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GLL Family Program courses are designed around activities that children complete with their parents, both at the computer and away from the screen. Master instructors guide parents through activities while modeling how to help develop students’ higher-order thinking skills. Online, real-time discussions allow participants to share their discoveries and collaborate with other family groups from around the globe within a secure and private online environment. Blending convenient “on-demand” activities with occasional “live” sessions has been appealing both to families with students in traditional schools looking for flexible out-of-school enrichment and for homeschooling families seeking to provide a customized core curriculum and opportunities for positive peer interaction.

Details

Application Process

There are no test scores or further documentation required for participation in the Family Program. The best criterion to ensure success is that the child has an interest in the topic and at least one family member has time to work with the student.

Course Environment

Students will work with parent(s) on engaging course activities, requiring 2-5 hours per week. Courses feature:

  • Regularly scheduled online meetings
  • Discussion boards
  • Core exercises as well as a variety of supplemental/extension projects

Technical Requirements

  • Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser.
  • Participation in “live” online sessions may require a computer microphone or headset.
  • While iPads and tablet computers may be sufficient for most coursework, some web tools and/or websites may require the use of a computer or laptop.

Program Orientation

  • Acceptance notifications are sent via e-mail upon receipt of a completed application.  
  • Prior to the course start date, students receive login information allowing them to gain access to the learning management system, Schoology, which houses Gifted LearningLinks courses.  
  • Course access begins on the official start date.
  • Syllabi, assignments, timelines, discussion boards, links and more are found on the course site, which is available 24/7.
  • Primary communication with the course instructor and/or classmates occurs within the learning management system.  
  • Online, real-time discussions allow participants to share their discoveries and collaborate with other family groups from around the world.

Evaluations

Students will receive a certificate of participation at the conclusion of the course.

For Schools

For information on how schools can partner with Gifted LearningLinks, visit our Partner Opportunities page.

Courses

Scratch Jr (gr K-1)

September 15, 2016 - November 17, 2016
Description

Scratch Jr. is the newest version of the educational Scratch programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab. Designed to provide a fun and accessible introduction to learning to program, Scratch Jr. is a visual programming language that students use to bring interactive digital stories and games to life. Young programmers and their families will use Scratch Jr. along with traditional methods like drawing, writing and dramatization as they learn to code while developing logical and creative thinking skills.

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Computer Science & Technology
Location
Online

Edible Geography (gr K-1)

September 15, 2016 - November 17, 2016
Description

 Move over books and pencils, students are taking geography to the kitchen! From plate tectonics to landform history, students will learn about geographical features around them in hands-on, edible lessons.

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Social Sciences & Humanities
Location
Online

Storybook Math (gr K-1)

September 15, 2016 - November 17, 2016
Description

Stories are a part of who we are. Stories can create happiness and understanding. Through this course, students will have an opportunity to make math just as exciting and motivating as stories. Turning stories into math problems and math problems into stories, we will take a closer look at how two seemingly different disciplines can work together to foster some truly inspiring learning.

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Mathematics
Location
Online

Making Music (gr 2-3)

September 15, 2016 - November 17, 2016
Description

Making Music will guide the students and their families through an exploration of the connection between music and the academic content areas.  Music basics will lead to the consideration of the math, science, art, and reading involved in music.  Science experiments will be followed by creating musical instruments and designing songs.  An appreciation of the music and art in the classics will also enrich the experience.

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Mathematics
Location
Online

Cub Reporters: Journalism (gr 2-3)

September 15, 2016 - November 17, 2016
Description

Who? What? When? Where? Why?

Through this interactive course, students will learn the basics of journalism; they'll put the 5 W's into practice as they investigate their pasts and the present. Gathering and using information for research purposes, students will understand the writing process from a journalist's perspective. Embedded within the course will be opportunities for students to learn about how people have helped make the world a better place.

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online
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