Next week Stanford University will be offering an online course “Designing a New Learning Environment,” with instructor Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Dean, School of Education, Stanford University. Running from October 15 through December 20th, the course is project based and will require attendees to create virtual teams in order to complete.
According to the course description: “we invite educators, school leaders, researchers, students, parents, entrepreneurs, computer programmers, illustrators, interface designers, and all those who are interested in working together, to create a new learning environment.” My proposal? That we assemble a virtual team of parents of gifted students and gifted students themselves and focus on creating a new learning environment for gifted learners.
If you are interested please sign up for the course on the Venture Lab website and then come and find me on the course Discussion Forum during the first two weeks of the program (I have no idea what that interface looks like yet but I am sure we can figure it out.) Because I want to create an innovative model I want to keep the team confined to parents of academically gifted students and academically gifted students. Why? Because many of us have already been creating innovative blended learning models out of necessity (the mother of invention, remember?)
Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counselling in order for them to develop optimally. (The Columbus Group, 1991)
Won’t you join me?