Carrying out an inquiry into how e-learning could support differentiation for gifted learners was a natural outcome of this combination of interests. Not long into this inquiry I become aware of the avalanche of possibilities for differentiation offered by the wealth of resources, apps, sites, blogs, and programs that have been, and continue to be, produced. The question quickly became not “Can we differentiate using e-learning tools?” but rather “Are there tools that lend themselves more to supporting gifted learners than others?” and, yes, there are and they continue to be produced and improved.
The ideas and tools presented here can only ever represent the very tip of the tools iceberg - what I consider to be the best option today is likely to have been surpassed in its usefulness tomorrow. I should warn you that I’m not an ‘early up-taker’ unless the evidence of value for time and effort is immediately apparent – I regard myself as a 'discerning up-taker' and am more likely to be the one saying to the enthusiasts “But what USE is it? How will it help improve outcomes for students?” Whether or not e-learning tools enhance learning opportunities for students is entirely dependent on good teaching practice and preparation, a willingness to adopt and adapt others' ideas and, most importantly, on how well teachers know the strengths, needs and interests of their students.
This website is a way of sharing my learning with you and I hope that you, in turn, will share your knowledge and skills with me and others who visit this site. Please make use of the Blog to add your favourite links, tweeters, tools, apps & e-learning ideas for teaching gifted students. The world of education is full of people who share their wisdom, creativity and 'intellectual property' in the hope that it will be used to serve learners - thank you for being one of them.