You Might Need Coffee For This One…
In Martin Weller’s 25 Years of Ed-Tech, the years 2002 up to and including 2011, are quite relevant to my practice today. I have recently been tasked with providing a program/support to the gifted students in my K-12 school district. We are a relatively small district with approximately 6000 students, and we have had no gifted-ed program or supports for the last 15 or more years. In June of this past year, I was tasked with creating a Gifted Program.
I set to work reading, researching and learning the ‘best practices’ in gifted-ed. The common thread that I kept coming across was that these students needed to be challenged, and they need to interact with like-minded peers (Wallace, Sisk & Senior, 2018). With these students ranging from ages 8 to 18, my first problem was; what does that even look like? These students are spread across the district, spanning many buildings and schedules. Enter Web 2.0, blogs, videos, e-portfolios, and personal learning environments (Weller, 2020).
As Weller discusses quite eloquently through these chapters, and as Dr. George Veletsianos discussed with me in an earlier blog, connectivism as pedagogy, or at least as a set of principles (Weller, 2020).
Weller (2020), discusses the varied use of e-portfolios (p.102), and I am hopeful that by addressing the explicit teaching of e-portfolios, and how and why they can work for a student at a young age, we will see an upturn in their usefulness in the future.
Wallace, B., Sisk, D. A., & Senior, J. (Eds). (2018). The SAGE Handbook of Gifted and Talented Education. London, England: Sage.
Weller, M. (2020). 25 years of ed tech. Athabasca University Press. https://doi.org/10.15215/aupress/9781771993050.01