Some Online Resources for Gifted Students, Their Families and Teachers

For kids – general websites: - all sorts of stuff!

For kids – STEM-type activities - Byrdseed TV – opens again after 1st July - Tynker coding for kids, currently free, usually have to pay though - everything space-related from NASA - experiments, science games, links to other things too - NZ’s own Nanogirl, Michelle Dickinson’s STEM projects – have to pay though

For kids – language, arts and humanities activities - Byrdseed TV – opens again after 1st July - free online library - great selection of poems for any topic – free art classes– explore an enormous array of arts, places and cultures

For families and teachers – general info + learning/teaching ideas to check out before your kids use them: - Ministry of Education website - NZ government website - NZ Association for Gifted Children; a parent-based organisation that supports gifted children and their families; worth joining; runs a library, forum, kids’ and adults’ workshops - a very comprehensive and useful site, definitely worth a look - NAGC is the US National Association for Gifted Children – an extensive resource – a world expert, especially twice-exceptional children and the actual lived experience of being gifted; useful website with lots of information - Kentucky Association of Gifted Education (KAGE) has been around for ages; they offer all sorts of good stuff, now including their own list of online resources - I think Ian Byrd is great – well known to most, a vast array of things to learn about - for 2-7 year olds - many talks are suitable for kids - educational videos and games – some (not all) of these projects are good for kids - lots of visual and performing arts ideas - lesson plans designed to challenge

For families and teachers – emotional and social wellbeing: - SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) has been around since 1981; now requires paid membership, but offers a lot – advice from a neuroscientist about coping with pandemic anxiety – has other relevant posts as well - Michele Kane’s advice for parents, plus a section for kids – Dr Sal Mendaglio - general, plus some specific ideas about handling Covid-19 stress

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