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" We already knew that kids learned computer technology more easily than adults.  What we're seeing now is that they don't even need to be taught.  It is as if children were waiting all these centuries for someone to invent their native language."

 
--Jaron Lanier 
(American composer and computer scientist, noted for his coinage of the term "virtual reality.")

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Hoagiesí Gifted Education Page:  This is a great site which even includes contests and resources. It has a separate section for Kids and Teens. 

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth has many programs and resources for Gifted and Talented youth and their families. They offer extension courses and summer programs around the country for students from 2nd grade through 12th grade.

Gifted and Talented World Website: This site has hundreds of links to valuable resources.

Prufrock Press is one of the leading publishers that supports the education of Gifted and Advanced Learners. Creative Kids Magazine is a journal dedicated to publishing the works of students.

The Genius Denied website has parent, student, and teacher resources as well as book lists.  There is even a link for students to connect with others who have the same style of thinking and learning that they do.

Gifted-Children.com, is the website for the Gifted Children monthly magazine. You can find articles like "What's Bad about being Too Good" and other common issues that come with raising gifted children.

The National Association for Gifted Children has a vast collection of articles that offer new or creative insights about giftedness and talent development as it impacts students in our homes, schools, and society.

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Ask Jeeves for Kids (Notice the wonderful study tools!) For the adult version of this site: Ask Jeeves

Scholastic.com (Families, Kids, Teachers, Librarians) In addition to finding answers and visiting with experts don't miss the exciting Harry Potter Essay Contest. Click on the link to the right.

PBS  (Also visit the Kid's Site, Parent's Site, and Teacher's Site)

Discovery School.com (Discovery.com for adults has resources you may find helpful as well.)

You might find that a search site like Clusty is perfect for your child's style of thinking. It "clusters" the results of the search by topic. Tom March, a former Poway teacher has a great website, Ozline, that has valuable search tools at the bottom of the page, including Clusty.

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           Video Editing Adventures

Students born after 1980 have been aptly described as digital natives. Technology is a vital learning tool for this generation. A video camera and Pinnacle Studio 9 Plus are powerful communication tools in the hands of today's highly visual students.

Visit the Apples in Education site to see how teachers across the country are inspiring student learning through the use of digital tools in their classrooms.  Make sure to explore some of the great learning experiences on their Lesson Ideas page. 

PUSD students have also been using the power of digital technology to learn to read and tell time. For a sample movie and lessons describing how you can use digital video in your classroom, visit the First Grade Filmmakers Win 1st site.

Good Readers | Time Team | Behind the Scenes

Software Programs

Take advantage of the typically installed programs: PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, Excel, and possibly FrontPage.

"Eyewitness software", "Skywatcher", and "Diary Maker" (from Scholastic) are great matches for GATE students.

When possible, consider adding a video camera, Pinnacle Studio 9 Plus (or Video Explosion, iMovie or your preferred video-editing tool) and a DVD burner to your family's collection of computer resource tools. (These tools are also powerful for story-telling, memory-making, history-recording...)

Software Tools

An Intel QX3 Plus Digital Microscope for your computer opens the world of  magnification and scientific discovery to your student.

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Peregrine Falcons, Tower City/Cleveland, Ohio.  The Ohio Division of Wildlife and APK.net have teamed up to present one of the most exciting real world science projects online.  Students have a rare opportunity to develop literacy skills as they read posts, complete research projects, and record observations of the mating, nesting, hatching, and parenting behaviors of peregrine falcons. Students practice their observation and scientific research skills by watching and journaling about the behavior of falcons on a web cam and later analyzing those recorded observations. As the students compare their personal observations and inferences with those made by professional biologists, they will naturally be challenged to learn new scientific concepts. Raptors in the City provides excellent additional resources to make this project an outstanding real world learning experience. We also have a district site, Falcon Quest that you'll want to visit for additional research sites and tools to complement this study. Students in Lynne Harvey's 4/5 class at Rolling Hills elementary have maintained a website of their studies related to the FalconCam for several years. Visit their amazing work at:

For fascinating animations created by NASA scientists in an effort to visualize collected data, visit their Holo-Globe of Cumulative Earthquake activity.  For an index of all of the animations currently available on their site, visit this link: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Center Index of the Animation Series.

BrainPop has great video and Flash animations that help students explore many fields of study. They have an especially rich section of science videos.

The National Wildlife Foundation sponsors a kids' site that provides hours of learning fun.

The National Zoo sponsors an entire page of fascinating web cams so students can study animal behaviors and habitats virtually.

The American Museum of Natural History has an entire website, "Ology" dedicated to the great "ologies" such as paleontology, astronomy, marine biology, and more.

Solar System sites abound on the internet. Click on this link for a Word document with links and descriptors for some of the best sites.

Barbara Feldman has an excellent site titled Surfing the Net with Kids that has collections of the best web sites for kids sorted topically. Her science links are outstanding.

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The web is filled with hundreds of mathematics adventures of every kind.  one web site that is particularly motivating for GATE students is the AIMS Math and Science web site. Their  Puzzle Corner presents interesting challenges every month.

To tour the web while looking for the answers to math problems, visit: Scholastic's Math Hunt website. Or you may want to try your skills on Math Maven's Mysteries  or  Max's Math Adventures.

You'll also find resources for every sort of math need at the PreK-5 Technology Resources For Math site.  Don't miss the great Java tools. The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives groups the tools by grade level and national math standard. The Educational Java Programs site, developed by a Stanford engineering graduate to improve learning provides projects for Base 10 blocks: exploring whole, decimal numbers, place value, and even algebra; Pattern Blocks,clipart/sc1cl34a.gif exploring fractions with shapes; Cuisenaire Rods: exploring math skills, fractions and more; Fraction Bars: exploring equivalent fractions, ordering fractions, adding fractions, and more; Clocks: practice telling time.) New resources have been added for telling time as well! (Visit the Time Clock game at Primary Games.com)

 

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Once you have discovered your child's unique strengths and needs you'll find there are many online resources that are PERFECT to support their learning! The Online Literacy Resources page can be navigated by your choice of literacy topics or skills using the labeled books on the left side of the page.  Publishing Student Work online, Reference Tools, and Writing Contests will be especially interesting to GATE students. Don't miss the link to the Visual Thesaurus, a great tool for all writers! You'll find some real-world learning opportunities that will truly inspire learning.

Be sure to check out the Writing with Writers lessons on Scholastic.com.  Also, if you want to have opportunities to talk to your favorite authors online, be sure to check the Scholastic Author Visit calendar. Currently it holds all the transcripts from this year's chats. Watch for them to post the authors who are coming in the 2005-2006 school year. You'll also find a lot of great information about your favorite authors on their Authors and Books Site.  You might want to join the Flashlight Reader's Club to visit with your favorite authors and their books. You can post comments to share with other readers around the world. Or, best of all, you might consider starting a "Dear America Mother/Daughter Book Club" with other Dear America Mother book fans in your neighborhood or school. Here is a link to the main site for all the activities that accompany the "Dear America Book Series."

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The Links for Learning website highlights additional resources for students and parents to use at home. Some of the sites are identical to those used on the math and literacy pages above. But, you'll find additional treasures for student learning including great homework help sites on this page. Links For LearningYou can find lists of e-book sites, math sites, foreign language sites, and more.

 

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Edited on: 03/27/2008 by Linda Foote
Instructional Curriculum Specialists
Poway Unified School District 
lcfoote@sdcoe.k12.ca.us
©June 2002