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How Gifted Students Learn In order to enhance learning for gifted students one must first understand how gifted students learn Hebert lists the social and emotional traits characteristics and behaviors evidenced in gifted students which include high expectations of self and others--perfectionism internal motivation and inner locus of control emotional sensitivity intensity and depth empathy advanced levels of moral maturity with consistency between values and actions strong need for self-actualization highly developed sense of humor and resilience 2011 p 55 Research shows gifted students perceive themselves to be highly responsible for and committed to their learning prefer to learn through their tactile and kinesthetic sense prefer learning alone do not need structure and indicate less preference for using the auditory sense for learning Thomson 2010 p 665 Additionally gifted students understand complex ideas enjoy theory and often prefer abstract themes and concepts and tend to be open and flexible in their learning Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast 2011 para 1 Educators of gifted students should strive to provide challenges within the curriculum through application-type tasks and mastery goal orientation Little 2012 Appropriate technology implementation provides challenges as well as opportunities for students to work with material learned opposed to simply learning about the material Technology creates value and interest through meaningful connections and relevancy to the lives of students Little 2012 In order to maintain student interest and relevancy curricula must regard the ever-increasing use of technology in students daily activities Using technology not only builds skills essential for the future work place but also lends itself toward higher order thinking Engaging assignments that provide authentic opportunities to demonstrate learning are possible with technology Little 2012 Much technology used in the classroom is merely tools for creating something new therefore students working with technology are often hold responsibility for creating meaning Lastly technology has the capacity to fill the gaps in traditional curriculum gifted students encounter With that said educators should integrate technology into the gifted
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