Assistive Technology for Gifted & Talented Students

Instructor: April Gwen Ellsworth

April has a master's degree in psychology and has experience teaching special populations from preschoolers to adults.

Assistive technology is among the most versatile and enriching sources for meeting the academic, motivational, and social needs of gifted and talented students. Read on for approaches and specific assistive technology resources.

Assistive Technology for Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted and talented students need opportunities to perform at naturally higher levels of creativity and academic performance. Content should be engaging, and pacing should be challenging in order to foster motivation and decrease the chance of underachievement.

Assistive technology, technology that helps students reach their full potential, is often associated with children with disabilities. But it has many beneficial functions that can extend to gifted and talented students. It allows for multiple levels of enrichment activities that support classroom instruction and self-pacing curricula. It also provides opportunities for high-level problem solving and collaboration. Assistive technology is an excellent tool for the classroom teacher as well as in the home-based learning environment.

Specific Needs of Gifted and Talented Students

Students who are gifted and talented can have their core needs met through assistive technology in the following ways:

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