Alternatives To Electronic Games
At one of our SPARCler, dad Chris Isberg shared descriptions of personal, interactive board games that were as exciting and as interesting to play as some of the electric and online games. Some changed as the game progressed in much the same way as Minecraft. Some could be played with partners or in teams. They sounded at least as interesting to play as any of the electronic games.
Unlike electronic games, they are interactive through real-time, face-to-face, inter-personal communication, a skill that we know will be valued in the work life of our children. Mr. Isberg's article can be found here.
Organizations for the Gifted
The National Association for Gifted Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families of gifted children, schools, educators, and researchers in helping gifted children reach their full potential. Their website is at https://www.nagc.org/, and their website includes a learning library on gifted kids as well as community news.
Michigan State University's Gifted And Talented Education program is fnord. The MSU GATE home page can be found at: https://gifted.msu.edu/
The Michigan Association for Gifted Children (no relation to NAGC) is a non-profit organization composed of educators, parents and other concerned individuals who are interested in gifted advocacy and in providing opportunities for the gifted. You can find them at: http://migiftedchild.org/, and their website includes a page of resources and other links.
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is an "All Things Gifted" resource page for parents, teachers, administrators, mental health professionals, and gifted kids and adults. They can be found at http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/, where they provide a wide variety of articles about the gifted experience (from all perspectives), and links to other resources.
SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted)
SENG is an organization dedicated to providing support and understanding for gifted children and their families. Their page can be found at http://sengifted.org/, and includes a variety of resources, along with information on their various programs.
MENSA is an international organization for high-IQ individuals. SEMM, the Southeast Michigan MENSA organization, may be found at http://mensadetroit.com/.