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Using Twitter in the Gifted Classroom

This week’s chat centered on the use of Twitter in the classroom and was joined by educators, homeschoolers and parents. Questions included how and if Twitter was currently being used in participants’ schools, ways to enhance curriculum and ways to connect students and teachers. A full transcript may be found here.


Twitter in the Classroom” from @venspired

60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom

Getting Started with Twitter in the Classroom

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

22 Effective Ways to Use Twitter In The Classroom (Using Bloom’s Taxonomy)

Twitter in the Classroom: Watch This Teacher Engage Shy Students in Learning History

Twitter in the Classroom (with video from Minneapolis P.S. Roosevelt High)

Turning Tweets into Narrative Tales

Tweet, Tweet, Go the Kindergartners

100 Ways to Use Twitter in Education, By Degree of Difficulty

35 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

The Twitter Spectrum for Educators

“I am twittering and blogging!”

Can Tweeting Help Your Teaching? (NEA)

Infusing Technology into the Classroom

“Inspiration in 140 Characters: Using Twitter as Your PLN”

From @Cybraryman1~ Twitter Page

“Beyond Curating and Sharing – How Cybraryman Teaches on Twitter”

“I Created A Class Twitter Account,  Now What?” 

“Our Class Twitter Norms” from Kristen Wideen

“Using Twitter in School” from Leslie Grave’s Livebinder

“An Educator’s Guide to Twitter” from Steven W. Anderson’s Livebinder

Additional Links (Thanks to Jerry Blumengarten @Cybraryman1):

“Twitter in Schools: A Getting Started Guide”

“Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom”

“How to Use Twitter in the Classroom Without Compromising Your Professional Relationship With Your Students”

“Twitter For Learning: 7 Ideas for Using Hashtags in the Classroom”

“12 Expert Twitter Tips for the Classroom”

“20 Ways High Schools Are Using Twitter in The Classroom”

“60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom”

“5 Reasons I Prefer Twitter over Facebook”

“The Power of Twitter Chats” (You Tube)

Supporting Exhausted Parents of Gifted Children

“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.”

~ Jerry Blumengarten

After insisting that ‘duct tape’ was not the answer, the moderator introduced the first question of this chat which involved considering why parents of gifted children are so exhausted. The responses were varied and not always expected. “They are often screaming into the wind trying to get assistance for the very child who is exhausting them at home.” “Because gifted and 2E kids do not have an off-switch – they are on full pace full intensity 24/7!””They’re often married to OTHER gifted people, which adds an entirely new layer to the whole dynamic.” “Even finding a sitter can be difficult!” The full transcript can be found on this blog.

Participants offered some strategies to help parents deal with the stress. “Just keep swimming. Find a tribe, read the books, have a plan A-Z.” “Cut yourself some slack. It’s not about being super parent.” “Do not rely on traditional parenting advice! Time outs and giving choices never worked for me!” “Don’t worry about the opinions of people who don’t live under your roof: friends, family, teachers, bosses, etc.”


Why Parenting a Gifted Child Is Lonely

Teaching Techniques for Inattentive and Overactive Children (Silverman)

Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities: Lost Treasures

Parenting Gifted Children

Probably 5 Challenges of Raising Gifted Children (That You Never Thought Of)

How to Recognize a Parent of a Gifted Child

Gifted Children: Where to Find Help

“I Don’t Brag About My Gifted Kid” from @laughingatchaos

“If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?” by @laughingatchaos via @GiftedHF

“Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children” from @GiftedHF

“Parenting a Gifted Child Is …” from @SENG_Gifted

A Parents’ Guide to Gifted Children (Webb, Gore, Amend, DeVries)

Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children (DeLisle)

Cybraryman’s Coping Strategies Page  

Books and Book Reviews from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Series

Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners

Giftedness 101 by Linda Silverman

Is Unschooling Right for Your Gifted Child?

A lively discussion was engaged in during this week’s chat. I’m hopeful that new light was shed on unschooling and the  philosophy behind it. Participants included people from 16 states and 7 countries proving that this was a topic with global appeal. Although we chatted about unschooling in general, we also discussed why unschooling and homeschooling are so attractive to parents of gifted children. Mika Gustavson of Gifted Matters described unschooling as “Child-led learning; life-relevant learning; relevant-to-the-child learning.” A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

Two announcements were made during gtchat this past week. First, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented will be powering our chat for the upcoming year. Many thanks to the folks at Texas Gifted, the Board of Directors and to J.J. Colburn, Executive Director for all they do and for their contribution to continuing the conversation within the global gifted community. Second, on June 7th at 7PM ET, #gtchat is pleased to welcome our first teen guest, Ms. Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, CEO of @OrigamiSalami1. We will spotlight Calista in an upcoming blog post!

Once again, #gtchat became a trending topic on Twitter. Our thanks to all the great contributors who attend chat each week and provide such a strong presence on Twitter. We couldn’t do it without you!


The Natural Child Project: What is Unschooling?

Four Reasons to Quit School and Become a Teenage Homeschooler

Thrive Right Now

The ‘Unschooling’ Movement: Good Parenting or UNparenting?

‘Unschooling’ Gaining Popularity, Allows Children Alternative Learning Tools

Extreme Homeschooling: No Tests, No Books, No Classes, No Curriculums

A New Chapter in Education: Unschooling

Unschooling 101

Unschooled: How One Kid Is Grateful He Stayed Home

“Shackles” of Structure Cast Off in Child-directed “Unschooling”

Unschooling or Homeschooling?

Socialization: A Great Reason Not to Go to School

The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling

Meet a Mother That’s ‘Unschooling’ Her Kids (video)

The Benefits of Unschooling: Report I from a Large Survey

Gifted and Talented Ireland

Cybraryman’s Passion-based Learning Page

I Hate School

Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page

Socratic Method

Cybraryman’s Socratic Seminar

Cybraryman’s Self-Directed Learning Page

Gifted Homeschooler Forum’s Unschooling Blog Hop

A Positive Vision of a Transformed Education

Cybraryman’s Questioning Techniques Page

Becoming a Lifelong Advocate

We started this chat by asking the question, “Who should advocate for gifted children?” and the list seemed limitless. Among those mentioned included parents, grandparents, educators, higher-ed faculty, superintendents, politicians, and policy-makers to name a few. As Corin Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, pointed out, “The thing is, advocating for a population isn’t just an education issue. It’s a humanity issue. Part of being civilized.” And Toby Brown added, “Like most things, we should model advocacy for all those who need support.” Experienced advocates already have a network which includes decision makers at the local, state level & beyond.

Global #gtchat then explored why people should advocate for gifted students beyond their/our own children’s school years? Many great responses were given. “Experienced advocates already have a network which includes decision makers at the local, state level & beyond.” “Lifelong advocates provide continuity in local gifted groups and state organizations.” A full transcript may be found here.

Special thanks for the many links added during chat by @Les Links (Leslie Graves), @cybraryman1 (Jerry Blumengarten) and @GiftedHF (Corin Goodwin).


Story of “Coppell Gifted Association”

Why We Should Advocate for Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted Advocacy from Hoagies Gifted Education Page

Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds (book)

How To Become an Educational Advocate from Hoagies Gifted Education Page

Using Public Relations Strategies to Advocate for Gifted Programming in Your School

Lifelong Advocacy: If Not You, Then Who?

Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Complete Parent’s Guide (book)

International Gifted Advocacy Organisations and Best Practice from Giftedkidsie

Gifted and Talented Advocacy Sites from Cybraryman

“Gifted Advocacy: What Not to Do”

Professionals’ Guild to Gifted and 2e Children

Advocacy and 21st Century Globalness

Self-Advocacy for Gifted Teens

Educational Advocacy for Gifted Students from Davidson Gifted

Profoundly and Exceptionally Gifted Youth: Advocacy

Needed: Parent Advocacy from Duke TIP

Parent Advocates: Creating Opportunities for Gifted Students from Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University 

Education Policy Primer for Homeschooling Families

How to Advocate for an Appropriate Education for Your Gifted Child

Livebinder from Leslie Graves on “Gifted Advocacy”

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