Posted by: ACFE Inc | July 22, 2011

On the 5th day of NPGCW: Gifted Education Goes Global

For my final blog on National Parenting Gifted Children Week, I would like to highlight ways that people are coming together globally to address the needs of gifted children. From Saudia Arabia to virtual meetups online, educators and parents across the world are finding ways to connect about how to foster the abilities and potential of our gifted children, and there are lots of ways you can get involved.

“It is my sincere honor and pleasure to welcome all participants, presenters, and speakers to this prestigious international conference. King Faisal University is privileged to host a conference which seeks to address the challenges of our generation by promoting the interests of the next generation’s problem solvers – the gifted and talented youth.”  These are the welcoming words addressed to all who visit the website for the International Conference for Talent Development and Excellence by Dr. Yousef bin Muhammad Al Jindan, President of King Faisal University.  This conference will be taking place in Jubail, Saudi Arabia on November 26 – 30, 2011.  This will be the International Research Association for Talent Develoment and Excellence’s second conference. This year’s theme is “Talent and Excellence: Parallel Paths New Beginnings”.  The conference will be focusing on Giftedness Research (identification, counseling, special programs for the gifted, motivation, self-regulated learning, twice exceptionality), Expertise Research, Innovation and Creativity Research, and Research on the Economics of Gifted Education. There are many keynote speakers from all over the world who will be speaking at the conference on topics including, but not limited to “Underachievement to Suicide: How Students Cope with Being Gifted”, “Nurturing Giftedness and Creativity in Schools”, “Expertise vs. Talent”, “Developing Self-regulated Learning Skills in Gifted Children”, and “Primary and Secondary Influences on the Development of Sporting Excellence”. Registration and more information can be found on the conference website.

Now, flying to Saudi Arabia is not a viable option for everyone. If you won’t be able to make it to King Faisal University, I encourage you to check out the Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education in Second LifeSecond Life is an online virtual world that launched in 2003.  It can be completely free to use and allows people to create avatars (in this case, a 3-D representation of yourself) in order to meet other residents (users of Second Life), socialize, (and for the purpose I am writing about today) participate in individual and group activities. Roya Klingner, head and founder of the Bavarian Center for Gifted and Talented Children, conceptualized these meetings and the first global meetings took place last year. This year’s global virtual meetings will use innovative technology to allow students, educators, teachers, and parents come together from around the world–for free–to discuss their knowledge and expertise around gifted education, and to share their questions and best practices. This event begins on July 30 with speakers once a month (from the US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, and China) through January 2012.  There is no fee or charge for these meetings.  All you have to do is create an avatar on Second Life (again, free of charge) and register by following the directions on the above website.

And finally, if this innovative use of technology to forward education interests you, there is Education Week‘s Ed Tech 2012: Boosting Student Achievement, coming to Philadelphia October 4, 2011 and Chicago on October 7, 2011. This one-day event for teachers, administrators, parents, and anyone interested in ed tech to learn from education technology experts about trends as well as its implications–its potential effect on policy and accountability, how to use digital learning for both students and professional development, how to include technology in a tight budget. It is also a great opportunity to meet other people interested in education technology and how it can be used in schools. Register here.



  1. […] On the 5th day of NPGCW: Gifted Education Goes Global « Advocacy … If you won't be able to make it to King Faisal University, I encourage you to check out the Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education in Second Life. Second Life is an online virtual world that launched in 2003. Source: […]

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