The Role of Technology in Providing Effective Gifted Education Services in Clustered Classrooms

Geri Collins (Mercer University, USA), Jeffrey Hall (Mercer University, USA), and Bridget Taylor (Mercer University, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 435
EISBN13: 9781466675162|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6489-0.ch019
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The purpose of this chapter is to examine the rationale of clustered classrooms and to explore methods of using technology to enhance the educational outcomes of gifted students in clustered classrooms. The need for this training is great because clustered classrooms can help teachers overcome the problems associated with mixed-ability groupings, tight budgets, and accusations of elitism that often plague gifted education services (Brulles & Winebrenner, 2012). The chapter includes research-based strategies for facilitating clustered classrooms, provides ideas for incorporating technology across multiple content areas, identifies what exemplary student products should look like, and offers a sample lesson plan that can be adapted to cultivate problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and collaboration in a clustered classroom. By highlighting and examining these issues, the authors hope that more teachers will utilize the clustered classroom model, providing outstanding educational opportunities that can benefit all students.
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