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Six Great Internet Resources For Your Gifted or Talented Child

written by: Janelle Martel • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 10/7/2012

Educating students who are gifted and talented can be challenging. Read this article to learn about exciting websites that can be used in the classroom and at home. The best websites for gifted and talented education are offered below.

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    Six Websites - Plus Your Home State's Website

    In order to meet the needs of students who are gifted and talented, teachers need to challenge them and require them to use higher-order thinking skills. Take a look at the half-dozen websites listed below; they represent some of the best websites for gifted and talented education.

    It is also worth your time to check out your state’s department of education website. Teachers, parents, and students may find many resources that are available to them through their own state.

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    A Different Place

    The first website is A Different Place (http://www.adifferentplace.org/). This website has excellent activities for students in all subjects from math to technology and is available for kindergarten through twelfth grade. This website also has many resources for teachers and parents as well. The site provides links to many other other websites categorized by subject. It's a terrific site to visit because of the wide variety of subjects and topics covered. Many parents recommend this website as the first place to look when educating students who are gifted and talented because there is so much for the students to do.

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    Mensa

    If you are looking for something fun for students to do, check out the games at the American Mensa website (http://www.us.mensa.org/play/). It offers fun and challenging games that are updated either daily or on a weekly basis. Kids can also play previous games as well. Students need to do activities just for fun and not always for an academic purpose. If you need to find your child something to do, take a visit to this website; there is definitely enough here to keep them not only busy, but challenged as well.

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    Twice Gifted

    Students that are gifted and talented may also have special needs as well. Twice Gifted (http://www.twicegifted.net/) is a website devoted to students that are not only gifted, but may have a learning disability or various other disabilities. The site provides a wealth of information for parents and teachers such as strategies, characteristics of those students, and also links to other resources. There is also a page called "Famous Faces" that features noteworthy people who have disabiltiies. Leaning that Thomas Edison's teachers told him that he was too stupid to learn anything, for example, could be motivational or inspiring to a student.

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    Extreme Intellect

    Extreme Intellect (http://www.extremeintellect.com/) provides printable worksheets, games, links, and many other resources for students for many subjects and grade levels. This website has a lot of information. It's great to use for extension activities in order to keep gifted and talented students busy and challenged as well. People love it because it covers many different subjects and, along with the core subjects, there are also activities in the areas of music, art, and six different foreign languages.

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    ProProfs Brain Games

    ProProfs Brain Games (http://www.proprofs.com/games/all/) has a number of enriching games that provide great recreation options for gifted and talented students. The range of games on this site include puzzles, logic games, suduko, word games, and brain teasers. The content here offers wonderful ways to help your student pass time, which makes it one of the best websites for gifted and talented education.

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    Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

    The last useful website is Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page (http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/parents.htm). This website, with links for parents, teachers, and students, provides games, homework help, and links for additional resources for parents and educators. A unique thing about this website is that it is also a community. There are links to different mailing lists, message boards, and blogs, as well as information about gifted conferences. This is a very inclusive website.