First ever Global virtual meeting for Gifted Education in secondlife! 28.08.2010

On August 28th 2010 the first Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education took place in SecondLife! Avatars from Australia, USA, Ireland, UK and Germany attended.

Topic: Solution Oriented Therapy for Gifted Children

Speaker: Roya Klingner

Roya Klingner is the Head and Founder of Bavarian Center for Gifted and Talented Children. She is the German Delegate in World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), member of European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and member of International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). Roya Klingner has a unique and diverse background, having worked in all year levels and many specialist areas during a career in both Government and Independent schools in different countries and cultures over the past years. Her philosophy as an educator is a reflection of current best-practice teaching and learning. She has experience in the development and application of Professional Learning programmes, assisting and supporting staff to implement new and innovative programmes into their classrooms. Roya Klingner is a Solution Oriented Therapist for Gifted Children. The first president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Dr. Iraj Broomand, started a program for gifted and talented children in Iran 33 years ago. At that time, Roya Klingner was a little girl, who was different from other children of the same age. Her kindergarten teacher noticed her giftedness and advised her parents to send her to that school. After the iranian revolution she was forced to visit a "normal" school, where she was bored and unhappy. These experiences motivated her to find ways to spare other gifted children from making the same sad experiences.Her main interests in the field of talent development and excellence are underachievement, teacher trainings, learning and motivational training programs, development of creativity and solution oriented counseling for Gifted and Talented children. Her goal now is to support and help Gifted and Talented Children around the world.

Comment by a participant:I found it a very exciting and fulfilling experience to participate in the first global virtual meeting for gifted children in Second Life. To listen to a lecture in my home that was being delivered from another country half way around the world was incredible! To be able to interact with Roya and other attendees of the conference only enhanced the experience for me. I see so much potential for this kind of interface and look forward to the next conference.

An Interview with Roya Klingner: Meet Me in Second Life

Video: 1st Global Virtual Meeting