An Interview with Roya Kligner: Posted from Prague

Aug 9, 2011 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico

1) Roya, I understand that you are now in Prague. What exactly are you doing there?

I am in Prague to attend the 19th Conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and spend some time visiting the city. I have 2 presentations and one video this time for the Conference.

2) What is the name of the conference at which you are presenting and what is the theme?

The 19th Biennial World Conference of the WCGTC: Making a World of Difference for Gifted Children.

3) Let’s discuss each presentation separately. What was the title of the first presentation and what was it about?

My first presentation was together with Dr. Monita Leavitt about the Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education. We will try to explain the event from 2 different perspectives, one from me as organizer and one from her as invited speaker.

About the Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education:

Exploring the possibilities of Gifted Education in Second Life The purpose of the conference is to cultivate a global virtual meeting, sharing knowledge and experience about gifted education for students, educators, teachers and parents. The concept for these meetings was created by me and the first meeting was held in August 2010. For this monthly event, we invited speakers from around the world and it is free of charge.

4) Now the second presentation- what was the title and can you summarize it for us?

My second presentation is about my work in the Bavarian Center for Gifted and Talented Children with the title, Solution Oriented Consulting Gifted Children. 

About the Solution Oriented Consulting Gifted Children:

Solution oriented consulting focuses primarily on solutions instead of the problems. It helps children to employ their talents and their creativity to discover the solutions on their own with a minimum of outside guidance.

5) Could you tell us about your adventures in Second Life?

I started Second Life on first November 2003. Everything was very new for me. “I’ m lost here” that was my first thought but I started to learn by myself about it. Asked people, read books and articles and learned step by step about things like, virtual world, avatars, photoshop, scripting and more. As soon as I noticed the endless possibilities to share knowledge in Second Life, I had the idea to use them for virtual meetings but the time was not right. After the movie “Avatar” by James Cameron, I thought it is the perfect time to make my ideas come true. :-)

6) Where will the next conference be held?

The Next Conference will be in New Zealand 2013.

7) I have been lucky enough to have been to Prague- but for those readers who have not, could you briefly describe the city?

Prague, the Capital City of the Czech Republic.Praha (The name of the city in Czech) is known as the pearl of Europe; it is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled cities in Europe. Here, the natural forms of the land and the river have been enhanced by ten centuries of constructing a significant cultural center. Although the city was isolated behind the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, it has now resumed its place as a major intellectual center of Europe. When you walk in the city, it is as if you were walking in an art museum.

8) What are the people like?

They are very talented, creative and friendly.

9) Could you say a few words about the bridges and churches?

One of Prague’s most romantic sights, a stroll on Charles Bridge presents fine views of Prague Castle, the Vltava River and many of Prague’s famous riverside attractions. Charles Bridge connects the Old Town to the Lesser Town (Mala Strana).
When you cross the bidges of Prague the music by Smetana seems to linger in the air.

The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn dominates one side of the Old Town Square in Prague. A powerful looking Gothic church with a baroque interior, the building can be seen from all over Prague. I like Prague.

10) What have I neglected to ask?

I don’ t know. :-)

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