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
and computer scientist, noted for his coinage of the
term "virtual reality.")
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page:
This is a great site which even includes
contests and resources. It has a separate section
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
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
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
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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Jeeves for Kids (Notice the wonderful study
tools!) For the adult version of this site:
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.
Discovery School.com (Discovery.com
for adults has resources you may find helpful as well.)
find that a search site like
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,
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.
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
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
Take advantage of the
typically installed programs: PowerPoint, Publisher, Word,
Excel, and possibly FrontPage.
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,
Intel QX3 Plus Digital Microscope for your computer
opens the world of magnification and scientific
discovery to your student.
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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.
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:
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
National Wildlife Foundation sponsors a
site that provides hours of learning fun.
National Zoo sponsors an entire page of fascinating web
cams so students can study animal behaviors and
American Museum of Natural History has an entire
"Ology" dedicated to the great "ologies" such as
paleontology, astronomy, marine biology, and more.
System sites abound on the internet. Click on
this link for a Word
document with links and descriptors for some of the best
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
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.
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.
Educational Java Programs site, developed by a Stanford
engineering graduate to improve learning provides projects
10 blocks: exploring whole, decimal numbers, place
value, and even algebra;
exploring fractions with shapes;
Cuisenaire Rods: exploring math skills, fractions and
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
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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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
Links For Learning. You can find lists of
e-book sites, math sites, foreign language sites, and
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