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Role of Technology in Gifted Education

Last week during chat, we discussed cluster grouping of gifted students. Although a strategy to be considered, technology can be a better option for GT students to explore passions and work at their own pace. It is a natural fit for GT students working in STEM areas who are conducting research or working with mentors at an early age. Emerging technologies such as VR, Augmented Reality, and AI are all appealing to GT students and they are capable of utilizing the tech to their advantage.

Tech can be used to connect GT students on social networks such as Twitter to give and receive authentic feedback to their work. It expands their audience to a global level in many cases. GT students can use online resources for independent, self-directed learning; research; and access to highered online courses.

Special populations within the gifted community often struggle to form and maintain relationships with age-peers. Online opportunities can put them in contact with intellectual peers. Technology resources, especially for low-SES and rural students, need to be available not only during school hours; but, also after-school and during school breaks as well.

Asynchronous development can be a factor for younger GT students who may be drawn into groups of older students who may be intellectual peers, but much more mature. Parental and teacher guidance should be utilized. Memory construction (and recall) and sustaining attentive focus is a concern for some twice-exceptional students. Adult supervision may be required by parents, teachers or support staff to ensure optimal learning occurs. In recent years, online bullying of GT students has steadily increased. Before beginning networking, students should understand the importance of reporting of any incidences to an adult.

Accommodating a wide range of abilities in a single classroom can be nearly impossible for any teacher. Technology can be a great asset in differentiating curriculum, tiering assignments, and scaffolding learning. It can enhance learning experiences by providing educators with high quality, ongoing professional development; something that was nonexistent just a few years ago. It’s important to remember that technology is a tool and not be considered a learning outcome. It should raise awareness; provide answers to questions; and avenues to finding new questions to ask.

Is online learning a viable alternative to traditional classrooms for GT students? Yes and no. There are certainly excellent online learning experiences available. Many resources have been the result of meeting the demands of gifted homeschoolers and GT students isolated in rural school districts. Although many GT students excel in online environments, others report preferring to interact with peers and teachers face-to-face in the classroom whenever possible.

A transcript of this chat may be found at Wakelet.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Wakelet. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

 Lisa Conrad About the authorLisa 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:


Challenging Gifted Students in the General Education Classroom (pdf)

How to Put the Six Blended Learning Models into Action

Differentiating Technology for Gifted Learners

Technology in Gifted Education: A Review of Best Practices and Empirical Research (pdf)

Using Technology in Gifted and Talented Education Classrooms: The Teachers’ Perspective (pdf)

Computer Technology for the Gifted and Talented Child! (pdf)

Technology in Gifted Education: Annotated Bibliography

The Role of Technology in Gifted and Talented Education

6 Must Have Apps, Tools, and Resources for Gifted Children (2017)

Effects of Technology on Gifted Children

Using Technology with Gifted Students

3 Ways Technology Can Help You Support Gifted Students

How to Identify, Understand and Teach Gifted Children

Teaching Strategies for Gifted Students

Students that Are Gifted Need to Be Challenged

For Frustrated Gifted Students, Distance Learning Offers a World of Opportunities

5 Activities to Try in Your Gifted and Talented Classroom

The Neglected Readers: Differentiating Instruction for Academically Gifted and Talented Learners (pdf)

Factors That Promote/Inhibit Teaching Gifted Students in a Regular Class: Results from a Professional Development Program for Chemistry Teachers

Simple Truth: Technology Changes. The Skills We Believe in Don’t.

In Celebration of Teaching Geeks!

Cybraryman’s Technology Page

Cybraryman’s Technology Integration Page

The Impact of Student-Created Apps

Leveraging Technology to Empower Student Voice, Ease Anxiety, and Create Compassionate Classrooms (Book)

Skype in the Classroom


Cybraryman’s Connected Educators/Students Page

Technology and the Gifted Child


Assistive Technology for the 2e Learner

Meeting the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students through Technology Supported Distance Teaching

2e Students: Who They Are and What They Need

Medieval Helpdesk (with English subtitles) (YouTube 2:44)

Image courtesy of Pixabay Pixabay License

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.


Is STEM a Viable Alternative to a Gifted Program?

STEM Alternative

STEM has become an alternative in some U.S. school districts for gifted programming. In order to understand the reasoning behind this decision, our chat first focused on whether or not school districts should be required to offer a gifted program at all. Most people agreed that it was necessary, but also reasoned that the program must be funded and properly administered by knowledgeable faculty and staff.

Strong opinions were voiced concerning the need to provide all students what they need to meet their potential at any level. The concept of mastery-based education was introduced as an alternative for education which in part could eliminate the need for special academic programming. However, it was pointed out that STEM programs do little to address the social and emotional needs of gifted students.


‘Is STEM a Viable Alternative to a Gifted Program?’ Many present felt it was not an alternative but should be a component part. Some had good experiences when STEM programs were combined with Ability Grouping. The addition of ‘A’ (arts) was welcomed by all.

The discussion then turned to finding some positive attributes of STEM programming if it is the only option available. Here are some of the responses- It was noted that a well done STEM program can increase a student’s appreciation for mathematics; offer a challenging curriculum which gifted students need; and provide increased interaction with professionals through mentoring & job shadowing.  Enhancing STEM programs by integrating communication, verbalization and writing skills as well as incorporating passion-based and project-based learning would improve these programs for gifted students. A more collegiate atmosphere in STEM courses could stimulate creative thought. A full transcript may be found on our Storify Page.


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 1 PM NZ/11 AM AEDT 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 Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.

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:


Gifted Education: Full STEAM Ahead NJAGC Annual Conference 2015

Gifted Children and STEM 

STEM: Meeting a Critical Demand for Excellence

Statewide Public High Schools for Advanced Students

National Consortium of Secondary #STEM Schools

STEM – Its Importance and Promise for Gifted Students (pdf)

Cultivating Talent: Gifted Children and STEM

STEM Resources for Educating Gifted Students (pdf)

STEM and Gifted Education: Questions and Answers for Parents (pdf)

STEM ming the Tide: Colorado Response to National Crisis in STEM Education (pdf)

STEM is Gifted Education

Partner with STEM to Enhance Opportunities for Gifted Children

STEM to STEAM Education for Gifted Students (Amazon)

Relationship Between #STEM Education & #Gifted Education – Part 1

Relationship Between #STEM Education & #Gifted Education – Part 2

Putting Art in #STEM

Energizing Your Gifted Students’ Creative Thinking & Imagination (Amazon)

Why did ‘nerd’ become a dirty word?

K – 12 Summer Programs from The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

Google Science Fair 2015

Is Your Gifted Student Being Supported in Public School?

Cybraryman’s STEM/STEAM Page

STEM vs. STEAM: Why The “A” Makes All The Difference

Partners Create STEM Hubs in Ogden Schools

The Value of STEM Education Infographic


STEM Graphic: Courtesy Lisa Conrad

Photo: Courtesy of Pixabay.


The topic of Makerspaces was a fairly new concept for many attending this chat although the idea has been gathering ‘STEAM’ for several years. A big thank you to all those who contributed links. Hopefully, you will find what you’re looking for below. A full transcript of the chat can be found here.

Makerspaces are known by a variety of names including Hackerspaces, Fab Labs, and Maker Faire. Although the definition of a makerspace is generally a technology-based extension of DIY culture which can include such things as 3D printers, robotics, microprocessors, “smart” materials, and programming languages; it was also acknowledged that practically any space used for making things could qualify as one. It was agreed that they are here to stay and definitely of interest to gifted children who are creative.

STEAMmaker logoSTEAMmaker Camp from ESSDACK


Makerspaces – The Future of Education TEDx Luxembourg (YouTube 4:34)

What is a Makerspace? Creativity in the Library

Hackerspace (Wikipedia)

A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources

From Stacks to Hacks: Makerspaces & Librarybox

The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption

Library as Makerspace: Creating and Nurturing Communities of Teen Writers

Making Things in Academic Libraries

Makerspace Directory 

Maker Community Groups 

Hacker Spaces Directory 

7 Things You Should Know about Makerspaces

Is It a Hackerspace, Makerspace, Techshop or FabLab?

Designing a School Makerspace from @edutopia

Make Space: The Book (Website)

There’s a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers with Apps

The Maker Movement Believes In ‘Kid Power’

The Maker Movement Can Give Students ‘A Story to Tell’

6th Graders Planning a Model of the London Eye w/ K’nex (via Vine)

A Movement in the Making

Makeathon @ University of Michigan

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains?

Makerspaces – #MakerEd Page from @cybraryman1

What Is the Maker Movement and Why Should You Care?

You Can Make What You Imagine: Hsing Wei for TEDx (YouTube 7:42)

How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education

24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning

Making a Makerspace: The Physical Space is (Relatively) Finished!

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started

Commentary: How to Get a Job at Google

B.O.S.S. HQ Is Now Open for Business

Three Column Network

World Maker Faire New York 2013

STEAMmaker Camp from ESSDACK

Make (Pinterest Board) from Terri Eichholtz

Makerspace Playbook (pdf)

Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families (book – Amazon)

Sometimes We Just Need to Throw Out The Instructions

How to Make a Mini Maker Space for Mini Makers

21 Incredible Maker Ed Kits for Learning

Invent to Learn (book)

Design Squad Nation from PBS Kids

Built by Kids

DIY Earn Skills Become a Maker

Finding Value in Video Games


Jane McGonigal: Gaming Can Make a Better World (You Tube)

The Future of Video Games Is Also The Future Of Storytelling

Duke research: Video Games Make Players Smarter

Video Gamers Capture More Information Faster for Visual Decision-making

What Works in Schools Is Real Work

Learning by Designing Games (with useful resources, #GBL)

Back to the drawing board for game making?

GoGo Labs is a Disruptive Learning Technology Lab

Digital Games: A Context for Cognitive Development

Understanding Quest-Based Learning (pdf)

Assessment Matters: Game-Based Learning to Foster Student Engagement

Choice-Based Assessments for the Digital Age (pdf)

Video Games and Social Emotional Learning

Situated Learning in Virtual Worlds and Immersive Simulations (pdf)

What’s the Difference Between Games and Gamification?

Using Educational Games and Gamification

Beyond Badges: Why Gamify? From @edutopia

games-based-learning blog: Games Based School

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

How Game-Based And Traditional Learning Are Different

3D Game Lab: Online Teacher Camp

games-based-learning blog: 21st Century Skills and Games Based Learning

Video Games In Learning? These 50 Videos Explain What’s Possible

TEDxManitoba – Rick Van Eck – The Gaming of Educational Transformation (video)

Classroom Game Design: Paul Andersen at TEDxBozeman (video)

7 Skills Students Need for Their Future (video)

Can Digital Games Boost Students’ Test Scores?

Research on Assessment in Games

Teachers, Students, Digital Games: What’s the Right Mix?

Center for Game Science

The Radix Endeavor

Motivating Children to Learn Effectively: Exploring Value of Intrinsic Integration in Educational Games (pdf)

New Survey: Half of Teachers Use Digital Games in Class

Money, Time and Tactics: Can Games Be Effective in Schools?

Playful Learning

The School Where Learning is a Game

Institute of Play Quest Schools

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