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Benefits of Online Learning for Gifted/2e

Our guest this week was Madeline Goodwin, of Exceeds Expectations Learning – 2EL. Our chat centered on the benefits of online learning for gifted and 2e (twice-exceptional) students.

Online learning for gifted students can be a way for these students to study with intellectual peers despite geographical barriers or lack of peers in local area. It has numerous benefits for 2e students who may struggle socially or emotionally to work or study in a regular classroom. The benefit of smaller classes and more individualized learning shouldn’t be overlooked.

Parents should take time to research whether their child would benefit from online learning. Participating in a free online class such as Khan Academy or similar program allows the student to experience online participation. Consideration should be given to the academic needs of the student and what classes are available. Also, it’s important to determine if classes fit in with long-range goals or may simply be taken for enrichment or a student’s passion. A student’s schedule should also be considered; does the student have time to take online classes?

What is the time commitment to take an online course? It is usually based on the program being taken. It may follow a semester format or calendar format. Online courses have evolved over time to include online live sessions, opportunities for  study sessions, and ability to meet other students from all over the world.

Online learning is excellent for public, private or homeschool students to work in areas of interests not available to them otherwise. They can be extremely cost-effective for both schools and families.

Resources can be provided to help students connect with other students. Many online classes provide times for online chat sessions for students to meet, ask questions, and study together. GT students work well with intellectual peers, but often don’t have contact with them in real life. When possible and appropriate, students may want to schedule time to meet outside of class or even facetime with classmates or instructors.

Take time to make sure a student wants to engage in online classes and has the requisite skills to complete tasks, stay focused, and time to commit to online learning. Before starting an online class, seriously plan for what to do if things don’t work out. Devise a plan B just in case and hopefully it will never be needed. Parents should be prepared to provide a strong family support system to ensure a successful outcome for their child. We encourage you to read the  transcript of this chat for additional information which may be found at Wakelet.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at 2PM NZST/Noon 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 Wakelet. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa 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:


Distance Learning Programs

Distance Education: Where It Started and Where It Stands for Gifted Children and Their Educators (pdf)

Online learning: A Smart Way to Nurture Gifted Kids

For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities

Virtual Schools and Online Learning for K-12 Students is not a Trend or a Fad

Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services (Prufrock)

Online Learning for Gifted Students: An Idea Whose Time has Come

Is Your Gifted Child Ready for Online Learning?

Meeting the Challenges of Working with Gifted Students (pdf)

Distance Learning for Gifted Students: Outcomes for Elementary, Middle, and High School Aged Students (pdf)

Beyond the Classroom Walls: Teachers’ and Students’ Perspectives on How Online Learning Can Meet the Needs of Gifted Students (pdf)

“Just What I Need”: Gifted Students’ Perceptions of One Online Learning System (pdf)

Examining the Effectiveness of Using Web-based Learning for Gifted Students: Jordan as Case Study

Science, Creativity and the Real World: Lessons Learned from the U.S. Homeschool Community

Cybraryman’s Blended Learning Page

Cybraryman’s Google Hangout Page

Cybraryman’s Skype Page

Cybraryman’s MOOC Page

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Photo courtesy of Madeline Goodwin and graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

Happy 10th Anniversary Gifted Homeschoolers Forum!

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In honor of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum’s 10th Anniversary, Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT hosted a special chat with Executive Director, Corin Goodwin. Over the past 3 years, GHF and #gtchat have worked together to move the conversation forward in support of gifted and twice-exceptional children and their education.

Corin Goodwin

Corin Goodwin

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum was born out of frustration at the lack of resources available to homeschoolers that covered both giftedness and homeschooling. Since then, GHF has become a premier source of information for parents and professionals interested in the education of gifted children within both the homeschool and gifted communities and beyond.

In answer to our question as to why so many families of gifted children are turning to homeschooling, Corin pointed out that it really is a new mindset about how we educate children. “A lot of families don’t JUST homeschool or regular school. They have multiple kids and needs; and they go back and forth or do both. We’ve grown to where one of our new tag lines is GHF: Changing the way the world views education. There are as many ways to educate a child as there are children.”

An important facet of GHF is the sense of community it provides to parents; the idea that they are not alone and don’t need to reinvent the wheel when embarking on the journey to provide their child with an education that meets both their academic as well as  social-emotional needs. There are regional contacts, GHF Ambassadors, a bloggers’ group, an email group, online classes from GHF Online, a book series from GHF Press and much more (see links below). They have made homeschooling a relevant and consequential option for many who are seeking an alternative to traditional schooling.

What does the future hold for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Corin gave us a sneak peak: a speakers forum, webinars, and special events. They are working on a new brochure entitled ‘Gifted Cubed’ about gifted, twice-exceptional students from minority populations. New books titles are expected out soon from several well-respected bloggers in the gifted community. Also in the works, a new line of books using GHF Online curricula. You can read the full transcript of this chat here.

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Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZ/11 AM AEDT 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 Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About 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:



Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Website

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Facebook Page

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum on Twitter

GHF Press

GHF Online

About Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Parent Resources from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Membership Options at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

GHF Professionals

Twice-Exceptional Resources from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Homeschooling Resources from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Gifted Resources from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

GHF Brochures

GHF Blog Hops

GHF Ambassadors

Local & Regional Support at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Gifted & Homeschool Friendly Professionals from GHF

GHF Board of Directors

About Gifted Homeschoolers Forum with Corin Goodwin from Sparkling Kids

Homeschooling the Gifted or 2e Child” by Corin Goodwin & Mika Gustavson

GHF Institutional Members

An Interview with Madeline Goodwin

Madeline Goodwin

This week on Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT, we will be chatting with Madeline Goodwin about the positive aspects of radical acceleration and early college entrance. She is the daughter of Corin Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and recently completed her undergraduate studies at Southern Oregon University cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Biology at the age of 17. Madeline took time out of her busy schedule to answer questions for this interview prior to the chat.

Moderator: What was it like to be on a college campus with much older students?

Madeline: Weird, but not as much as one might expect. I’ve always been more inclined to spend time with people older than myself, and college gave me the chance to meet people who shared my interests and level of maturity. Some students resented me for being in college so young, and some professors disliked me for the same reason. I certainly stood out as being young, particularly in the first few years. As I grew older, I blended in more and people became friendlier to me, so my age didn’t matter as much – to them or to me. Developmentally I’m several different ages at once, so I tend to think of myself as “ageless,” although it never stopped being awkward when my classmates were discussing beer around me!

Moderator: You were quite young when you started college. What opportunities were afforded you during your undergraduate years?

Madeline: Most of my experiences were made possible due to my family; my mom and step-dad drove me back and forth to campus (an hour each way) several days a week for five years, and my brother got hauled along. Apart from classes, I did a few internships, and a lot of volunteering, including helping found a local climate action organization. My professors were wonderful and engaging, too. Possibly the people I must thank the most, though, are the baristas at Starbucks for keeping me awake in early-morning classes. 🙂

Moderator: What extracurricular activities did you enjoy?

Madeline: I’ve always been an introvert, but I was involved with the campus Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center and did a lot of climate change outreach, including organizing and participating in events and giving talks on the issue. Towards the end I also participated in events by LGBTQ activist groups.

Moderator: What are some things that you are passionate about?

Madeline: My main interests are climate change, biodiversity, pollution… the environment in general. I’m also involved with social justice issues; especially LGBTQ, women’s rights and human welfare. I love teaching and I care about education; I spend a lot of time reading and writing. Animal welfare is of particular concern, although I’ve come to accept that I can’t fix everything – at least, not all at once.

Moderator: What would you say to parents/teachers who worry about social implications of radical acceleration? e.g., missing proms, exposure to older students, etc.

Madeline: I didn’t feel like it was a big deal. I did actually go to an alternative prom and I still have friends my age from when I was much younger. Besides, there are other (in my opinion, better) ways to meet kids in your age group besides sticking them together in a classroom. It is a bit more difficult to make friends because you are set apart from both your age peers and your academic peers, but I’ve found that the people who care about that are typically not people I would be drawn to spend time with anyway. Exposure to older students isn’t so different from exposure to age peers; it depends on who they hang out with. If they hang out with a bad group, they will be exposed to more bad influences. If they have a good choice in friends, then they will have more positive influences.

Moderator: What are your plans for the future? Short-term and long-term?

Madeline: I’m starting a graduate program in the fall, so I’d like to get my Master’s degree in the next few years. After that, I’m thinking about joining the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps. At some point I want to get my Ph.D.; I’m particularly interested in U.C. Berkeley’s Environmental Science, Policy, and Management program. I would like to get involved in U.S. environmental policy, so I hope to run for public office or work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I love teaching and science education in particular, so I plan to get a teaching certificate and teach science in poorer areas. A life goal of mine is to travel to central Africa, and do field research and policy work in the countries of the Congo Basin – especially the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – because I find that region absolutely fascinating. All my research papers for school have been on the DRC. Other than that, I’ll probably write a book one day. Not sure what order all this will happen in, after my Ph.D.  I’m sure life will throw me a curveball and I may end up doing something totally different. That’s what makes life interesting: you can never predict where it will lead you!

Thanks, Madeline, for taking the time to talk to us today. We look forward to your guest appearance on Global #gtchat this week on Friday, July 11th, at 7/6 C and 4 PM PT to discuss the fact that radical acceleration, as shown by your personal experiences, can have extremely positive outcomes and be personally beneficial to students in your position. Hopefully, we can allay some fears of parents and counter myths about early college entrance for gifted students.

Questions for this chat will be posted on our Facebook Page prior to the chat.

gtchat thumbnail logoGlobal #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZ/11 AM AEDT 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 Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered byTAGT 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:

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children

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The Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children is a new brochure from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Our guests for this chat included Corin Goodwin, Executive Director of GHF; Mika Gustavson, MFT, Director of GHF Professionals; and Marlow Schmauder, on behalf of GHF. When asked why GHF decided to write about this topic, they explained that they wanted a tool to help parents begin a conversation about their gifted kid with other adults. They added that many good teachers are still confused by the social and emotional needs and the difference between gifted & high achieving students. The brochure is free and can be downloaded here. A full transcript of the chat can be found here.

There will be no #gtchat next week. Our next chat will be Friday, May 10th @7PM EDT/6PM CDT and our topic will be “The Misdiagnosis Initiative” from @SENG_Gifted. Follow @gtchatmod on Twitter for all the latest information on #gtchat. Our Facebook Page can be found here.


Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children 

Education Alternatives from GHF

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum on Facebook

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Email Discussion Group 

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Professionals Email Community

Twice-Exceptional Resources at GHF

Twice-Exceptional Articles by Topic at GHF

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