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Online Learning: 3 Approaches for Gifted/2E

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When three stars join together, their light shines brightly and that is certainly what happened when Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, Online G3 and Mr. Gelston’s One Room School House recently announced their new online learning alliance. All three organizations offer online classes and if they don’t have what you need, they will refer you to one of their partners. Fortunately for gifted kids, all their classes are suited for gifted and twice-exceptional students.

This week’s #gtchat hosted the executive directors and several instructors from all three alliance partners. Each answered questions about their particular programs as well as more queries about online learning in general. It was a fast-paced and informative discussion.

We first chatted about the benefits of online classes for gifted and 2E students. These classes can make learning more accessible for students who don’t have these resources locally. It provides a way for these kids to meet (virtually) and to interact with each other and connect with expert teachers. These classes can be tailored to the specific needs of the student and their individual schedules regardless of where they live; provided in a safe and quiet environment. They are also available to schools and homeschool resource centers blending learning with regular curriculum offerings.

We would like to thank Corin Goodwin, executive director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum; Jaime Smith, founder of Online G3; and Barry Gelston, owner and Claudia L’Amoreaux, instructor at Mr. Gelston’s One Room Schoolhouse for being our guests this week. Several other instructors joined us including Justin Schwamm (GHF – Latin); Christy Knockleby (GHF – Minecraft Math);  and Madeline Goodwin (GHF – Planet Earth & Climate Science). A transcript of the chat may be found on Storify.

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 11 AM NZST/9 AM AEST 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 new Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

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:



Class Offerings:

GHF Online Class Schedule

Online G3

Online G3 Summer Courses

Mr. Gelston’s One Room Schoolhouse

About the Alliance:

Education is Better with Friends (OnlineG3)

Friends We Trust (Mr. Gelston’s One Room Schoolhouse)

Online Learning Partnership (GHF)

Additional Links:

GHF Online Teacher Bios

G3 Course Placement and Progression

He’s Really Gifted In Math?!?

Online Learning Communities Revisited

GHF Online Update (Facebook)


Graphics courtesy of Lisa Conrad, Barry Gelston, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, Online G3 and TAGT.

Guest: Susanne Thomas, New Director of Online Education at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

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Our guest this week was Susanne Thomas, the new Director of Online Education at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Susanne was here to introduce the Fall 2014 line-up of online classes being offered beginning in September. A full transcript may be found here.

It was exciting to learn that two long-time #gtchat participants will be among the instructors for this fall’s classes. They are Justin Schwamm and Lisa Lauffer. Justin will be teaching two courses of Latin. He is the founder of Tres Columnae Online.  Lisa will be the instructor for Art Journaling.



Here is the line-up (All classes run from Sept 1st to Dec 19th):

Technomythica and Epic Heroes 11 AM – 12:00 PM PT Instructor: Liz Burr-Brandstadt

Web Design 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PT Instructor: Cyd Smith

From Parts to Whole: Making Latin Make Sense 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PT Instructor: Justin Schwamm

Introduction to Latin 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT Instructor: Justin Schwamm

The Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey, Project Based Learning Course 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Instructor: Gwyn Ridenhour

Aristotle Leads the Way – Part 1: The Story of Science 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT Instructor: Andrea Whitson

Minecraft Math 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT Instructor: Christy Knockleby

Art Journaling 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT Instructor: Lisa Lauffer

Intro to Astrobiology 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Instructor: Robin Schneider


Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

GHF Online

About Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Building Wingspan: GHF Online Fall 2014 Class Line Up! From Susanne’s Blog

Cybraryman’s Art Page



Can Personalized Education Be Achieved in Public Schools?

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Photo: Courtesy of MorgueFile 

In our inaugural chat on a Sunday, we discussed whether or not personalized education could ever be achieved in public schools. Questions considered included what exactly personalized education was, barriers to it being implemented, the role of the teacher and technology, and what could be learned from homeschoolers. A full transcript can be found here.

Due to the time change, many more participants from the UK and EU were able to join the chat. It was decided that going forward we will be holding at least one chat a month on Sunday.


Hybrid Learning’s Promise for Personalized Education

The Promise of Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning, Big Data and Schools fromEdutopia

A Personalized Future for Education

Personalized Education

Personalized Education Plan (w/samples for gifted students)

Personalized Learning: 5 Future Technology Predictions from IBM (video)

Personalized Education and the Role of Genius Hour in the Classroom

Creating Adaptive, Personalized, Effective & Addictive Education System for the Next 

The Next Big Thing: Personalized Education (April 2009) from Howard Gardner

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

GHF Online from @GiftedHF

Personalized Learning (history – Wikipedia)

Assessing the Early Impact of School of One

How New York City is Using Technology to Teach Math One-on-One

The Best Way for Each Student to Learn (Vimeo)

Don’t Expect Schools of the Future to Be Here Tomorrow

From Cybraryman “Personalized Education Plans

Creating Personalized Education Opportunities

More Than Outside the Box” by Krissy Venosdale

The 21st Century Classroom” (YouTube)

TEDx video “Revolutionizing Education with Personalized Learning

Twice-Exceptional Smart Kids with Learning Differences

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LIVE from Houston, Texas! Global #gtchat was excited to be at this year’s TAGT Annual Conference where we debuted the new brochure from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum on Twice-Exceptional Learners. It was a perfect match with sentiments shared in the Conference Keynote by Dr. Temple Grandin. A full transcript may be found here.

It’s always an exhilarating experience to participate in a Twitter chat with a live audience and this was no exception. Many thanks goes out to those who came to help the folks who were new to chat. Check out the pictures below!

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Jeffrey Farley, Mary Lovell and Tracy Fisher

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Carolyn Coil

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Krissy Venosdale, Angie French, Lisa Conrad and Stacia Taylor

Special thanks to Corin Goodwin and her staff from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum for going the extra mile to make this a very special and informative chat. Global #gtchat appreciates the collaborative relationship that has developed between our two organizations. Support of gifted children and their unique needs is definitely a community effort.

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Promotional Materials Courtesy of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum


Twice Exceptional Smart Kids with Learning Differences” brochure from @GiftedHF (pdf)

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (website) from @GiftedHF

GHF Press from @GiftedHF

Beating the Odds: An Interview with Temple Grandin” (pdf) TEMPO Magazine

Brief Summary ~ Dr. Temple Grandin Keynote TAGT 2013

The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed” (book – bn) Dr. Temple Grandin

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (website)

TAGT Annual Conference 2014 in Fort Worth

Legacy Book Award Winners 2013 from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

Gifted & Twice Exceptional Kids: An Interview with Corin Goodwin & Mika Gustavson’ 

Asynchronous Scholars’ Fund (website)

ASD & Giftedness: Twice Exceptionality on the Autistic Spectrum

Life Among the ‘Yakkity Yaks‘” An Interview with Temple Grandin

Gifted Children with Learning Challenges (Twice Exceptional)

Raising My Twice-Exceptional Children… Not What I Signed Up For!

Developing Social Thinking in the Twice-exceptional (2e) Learner through Improvisational Play

Giftedness Should Not Be Confused with Mental Disorder

Stuck, Stubborn and Always Right? Changing Patterns of Rigid Thinking

The Paradox of Giftedness:  When Potential Doesn’t Necessarily Predict Performance

Executive Functioning at Home and School” by @ayermish via @DavidsonGifted

What happens when students don’t have good executive functioning skills?

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