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An Interview with Roya Klingner: Been to Spain

May 9, 2013 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

1) Roya, first of all, for our readers, could you tell us a bit about who you are and what you do ?

I am Head and founder of the Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children. A former gifted child with a vision to help and support talented kids, who are just as different from average kids of the same age.

I am a specialist in Gifted education, a mother and a Solution Oriented Therapist for Gifted Children.

2) What current research topics are you involved with?

My current research focuses on using technology in gifted education and Solution oriented coaching for underachievers.

3) I understand that you want to collaborate with some American universities on a research project. Tell us about it.

Well, I am interested to share my experiences about technology and the use of virtual worlds in gifted education. I have been developing a project since 2010. It is called the Global virtual meeting for gifted education (http://www.gcgtc.com/events/virtual-events/) We have now so many resources and experiences from all around the world, which I would like to share with an university. We also have a project for gifted kids in an opensim, The world of Begabungs (http://world.begabungs.com/).

Both projects offer a lot of scientific opportunities to researchers and scientists for the future of education.

4) What are the challenges in Germany, and what are you about to do next month? Tell us about that also?

Good question. If we call problems as challenges, then I have many challenges to deal with in Germany. The first of all is a lack of unity in the education system and unity in the gifted education community in Germany. I hope, one day we will be able to work together for a better future of our gifted kids but this needs a lot of pioneer work here.

Next month, I am planning the first gifted awareness week in Germany from June 3rd to June 9th. It includes a series of blogs, interviews and articles from Gifted Educators, Parents of Gifted kids and Gifted kids as well. We have some events in virtual and real world for gifted kids and interested people as well. You can find all the necessary information on our website soon. (http://www.gcgtc.com/)

In July, I am an invited speaker at the Conference in the United Kingdom.

(https://www.iggy.net/globalandgifted) and I am going to talk about “The use of Technology in Gifted Education”. It will be totally different than what I already spoke about at the conference “Mobile technology in mobile learning: a challenge schools have to face” in LOGROÑO, Spain.

(http://www.jornadasml.org) last week. I do not like repetition!

5) I know that you have also done a good deal of writing- tell us about your latest endeavors.

I worked on a chapter of the book: “The Nurturing of Talent, Skills and Abilities”, which will be published by Nova Publisher

(https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=40709)

My Chapter (Number 10) is about “Development and Nurturance of Giftedness”.

This chapter centers on the following topics:

1. Definition of Giftedness from an international perspective

2. Why is development of talents and potential important for our

society in the 21st century?

3. How can we nurture Giftedness in our bright kids best?

4. Development and Nurture of Giftedness in different countries

This is a great book, which I recommend for every gifted center and university library.

6) What have I neglected to ask?

I think you have forgotten to ask me about our upcoming conference in Touluse in October, where we are going to celebrate Professor Gagné´s birthday as

well.(http://www.gcgtc.com/the-development-of-giftedness-and-talent-in

-21st-century/conference/)

7) How can people contact you and your organization?

The best way to contact me is via the contact form on our website: http://www.gcgtc.com/contact-us/

We are always ready to help and support gifted children, their parents and their educators.

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