Looking for ideas for working with gifted and talented learners?

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Gifted and talented learners are sometimes seen as the students who already have a head start. However, the challenge is to work with a range of students who are on a continuum – to have sufficient differentiation to maintain motivation and extend learning. A tough ask! However, there are some really useful resources available.

The first set of resources is from the UK and comprise:

For some super examples of projects that are underway you might like to visit the Edgecumbe College space (designed and set up by Anne Sturgess), and the Learn Now projects (designed and coordinated by Jo Gibson).

If you are based in NZ (or even if you’re not), you may find the Ministry of Education, TKI resource useful, as there is information and resources available for parents / whanau, students, and teachers. You might also consider joining The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children.

If anyone has any other ideas resources, or great sites – or would like to share their experiences, please pop comments below 🙂

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About ictenhancedlearningandteaching

I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ (http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/). I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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