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The Gifted Parent Online: Totally Free Internet Tools for Parent Support & Advocacy

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A guide to totally free resources parents and teachers of the gifted can use immediately. Presented at NAGC, Tampa

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The Gifted Parent Online: Totally Free Internet Tools for Parent Support & Advocacy

  1. 1. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney The Gifted Parent Online: Totally Free Internet Tools for Parent Support & Advocacy By Carolyn Kottmeyer and Kathi Kearney
  2. 2. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney You are not alone! • 2.5% of the population • Identification limited by state and district mandates • Privacy prevents contact • Internet allows world-wide interaction… • We are not alone!
  3. 3. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Support • Gifted discussion communities  Homeschooling  Twice Exceptional  Exceptionally / Profoundly Gifted • Gifted Blogs  2e: Twice Exceptional Newsletter  Eide Neurolearning Blog  Gifted Exchange – Laura Vanderkam  Unwrapping the Gifted – Tamara Fisher
  4. 4. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Support Communities • TAGFAM  TAGFAM –Talented And Gifted FAMilies  TAGPDQ – more than plain gifted  TAGMAX – homeschooling gifted • GT-Families  GT-Families – general support  GT-Special – twice exceptional gifted  GT-Adult – adult gifted • Gifted Online Conferences (NING)  Variety of discussion topics plus conferences
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  6. 6. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Support Lists • Specialized support groups…  Homeschooling Gifted Children  Homeschooling 2 College Life  Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts  Gifted-NLD-Aspergers  2e Young Adults  Auditory Processing  Bright Kids (American Mensa)  State and local gifted organizations…
  7. 7. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Netiquette • Keep your tone positive  Use “I language…”  No “flaming”  Consider your audience (international)  The “7%-38%-55% Rule” • 7% words, 38% tone of voice, 55% body language – Albert Mehrabian, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UCLA • (Print and) Keep your welcome letter  Unsubscribe, nomail, digest  Don’t send list commands to the list
  8. 8. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Parenting Resources • Parents  www.hoagiesgifted.org/parents.htm  Research  Resources • Books • Products • Games & Toys  Success Stories  Frequently Answered Questions  A Lighter Note
  9. 9. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Parenting Resources • Parents  Characteristics & Identification  Testing & Tests  Highly / Exceptionally / Profoundly Gifted  Traditional School  Advocacy  Homeschooling  Summer & Saturday / Academic Programs  Parenting  Social-Emotional  Twice Exceptional  Special Topics
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  11. 11. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Parenting Resources • Special Topics  www.hoagiesgifted.org/special_topics.htm  At-Risk Gifted Children  ELL (ESL)  Gender Issues  Gifted Adults  Creative / Math / Science / Humanities / Musical / Technologically gifted students  Philosophy
  12. 12. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Parenting Resources • Twice Exceptional  www.hoagiesgifted.org/twice_exceptional.htm  AD/HD  Aspergers (AS)  Auditory Processing (APD)  Dyslexia / Dysgraphia / Dyscalculia  Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD / NVLD)  Sensory Integration Disorder (SI)  Visual Processing  2e Role Models  2e Books & Products  Technology  IEPs
  13. 13. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Advocacy Resources • Gifted Advocacy  www.hoagiesgifted.org/advocacy.htm • Competing with myths about the social and emotional development of gifted students  Myth 1. Gifted students should be with students their own age  Myth 3. Being perfectly well rounded should be the primary goal • Distinguishing Myths From Realities: NRC/GT Research  Useful quiz for self-discovery and professional development… • Arguments and Red Herrings  www.hoagiesgifted.org/arguments.htm
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  15. 15. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Advocacy Resources • ERIC EC Clearinghouse for Exceptional Children  www.hoagiesgifted.org/eric • Davidson Institute Guidebooks  www.gt-cybersource.org  Advocating for Exceptionally Gifted Young People: A Guidebook  Considering the Options: A Guidebook for Investigating Early College Entrance (Parents & Students versions)  Mentorship: A Guidebook
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  19. 19. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Curriculum • Enrichment  Interactive  Reading lists • Curriculum Units  Every topic, grade level  Many include educational objectives met • Complete Classes  Middle & High school
  20. 20. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Enrichment • Hoagies’ Kids & Teens Links  www.hoagiesgifted.org/links.htm  Art, Theater, Music  Books & Authors  Brain Teasers, Logic Puzzles & Optical Illusions  Interactive Challenges  For the Love of Words  Math & Multiplication  Science & Natural Science  Social Studies, Economics, Geography  Space  Young Kids
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  25. 25. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Curriculum Units • Internet Investigations  www.hoagiesgifted.org/investigations.htm  Lesson Plan Collections K-12+ • Illuminations (math) • JetStream (weather) • Kennedy Center ArtsEdge (art) • NASA Educational Materials Finder • NOVA (PBS programs) • Smithsonian • Xpeditions (geography)  Individual Lesson Plans, too
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  30. 30. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Complete Online Courses • (Free) Online High School Courses  www.hoagiesgifted.org/online_hs.htm  Ready-made curriculum • Content, Evaluations, Text  Some kids respond better than others to online learning • Run trial lessons • Determine if course suits child  Include discussion time… • Parent, teacher, mentor, older student  Download the course website • WebWhacker**
  31. 31. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Convincing Your School… • Review the materials thoroughly • Learn school policy on independent study for credit  State policy / accepted course list  Find advocate within the system • Get necessary approval • Excellent option for…  Lower-SES schools  Block / 6-day scheduled schools  High-level acceleration at any grade level
  32. 32. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Middle & High School Options • Assorted  MIT OpenCourseWare Video Courses  National Repository of Online Courses, Monterey Institute  UCBerkeley on YouTube • English / Literature  SCORE Literature Cyberguides  Principals of Composition  Debate Central: Critical Advocacy • Science  Forensics Illustrated: Step Under the Tape  General Biology, Chemistry  AP Physics, Biology, Environmental Science
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  38. 38. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Middle & High School Options • Math  Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Statistics  AP Calculus, Statistics • History  Digital History  AP U.S. History, U.S. Government  My Own Business • Languages  Ancient or Modern Greek, French, German, Italian, Icelandic, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese • Electives  Astronomy, Music Theory & Appreciation, History of Religion, Computers
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  44. 44. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Professional Development • Support our teachers! • Online Communities, Blogs, Support Lists  Gifted Online Conferences (NING)  2eEducator  Unwrapping the Gifted  Davidson Institute Educators Guild  CGEP Network (APA)  Belin Blank Gifted Teachers Listserv • Professional development curriculum…
  45. 45. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Gifted Education Professional Development Package • Early childhood, primary & secondary • Core, extension and specialisation  Understanding Giftedness  Identification of Gifted Students  Social and Emotional Development  Underachievement  Curriculum Differentiation  Developing Programmes and Provisions • www.dest.gov.au/sectors/school_education/publicat
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  48. 48. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Social-Emotional Support • SENG  www.sengifted.org  Articles and research  Annual Conference • Davidson Young Scholars  www.davidsonyoungscholars.org  Exceptionally / profoundly gifted ages 5-18  Wide variety of support available…
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  51. 51. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Online Access to… Conferences • Local, State, National, International…  NAGC  NAGC State Affiliates  Local school district groups  SENG  SENG Parenting Groups  Beyond IQ  CTY / CTD / TIP Family Conferences
  52. 52. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Internet Safety • PC Security  It’s not just your mother’s antivirus program any more! • Privacy  You may be surprised what’s known about you  And your home  And…
  53. 53. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney PC Security • Anti-Virus  Current definitions! • Anti-Spyware  One scan, one memory resident • Windows critical and security updates • Phishing!  Don’t click anywhere on an unexpected pop-up • Google Toolbar • www.hoagiesgifted.org/pc_security.htm
  54. 54. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Privacy • Learn all about yourself…  www.Naymz.com  www.ZoomInfo.com  www.ZabaSearch.com • Learn about your house!  www.zillow.com • Set up Google Alerts on yourself and family  www.google.com/alert • Register for Do Not Call; renew every 5 years  www.donotcall.gov
  55. 55. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Privacy Loss is Forever… • Wayback Machine  www.archive.org  Historical snapshots of websites back to 1996 • Boards and Mailing Lists  Archives
  56. 56. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney Special Note… • The internet is free, but Internet websites are not… • Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page is supported by your affiliate program purchases  Shop through Hoagies’ Page links  No cost to you; small percentage goes to Hoagies
  57. 57. ©2008 C. Kottmeyer & K. Kearney The Gifted Parent Online: Totally Free Internet Tools for Parent Support & Advocacy Questions? Thank you!

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