Many factors come into play when considering the best options for educating a gifted student. Each one has their own preferences in how they like to learn, but the allure of online options include the opportunity to take challenging classes not offered at local schools, the ability to progress at their own speed, and collaborating with intellectual peers and mentors. Some students also prefer the peace and quiet gained from working in a solitary environment.
Online education is also beneficial to gifted students who live in rural areas where gifted programming and advanced courses are scarce, adaptable to the needs of twice-exceptional children, homeschool students and students who want to want to participate in blended learning. Of course, Internet access plays an important role for students who choose online options. A full transcript may be found at Storify.
Check out the links below for some of our participants favorite resources. Disclaimer – mention of any program during the chat or in this blog post should not be considered an endorsement.
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About 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities (Audio available)
GHF Online from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
Independent Learning from Duke TIP
Gifted Learning Links from CTD at Northwestern University
On Friday, September 14th, #gtchat was pleased to host Mrs. Rebecca McMillan as our special guest. Rebecca answered questions from the moderator about GHF’s new online courses being offered for the first time this fall. Rebecca, Scott Myers and Heather Blonsky will be the instructors. Classes are aimed at gifted and 2e homeschoolers,
Participants from 15 states and 6 countries contributed to the chat. The consensus by the end of chat was two-fold: everyone wanted to take the classes and that this was just the beginning for GHF. Executive Director of GHF, Corin Barsily Goodwin, revealed future plans including additional courses to be made available for a wider range of age groups. Rebecca suggested webinars for parents on such topics as electronic portfolios, finding mentors and building a transcript. Other plans included the possibility of offering classes to non-homeschoolers; trainings and supports for parents & professionals; and summer camps.
Tweet of the Day came from Krissy Venosdale, “I lurk to learn!” The idea was further tweaked by Jo Freitag, to “Lurk ‘N Learn.” It’s well known that #gtchat loves lurkers – newcomers who monitor the chat, but don’t actively participate.
Rebecca also shared with us her personal reasons for homeschooling as well as the many other projects with which she is currently involved. You can read her comments in the transcript that is posted at the TAGT website each Monday morning following the chat.
Links from chat:
The Creativity Post (Facebook Page)
The Creativity Post (website)
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (Facebook Page)
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (website)
The Brain Café (Facebook Group)
Scott Myers blog, “Go Into the Story”
From Scott Myers: Screenwriting Master Class
Cybraryman’s Twice Exceptional 2E page