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Enrichment 2.0 Gifted Education For The 21st Century

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Presented at Confratute, July 16, 2008. Implementing online enrichment clusters, Enrichment 2.0.

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Enrichment 2.0 Gifted Education For The 21st Century

  1. 1. <ul><li>MICHELLE ECKSTEIN </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT </li></ul><ul><li>GIFTED KIDS NETWORK </li></ul><ul><li>WWW.GIFTEDKIDSNETWORK.COM </li></ul>© 2007 Michelle Eckstein All Rights Reserved Gifted and Talented Education for the 21 st Century
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Technology of the 21st century provides educators with new and exciting possibilities for engaging gifted and talented students in enrichment programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Enrichment 2.0 – Web based enrichment cluster which uses 21 st century tools. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pedagogy and Best Practices <ul><li>Joseph Renzulli’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model of Enrichment Clusters </li></ul><ul><li>Bloom’s taxonomy for high level thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Vickie Davis’s Flat Classroom Model </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are Enrichment Clusters? <ul><li>Internet based </li></ul><ul><li>Multi –grade </li></ul><ul><li>Interest based groups </li></ul><ul><li>Focused toward the production of real world products or services </li></ul>
  5. 6. Wide range of individuals can participate <ul><ul><li>Gifted students from rural areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homeschooled students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gifted students in urban schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gifted students from different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International experts and professionals </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Setting up an Enrichment Cluster <ul><li>Write a description </li></ul><ul><li>Find schools/ students to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a home for the cluster (wiki) </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain parental permission for students to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Topic Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Product Choice & Development </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase Student Work </li></ul>
  8. 9. Step 1: Write a description <ul><li>Resources wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.enrichment2.wikispaces.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>University of Connecticut’s database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/clusters/ </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Step 2: Find schools/ students to participate <ul><li>Collaborate with other schools in your district </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with other schools in your state </li></ul><ul><li>Social Network of Educators interested in using Enrichment 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.enrichment2.ning.com </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Step 3: Establish a home for the cluster <ul><li>Online space where students can work together. </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe and secure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be monitored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ad free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t cost too much </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space to post links and embed materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow for collaborative work </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Where to call home? <ul><li>Possibilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Management System or Virtual Learning Environment </li></ul></ul>© 2007 Michelle Eckstein All Rights Reserved
  12. 13. Wiki <ul><li>Free Wiki’s for educators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.wikispaces.com or www.pbwiki.com </li></ul></ul>www.giftedkidsnetwork.wikispaces.com
  13. 14. Social Network: Ning http://giftedkidsnetwork.ning.com/
  14. 15. Moodle www.giftedkidsnetwork.com/moodle
  15. 16. What’s the best home ? <ul><li>My students have two sites we use for our enrichment cluster </li></ul><ul><li>www.giftedkidsnetwork.com/moodle a private network that includes discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>www.giftedkidsnetwork.wikispaces.com a wiki that is currently set to private to protect student’s privacy and ensure their safety. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Step 4: Obtain Permission <ul><li>Sample Permission forms on Enrichment2.0 wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.enrichment2.wikispaces.com </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Step 5: Introductions <ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul>© 2007 Michelle Eckstein All Rights Reserved
  18. 19. Embed Introductory Materials
  19. 20. Avatars <ul><li>Encourage students to create an avatar or find a graphic that represents their interests to use as their ‘picture’ on their blog or other public sites. </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>Have each student create a multi media introduction of themselves to share with the class. </li></ul><ul><li>This will familiarize students with the tools and allow students to get to know each other. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice thread www.voicethread.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animoto www.animoto.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My student’s introductions </li></ul><ul><li>www.giftedkidsnetwork.wikispaces.com </li></ul>
  21. 22. Where do Enrichment Clusters begin? Adapted from How to Develop a Successful Enrichment Cluster by Joseph Renzulli http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/sem/semart01.html
  22. 23. Tools of the Enrichment 2.0 Cluster
  23. 24. Podcast <ul><li>Podcasts - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Discovery Channel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Education Podcast Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NPR  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>History Channel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NASA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Geographic </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>Students can use a blog search engine to find experts in their field and subscribe to their blogs </li></ul>
  25. 26. Step 6: Topic Choice <ul><li>Students use the discussion forums and collaborative graphic organizers to select and narrow a topic. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Graphic Organizers
  27. 28. Collaborative Documents <ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Http://docs.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho www.zoho.com </li></ul>
  28. 29. Step 7: Research <ul><li>Depending on the age of your students you can use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School or public library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post links to approved web sites on your online homeroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow students to search the internet </li></ul></ul>
  29. 30. Embed links in the ‘homeroom’ <ul><li>Moodle </li></ul>
  30. 31. Embed links in the ‘homeroom’ <ul><li>Wiki </li></ul>
  31. 32. Embed links in the ‘homeroom’ <ul><li>Ning </li></ul>
  32. 33. Personal Learning Communities <ul><li>News feeds provide rich content in areas of interest.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo News , CBS News , Reuters , NPR , and ABC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aggregators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and Google Reader </li></ul></ul>
  33. 34. Step 8: Product Choice & Development <ul><li>A few applications students might consider using: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.voicethread.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.flickr (photo sharing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.jumpcut (video creation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.animoto.com (video creation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.pixton.com (comic strip creation) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Additional tools listed on my blog www.talentedandgifted.net </li></ul>
  34. 35. Showcase Student Work <ul><li>Share student work on the internet by creating a public wiki for final projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students blog about their project. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students present their projects at a talent fair or school assembly. </li></ul>
  35. 36. Competitions <ul><li>Enrichment 2.0 students can enter their products in national internet based competitions such </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.thinkquest.org , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ecybermission.com , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://web.mit.edu/inventeams/ , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.sallyridescience.com , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.exploravision.org , and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.futurecity.org . </li></ul></ul>
  36. 37. Obstacles to Implementation <ul><li>Bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>Blocking of multimedia sites </li></ul><ul><li>Access for students in poverty or rural locations </li></ul>
  37. 38. Examples of Enrichment 2.0 Clusters offered by the Gifted Kids Network <ul><li>Animal Planet </li></ul><ul><li>Web Design </li></ul><ul><li>Cool Tools Rule </li></ul><ul><li>World Affairs and Global Health </li></ul>
  38. 39. <ul><li>GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>FOR THE 21 ST CENTURY </li></ul><ul><li>MICHELLE ECKSTEIN </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT </li></ul><ul><li>GIFTED KIDS NETWORK </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>WEB SITE: WWW.GIFTEDKIDSNETWORK.COM </li></ul><ul><li>BLOG : WWW.TALENTEDANDGIFTED.NET </li></ul>Enrichment 2.0 © 2007 Michelle Eckstein All Rights Reserved

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