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The Policy and implementation strategies for the education of gifted and talented students: Support package: Curriculum differentiation (2004) (pdf 1345kb) provides an introduction to curriculum differentiation for gifted and talented students and is suitable for all stages of schooling. It needs to be read in conjunction with the Policy and implementation strategies for the education of gifted and talented students (revised 2004) and its companion document (2004) (pdf 270kb). The purpose of differentiating the curriculum is to provide appropriate learning opportunities for gifted and talented students. Three important characteristics of gifted students that underscore the rationale for curriculum differentiation (Van Tassel–Baska, 1988) are the capacity to: learn at faster rates
Among certain circles (my family, some of my coworkers, etc.) I'm known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. My Google-fu is a helpful skill, but not one that's shrouded in too much mystery — I've just mastered some very helpful search tricks and shortcuts and learned to quickly identify the best info in a list of results. Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one. A recent study at Illinois Wesleyan University found that fewer than 25% of students could perform a "reasonably well-executed search."
Picturing to Learn - Misconceptions in Science "When I became responsible for teaching others ... through drawing ... I really had to understand the science and learned a great deal from the process." — Mariana Shnayderman, MIT student, 2003 The Picturing to Learn program was founded on the following core premises: drawings made by science students for the purpose of teaching others reveal misconceptions those drawings provide teachers with direct feedback on what students are and are not "getting," to help promote more effective teaching the process of creating a drawing to teach others has the potential to deepen students' understanding of scientific concepts Picturing to Learn was funded by the National Science Foundation, DUE from 2007-2010.
Course participants offer their ideas about ways to use these fun free tools in instructional situations and other academic applications. One of the most meaningful and informative types of communication that happens through education technology blogs like this one is when teachers share their experiences and ideas about how to use technology in the educational setting. Last summer, EmergingEdTech ran an online workshop in which participants learned about a variety of free digital presentation tools. With each tool, we got hands-on and created brief presentations, and then discussed our experiences and shared ideas on how we might use these tools in our professional roles. Teacher’s recommendations for academic uses of 5 fun free presentation tools