn more, you can view the transcript of this chat at Storify.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Tuesdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Wednesdays at 14.00 NZST/12.00 AEST/1.00 UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered        by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Teaching Students to be Innovative through Blended Learning

K-12 Blended Learning Research Synthesis

Blended Learning in K-12 (Wikibooks)

Blended Learning (Wiki)

Listen and Learn: Defining Blended Learning (YouTube 7:03)

Tips from the Pros: Making an Enriched Virtual Program Work for Your Students

Blended Learning: Building Student Strengths with the Right Mix

Here’s How We Can Reinvent the Classroom for the Digital Age

What Effective Blended Learning Looks Like

Chase Middle School Teacher Helps to Pilot Blended Learning Model

Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change (Amazon)

How is Designing Modern Blended Learning Different? Hint: Creativity

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance (Amazon)

Why Do Students Choose Blended and Online Schools?

Blended Learning: Creating an Individualized Learning Experience for Students

Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning

Letting Students Study What They Want, When They Want is the Latest Education Trend 

The Basics of Blended Learning (YouTube 5:50)

University of Texas – Austin UT High School District and School Partnerships

Cybraryman’s Blended Learning Page

The Station Rotation Model

What Blended Learning Means for Teachers

University of Texas – Austin UT High School G/T Professional Development

What Is Blended Learning?

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.  CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

Posted on January 24, 2017, in gifted and talented. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: