Posts Tagged ‘NAGC’

09.12

Take Five: Spotlight on Resources for Gifted Learners

By Deborah Mersino

On 09.02.11, our #gtchat session focused on five resources and sites resplendent with information and opportunities for educators, parents, and gifted education advocates. As promised, I am recapping the resources here. Please share these five finds with classroom educators, gifted specialists, administrators, friends, parents, students, and tech lovers. The links are live, so simply scroll over them to access.

{Drum roll, please….}

#1 – www.brianhousand.com

After you take a moment to appreciate the clever logo, dive into this site, designed by  Brian Housand, an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. You’ll be happy you did. Many of you may know Brian from his novel presentations at NAGC, Confratuate, and Edufest (among others). This forward-thinking educator never tires of “exploring ways in which technology can enhance the learning environment” and “striving to define what it means to be creatively productive in a digital age.”

If you click on 2011, 2010, and/or 2009 on www.brianhousand.com, you will see just how busy this digital guru has been. Be sure to click on the “60 in 60” presentation in 2011, where Brian introduces “60 Sites in 60 Minutes.” And although you won’t hear Brian’s riveting dialogue, you will see some of the most current apps and sites worth exploring. You’ll also get a true sense of what the future of education could look like.

#2 – www.byrdseed.com

Perhaps one of the finest gifted education blogs available today, Ian Byrd crafts regular posts to stretch our thinking – and benefit the minds and spirits of gifted learners. Ian has taught in a gifted classroom since 2007 and was a GATE student himself from first through sixth grade. He’s quickly becoming one of the most sought-after speakers for professional development in gifted education. To me, it makes perfect sense. This humble, yet wickedly creative soul has tenaciously devoted himself to making education come alive for gifted learners via sound gifted education practices mixed with relevant life and digital applications. More than 3,400 educators have already signed up to receive his free PDF entitled, “Improve Your Gifted Classroom: 7 Ways in 7 Days.” Whether you’re looking for lesson plans, resources, and/or fresh ideas, Ian’s blog and site will inspire.

#3 – www.everydayintensity.com

During our #gtchat session, I actually shared a different resource in this #3 spot, only to later realize the site had grown cobwebs {gasp} from being poorly managed. In its place, I’m pleased to highlight one of my favorite new streams, the Everyday Intensity blog, which I personally have delivered via email because it’s.that.good. Lisa Rivero has been a strong force for good via social media platforms this past year. She not only serves on the Board of SENG, but also teaches, writes books, and now pens a Creative Synthesis blog for Psychology Today.

In Everyday Intensity, Lisa asks,

  • Do you want to know how to live with more intensity?
  • Are you interested in finding and sharing resources that pertain to intense learners (children and adults), giftedness, creativity, and personal growth?
  • Are you looking for ways to learn about and discuss giftedness that move away from the gifted label?

If you’re looking for wisdom and grounded insights, this site will open your eyes and evoke a sense of community and wonder. You’ll find yourself nodding your head in agreement and shifting your thinking regularly. After all, isn’t that what the best blogs do?

#4 – www.activehistory.co.uk

Russel Tar (@RusselTarr) was one of the first educators I started following on Twitter back in 2009, and he’s still one of the best. Currently working as the Head of History at the International School of Toulouse, Russel has created the ActiveHistory site for teachers and students of World History, and he regularly offers up some of the best history resources on the planet. His site is chock-full of interactive simulations, decision-making games, self-marking quizzes, worksheets, and lesson plans designed to make education captivating.

ActiveHistory has received acclaim throughout the world. The New York Times, The Guardian and other major news outlets have praised the apps on the site, including his Head2Head Interviews, where students can have virtual conversations with historical figures like Hitler or King Henry VIII. Whether you want your students to compare and contrast the rise of power of Mao to Stalin, interview William the Conqueror or pass sentences on criminals living in the 19th Century, this site is for you. Even if you want to devise a new IB Study Unit on Pinochet, he’s got you covered.

Unlike all the other sites listed in this recap, ActiveHistory costs, but it is reasonable. While you can often get free resources from @RusselTarr on Twitter, he does require a small fee to access the full content of the site. Fees for a whole school run $150.00 US/$125 Euros. Single teacher access runs $60 US/$50 Euros. Please let me know if and when you start utilizing this site; I will gladly share your experiences – and those of your students – with others. Personally, I can’t wait to create an online book club in seconds…just one of the many activities available.

#5 – Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) offers many vital opportunities for educators; however, not everyone may know about this laudable awards program for gifted students in grades 3 through 6.

Please note that the deadline for this year’s awards program has passed. I’m sharing this because I hope you will keep students in mind for next year!

Here’s what the NAGC site says about the awards:

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is pleased to announce the NAGC – Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards program for the 2010-2011 school year. Originally funded by the Nicholas Green Foundation and NAGC, this awards program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children grades 3 through 6. NAGC believes that the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards inspire children to achieve to their fullest potential, highlight high-ability students, and draw attention to the educational needs of our nation’s gifted and talented students.

The Nicholas Green Foundation was established by Maggie and Reg Green to honor the memory of their seven-year-old son Nicholas who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting Italy in 1994. The Greens paired with NAGC to start the Distinguished Student Awards because they wanted to recognize young people who are: 1.) working hard to make the most of their lives to develop their unique gifts and talents and 2.) around the age of Nicholas at the time of his death.

One child in each state may be named a Nicholas Green Distinguished Student. Each winner receives a $500 U.S. savings bond and an NAGC Certificate of Excellence. Eligible students may be nominated by parents, teachers, students, or community/civic groups.
Thank you to NAGC and Maggie and Reg Green for this program.

So go to the NAGC site, print out the application information, and put it on your bulletin board as an encouraging reminder to think about possible student nominees for next year. During our #gtchat, educator Krissy Venosdale (@KTVee) made this worthy suggestion!

That’s it for this recap; I appreciate you stopping by. My hope is that you will not only check out these resources regularly, but also will gladly share them with others. As always, I welcome your comments.

11.10

Atlanta News | Tweetup on Friday at NAGC!

I’m delighted to be in Atlanta for NAGC’s 57th Annual Conference! It’s sure to be a phenomenal week of learning and collaborating. A few updates:

  • Global #gtchat: We will be having one #gtchat session at 7:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, November 13th. Our topic will be “Drive: Motivation and the Gifted Child.” Join us! If you’re new to Twitter and want more information on #gtchat, click here.
  • Meet f2f (face-to-face) in Atlanta: I’m helping to orchestrate an #NAGC #Tweetup! Whether you are active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or other social networking sites – or simply interested in learning more – be sure to mark your calendars. We will be gathering Friday night (after #gtchat) at 8:30 p.m. in the Lobby Bar on the 5th floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Follow @DeborahMersino on Twitter and/or “like” the Ingeniosus Facebook Page and stay tuned for details. And plan to keep Friday night open; our #NAGC #Tweetup will be informal and fun! (Note: everyone will pay for their own beverages). If you know for sure that you’re coming, let me know!
  • Get the Latest News: I will be posting live updates from NAGC via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, so feel free to connect and enjoy. I’ll be using the #NAGC hashtag on Twitter (and know others, like @PrufrockPress, will be as well). How exciting!
  • Learn More About the Power of Social Networking: I’m honored to be a part of a timely and informative panel discussion with Joel McIntosh, publisher of Prufrock Press, Carolyn K. of Hoagies Gifted Education Page and Ian Byrd of Byrdseed.com, being offered at NAGC on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. We would love to see you. Click here for more information on this session!
  • Get Your Questions Answered: Have a question about social networking and/or wonder how your school district, summer program, counseling center and/or business might benefit? Feel free to send me an email. I will be happy to answer your questions and/or set up a time to chat.

For those who can’t be in Atlanta, you might want to check out the NAGC 2010 Virtual Conference.

To our friends in Texas, here’s wishing you all a successful TAGT conference! And to everyone near and far, here’s to you! Just consider how social networking has exploded in 2010. So many of you are helping to ignite this potent collaboration on behalf of gifted learners worldwide. Just think of what can be done in 2011 and beyond!

Warmest regards,

Deborah Mersino

10.08

RED ALERT: Gifted Education is a Civil Rights Issue

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Fast forward 10 years. It’s 2019. How are our gifted and talented learners faring in the United States? Well, if our federal and state governments, boards of education and communities continue along current pathways, we might as well start mourning now. Our gifted and talented students will not only be left behind, but we – as citizens of the United States and world – will also have to face the harsh realities and opportunity costs of losing our most precious natural resources. Say good-bye to innovation and hope – and global prowess.

For it appears that the untapped talents and visionary strengths of gifted learners will wind up buried, along with the critical talents of gifted educators, who actually know how to serve this population with zeal and courage.

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