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
This past week, our special guest was Rebecca McMillan, Director of Online Education for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Next month, GHF Online will begin their second semester of online courses for gifted & gifted 2e students. Details on the classes offered can be found here. A transcript of the full chat can be found at Storify.
Chat participants came from 11 states and 4 countries with many new faces. Rebecca indicated that there were three new classes this term on mythology, critical thinking and poetry. She went on to explain how these classes are a sort of ‘anti-MOOC” – Massively Open Online Courses – “At GHF Online we’re looking to replicate those tiny intimate discussion seminars with passionate professors and motivated students . We want them [the students] to have a chance to engage with the instructor and each other in a safe, warm atmosphere.We take rich, meaty concepts & adapt them to younger students. We scale them to fit the students we have.”
GHF also revealed that there are plans to increase their offerings to include more STEM classes, webinars, and workshops for parents and professionals.
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‘MOOCs’ from The Creativity Post
GHF: What’s New for 2013
GHF: Local Support