Using Technology to Engage GT Students
Technology can be an excellent way to engage gifted students. They can use the Internet to link to more “knowledgeable peers and experts” and collaborate on projects. Online connections can assist GT students to locate mentors who can scaffold their learning.
Tech tools can help teachers differentiate for a wider range of abilities with increasingly sophisticated programs. Technology can provide platforms for students to advance at their own pace; utilize distance learning; and engage in independent study.
Research shows that gifted and talented students use tech to do creative and social learning activities in the classroom. Teachers can look for small changes in student engagement; this will impact student achievement. If you notice attendance is up and students want to be in your classroom, it may be because they can use tech to demonstrate proficiency.
How can technology help 2E students (i.e., Asperger’s/EFD) be more engaged in school? Many twice-exceptional (2E) kids respond well to computer programming that eliminates emotion in instruction and provides patience in interactions. Also, they can use smartphones and tablets to organize schedules and assignments.
Parents can support the use of technology in their child’s school. A student’s technology-rich life outside of the classroom can serve to support learning that goes on at school (Siegle, 2004). Students who do not have access to computers outside of school may fall behind academically (Neuman & Celano, 2006).
Check out the links below to see what technology was most liked by chat participants. A transcript of this chat can be found 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 1 PM NZST/11 AM AEST/1 AM 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Strategies for the Tech-Savvy Classroom (Prufrock Press)
Explore the Garden (Edufest 2017)
Tech Tools & Resources to Whet Your Appetite (Slideshare)
iPiccy: Leveraging Thought Bubbles to Differentiate Learning (YouTube 5:21)
Shazam: Writing techniques using technology (YouTube 1:05:03)
Using Word Clouds 21st Century Gifted Students (YouTube 55:45)
Learning Ally (2E)
Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad
Posted on October 17, 2017, in Differentiation, Education, gifted and talented, gifted education, Technology and tagged education, engage, gifted and talented, gtchat, TAGT, Twice-Exceptional, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.