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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



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