A recent feature in The Guardian newspaper has revealed that many experts believe the use of technology for the children deemed gifted and talented will help to hone their education further. The piece, which covered a gathering of some of the education field’s most highly regarded individuals, tackled the issue of how gifted and talented children can utilise the devices now available to them to enhance their knowledge. The general consensus was that the element of interactivity combined with learning through multiple discourses, rather than one narrative provided by a teacher, can enhance and enrich the learning experience for thousands of bright pupils across the country.
Whether they are carrying out research on an iPad or watching an informative video on an interactive whiteboard, gifted and talented students are thought to be more capable of carrying out independent learning and self-directing their education. The use of technology in classrooms allows them to do exactly this; with interactive teaching, they can engage in a broader range of academic content and personalise the way they learn to better suit their needs.
The use of technology allows the sometimes static school curriculum to become a rich and varied framework for a diverse, in-depth education. Whether navigating through mixed media using a mobile board plus, or completing an e-learning assignment using an e-Pen, gifted and talented children are now afforded a higher volume of access to the education resources that technology has to offer. The Mobile Board Plus is becoming a classroom staple, with teachers given the ability to control the board as they navigate the classroom, and pupils given the opportunity to take part in a more interactive learning experience. e-Pens are also in high demand in schools across the country; they are able to record and store handwritten notes digitally so that children need never worry about losing their homework or forgetting to bring an assignment to class.
The implementation of technology into schools is well under way; thousands of classrooms now have interactive whiteboards and mobile boards integrated into the learning system of their school, whilst the implementation of tablet devices, student intranets and online learning environments gives young pupils access to a broad range of learning tools. The use of smartpens in schools is gathering pace, with the innovative instruments helping children to learn from interactive assignment feedback and also participate in group learning, and they allow for the constant use and re-use of resources by different pupils