Other education bookmarks
06:30 PDT, 13 April 2012
This page is a catch-all for education bookmarks that don't fit in
- Abe's reading log
- Occassionally, Abe is required to maintain a reading log for
school or a library program. When that happens, we try to put a copy
of the log on-line, so that relatives can find out what he is reading.
Most of his reading is not recorded, even when he is keeping a log, so
the lists should not be seen as comprehensive.
I have moved the pointers to other book lists to the reading log
- Free Digital Textbook Initiative
- Free digital texts (mainly in science and math), with notes about how
well they allign to the california content standards.
- Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
- Sites within Hoagies' Gifted Education
- Iowa Accel. Scale
- Current Use
- Free online (self-taught) classes from Carnegie-Mellon.
National Association for Gifted Children
- California Association for the Gifted
They have a newsletter http://cagifted.org/gec.htm
that is mostly NOT online---you have to subscribe to it. There
are a very small number of sample articles (not enough to judge
whether the newsletter is valuable or not).
One article that seems moderately useful is a list of "language
arts" web sites http://cagifted.org/gec33342.htm
Unfortunately, they did not bother to make the URLs listed in the
article active, so you have to cut and paste to follow the links.
- A report (in 2 volumes) on the advantages of various forms of
acceleration for gifted students. Contains a good list of gifted
programs (such as EPGY, CTY, ...) and competitions in Appendix F
of vol 1.
American Association for the Gifted
The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide for Ages 10 and Under
- This book was recommended on some mailing lists, and it was a
cheap paperback so we bought it. It turned out to have very
little of interest for a highly gifted kid, and we did not find it
to be very well written.
- Guide to getting A+ grades. This was recommended on one of
the gifted-kid mailing lists for underachievers, but we haven't
needed to look for it yet.
- Summer Institute for the Gifted. Three-week residential summer camp programs at
Amherst, Bryn Mawr, Drew, Oberlin, Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and
Vassar (grades 4-11).
Day camp programs at Fairfield, Hoftstra, Manhattanville, and
Moorestown (grades K-6).
Council for Exceptional Children
- The Association for the Gifted (a division of CEC)
Web site seems to have moved recently, and internal
pointers still point to old site (24 Nov 2001), so
URLS had to be manually retyped, making exploration hard.
Still, this organization doesn't seem to have much on
its web site.
- Gifted Education
- Spring Hill
Private School for Gifted Children in Santa Cruz,
- Abe started attending this school in 4th grade. They do
seem to live up to their philosophy of providing challenge for
each child, doing subject acceleration as needed and
Future Problem Solvers
- National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
- list of gifted & talented resources on the web.
- TAG family Network (This page seems to have disappeared,
and Google has only web pages that point to it.)
World council for Gifted and Talented Children
- very short list of organizations supporting gifted
education, no links.
- Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children.
Web site contains mainly pointers to articles about gifted
education---mostly worth reading.
- Has online courses in math and
computer science for advanced secondary school students.
About $150 a course.
- list of gifted & talented resources on the web.
- publisher for gifted children, has magazine written by kids
called "Creative Kids" written by 8-14-year-olds, also has a
magazine for teachers/parents, and two professional journals.
They have a short, but promising, list of books they publish.
- An online bookstore for children's books.
- A message forum for parents of accelerated learners under the http://welltrainedmind.com/,
which is a book on "classical education at home". Heavily into
home-schooling, of course, but some interesting discussions.
- Charges $10 a year for "membership", but apparently has
- Seems like a generic commercial site for kids---not
specifically for GATE.
- The Davidson Institute provides information and support for
educating profoundly gifted children (approximately IQ above 145).
There are a lot of articles (they claim over 260) on this web
site, at least some of which seem to be quite good. Their free
"Davidson Young Scholars" program sounds particularly interesting.
- Has reading lists and messages to gifted kids, and a page of
University talent search and distance learning for GATE kids
See a more complete list at
UC Berkeley Academic Talent development program
- (programs in the East Bay for k-11).
Stanford's Education Program for Gifted Youth (distance learning)
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (distance learning)
- Acceleration: Evaluating the Controversy over Higher-Speed Education
- A very balanced article about accelerating students.
- Duke University talent Identification Program
- A research and enrichment program run by Columbia University.
Web site seems rather dated (accepting applications for 1998
summer camp), and program appears to be available only in New York.
program focuses on preschool, though math/science classes extend
up to grade 4.
Government sites (not specifically for GATE)
- California Department of Education
- US department of education
- Jacob C. Javits Gifted and Talented Education Program (US
government dept of education). This is a grant program for
schools and education bureaucracies. They also fund the
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
(see list above).
California Learning Resource Network
California Department of Education to "provide a one-stop
information source that enables California educators to
identify supplemental electronic learning resources that both
meet local instructional needs and embody the implementation
of California curriculum frameworks and standards."
Most of the resources (in the small sampling I did) seem to be for
older kids who are "at or below grade level"---not enrichment for
advanced students. A worthy use of taxpayer funds, but not my current
ERIC clearinghouse on assessment and evaluation---has
information about almost all the relevant tests (search for
"gifted", for example).
- College Board
- Educational Testing Service
- A collection of pointers to virtual museum tours and other
virtual field trips. Not as exciting as a real field trip, but
potentially useful for those stuck miles from any museums or other
traditional field trip sites.
- A collection of pointers to other sites covering lesson plans,
learning tools, educational games, ... .
Not a particularly exciting site, and the links are rather loosely
categorized, but there may be something worth following up in some
is a website that reports graduation rates for universities.
You can search by institution and let them pick "comparable"
institutions, or define what you think are comparable
institutions and do your own comparison.
- "Write Like a Babylonian---see your monogram in cuneiform,
the way an ancient Babylonian might have written it."
Quite a fun site. We used it to prepare monograms for kids to
copy onto clay tablets for "Sumeria Day" in 4th grade.
- 5-Pointed Star in One Snip
- Five-Pointed Star - Enchanted Learning Software
- Urban Legends Reference Pages: Language (Ring Around the Rosie)
- A tabular review of 7 different introductory Latin programs.
- A source of free puzzles on the web of various sorts
(math, logic, word puzzles, ...)
- How to tie shoelaces securely
- The Hurried Child
- Many pointers to articles about failures of
educational institutions and pedagogic techniques.
There are articles railing against the misuse of computers in
education on the page
- NAEYC resources: technology---what parents should know
- international Baccalaureate
- The site that replaces the old ERIC search sites.
This is an entry point for ERIC searches.
- The site for gifted education pre-answered questions
and links at eduref. Not very informative.
- Educational resources information center---the official
entry point for ERIC searches.
- Has a searchable database of "gifted education
programs", but the database is small, having only 3 programs in California.
Has a list of publishers and distributors of books for
- These are the "tags" that are supposed to be used for
sorting out messages on the misc.kids.moderated newsgroup. Few
use any tag other than the [META] tag for discussions about the moderation.
- Must-Have Skills for First Grade
- Some useful info, but very obnoxious pop-up ads.
Info has no credits or sources, so hard to verify.
- Yahooligans! - School Bell:Language Arts:Books
- List of sites about specific children's books, organized by book title.
- Lego set inventories
- Brickbay - The Unofficial Online LEGO Shopping Mall
- Welcome to the Varieties of the Balloon Hat Experience
- Web page for Addi Somekh and Charlie Eckert and their
voyage to make and photograph balloon hats around the world.
- Tom Chapin's Official Web Site
- Someone recommended this singer for both kids and adults, but I haven't listened
to any of his stuff yet.
- Gunnar Madsen has done a couple of great CDs for
kids: Old Mr. Mackle Hackle and Ants in My Pants.
Overview of Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate
Practices for Young Children
A joint position of the International Reading Association (IRA) and
the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
AMC Montessori Resource Directory. Pointers to several commercial
companies with various educational products.
- A commercial site explaining the "paint-by-grids" method for
teaching sketching preliminary to painting, for a company that sells
canvases with wash-off grids and clear plastic grids to place over photos.
- A site for short mystery stories for kids.
- An interesting essay defending the need for children to read a
fair amount of rubbish.
Sabbaticals in Spring 2002 and Spring 2004 forced me to find
appropriate schooling for my son in Seattle.
- An unofficial overview of the APP program.
- Madrona School, where Abe went in Spring 2002, though at that time
the school was temporarily located in a different place, in the
Lincoln? High School building.
- The (private) school he went to in Spring 2004.
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