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A Look Back at 2013 and #gtchat

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2013 proved to be a tremendous year for ‘Global’ #gtchat. Chat participants joined us from over 30 countries and 46 states. Our blog was visited over 12,000 times from 95 countries. Our Facebook page now has over 430 Likes. None of which would have been possible without the tremendous support we receive from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented ~ the Board of Directors; J.J. Colburn, Executive Director; Tracy Weinberg, Associate Director and the entire Staff.

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In addition to the weekly chats, we held 4 Tweet-Ups and 3 LIVE chats this year: in Pittsburgh at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education; in Louisville for the biennial conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children; in Indianapolis at the annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children; and in Houston for the annual conference of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. It was a thrill to get to know in person so many of the folks we chat with each week!

Behind the scenes with Lisa Van Gemert, Dr. Brian Housand and Erik Schwinger waiting for #gtchat to start.

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We are extremely happy about the many gifted organizations who have provided #gtchat with guests, retweets, interviews, promotion and words of encouragement. We want to thank Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, GT Voice (UK), IEA Gifted, SENG, Hoagies Gifted, Byrdseed Gifted, American Mensa, ESSDACK, Davidson’s Young Scholars, Venspired, GiftedNZ (New Zealand), Ingennios (Mexico), Gifted Resources Inc. (Australia), NAGC, WCGTC, European Council for High Ability (EU) and the Vietnam Association for Talent Development. Thank you also to our many guests who took the time to chat with us!

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Plans are already being made to continue these successes in the New Year with exciting new guests both from within and outside the gifted community, joint chats with other educational chats on Twitter, and expansion of our presence on Twitter to include new formats to increase involvement of those not yet involved in chats.        (At left, Tweet-Up, Houston)

Join #gtchat on Friday, January 3rd at 7PM ET/6PM CT/Midnight UK/4th 11AM Australia (ET) to discuss what you would like to see in the coming year!

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TweetUp Louisville!

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During the 20th Biennial Conference of the World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children in Louisville, KY, #gtchat and friends held a TweetUp to bring together those attending the conference who had met through #gtchat on Twitter.

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By any measure, it was a success! Guests came from the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, the UK and Vietnam. They represented the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, the NAGC, American Mensa, Potential Plus K, the Vietnam Association for Talent Development and Human Resources, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, #coffeechug PLN, SENG, AHA Learners, giftednz, IEA Gifted, Ingennios, Hoagies Gifted, ESSDACK and Great Potential Press. The gathering was only limited by space!

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In fact, a second impromptu gathering occurred the following evening that added guests from Ireland and Australia (via Skype) who represented Gifted Resources and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.

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What happens when you fill a room with gifted adults? Rich and engaging conversations, laughter, memorable stories, formation of intellectual bonds … a profound sense of the future and ‘what next’.

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There will be two more TweetUps this year at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Gifted Children in Indianapolis in November and at the Annual Conference for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented in Houston in December. If you would be interested in joining us, please DM @gtchatmod on Twitter or email me at gtchatmod@gmail.com for details as they become available.

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