Thu 18.09.2014 - 15:20-17:30 - Grafika

Virtual Provisions for Talented Secondary School Students   Paper

Presenter: Barbara Bannister
Author(s): Barbara Bannister, (New South Wales Department of Education & Communities)

Gifted students have been provided the opportunity to study three core subjects through an academically selective virtual high school in western NSW, Australia. At the same time they continue to attend their local public high school for their other subjects. This article presents the mechanisms that have provided this opportunity, including successes and challenges that have been overcome. Students are located across 385,000 km2 and meet online through web conferencing to engage in real time. They are also able asynchronously to access study materials in an online repository.