Global GT Chat on Twitter

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All the characters at Sprite’s Site love the Global #gtchat sessions on Twitter as much as I do!

#gtchat is a discussion group on Twitter for parents, teachers and gifted advocates from all over the world to share resources, ideas, experiences and new ways of thinking about gifted issues #gtchat was founded by Deborah Mersino of Ingeniosus website

In 2012 Deborah Mersino, passed the moderator baton of #gtchat to the very capable hands of Lisa Conrad. GT Chat is now powered by Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and all the details can be found on their page at http://www.txgifted.org/gtchat

Transcripts of the #gtchat sessions are now created in Storify http://storify.com/  and shared at http://www.txgifted.org/gtchat-transcripts

Lisa Conrad has also created a blog Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/ where she gives an overview of the session including any links and other resources that were shared and announces future session topics and guest experts.
GT Chat also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/gtchatmod?fref=ts

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Recently #gtchat celebrated the 1 year anniversary of #gtchat being powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and discussed The Value of Twitter Chats http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/the-value-of-twitter-chats/

Twitter provides excellent opportunities for sharing ideas and resources.

In a wonderful, amusing and thought provoking blog entry on Dr Jeff’s Blog on the Universe astrophysicist, Dr Jeff Goldstein, the Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, explains why Twitter is so much more than a place for announcing the tuna sandwich you ate for lunch.

http://blogontheuniverse.org/2010/05/05/tweetisms-for-the-21st-century-on-science-education-and-the-human-condition/

Dr Jeff says:
Twitter is a water cooler for the 21st century. At this cooler you can meet fellow human beings from across the planet, and share thoughts about life, our world, and our children—common thoughts that bind us all, regardless of nationality. In an age when as never before humanity faces a perfect storm of global problems, it’s precisely this kind of water cooler you’d like to see, and to frequent.

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The Un-Olympics Bower 5

The Creativity Challenge Un-Olympics Bower will today be the venue for the Twitter Birds Science Expo.

There will be opportunities to conduct science experiments, watch a film of the space shuttle launch and much excitement sharing links to recent discoveries, science programs and great blogs.

The Twitter Birds have brought links to recent science news

Higgs Boson particle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson

Cosmic Log MSN The Higgs Boson particle explained in just over a minute
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/05/12583436-the-higgs-boson-explained-in-just-a-bit-more-than-a-minute?lite

The Guardian UK
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/jul/04/higgs-boson-discovered-live-coverage-cern

The Twitter Birds also have some links for Online  science courses

MIT Open Courseware
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

RELATE Introductory Mechanics Course for Instructors and Advanced Students

Registration is open for a free online MIT-level course in Introductory Newtonian Mechanics targeting people with good knowledge and skills in mechanics that’s being given this summer by MIT professor David Pritchard and his education research group, RELATE (http://RELATE.MIT.edu). The course will enable participants to improve both their conceptual overview and their problem-solving skills in mechanics.  The course features e-text, videos, simulations, problems, and weekly interactive office hours. More information at http://RELATE.MIT.edu/physicscourse

Cybraryman’s Educational Web sites Science pages http://www.cybraryman.com/sciencelinks.html

Stellarium http://www.stellarium.org/

World Builders http://www.world-builders.org/

Virtual frog dissection http://www.froguts.com/

And they also have links to some interesting science blogs

Dr Jeff’s Blog on the Universe http://blogontheuniverse.org/

The big blog theory http://thebigblogtheory.wordpress.com/

Krissy Venosdale Venspired blog http://venspired.com/?page_id=1968

FCIWYPSC http://cherishthescientist.net/

Apparently the pair sitting in the black ring had not read the small print and thought that the Un-Olympics Bower was set aside today as a place to kiss!

GT Chat is back! 2

GT Chat is back this week and Sprite helped to decorate the #gtstoogies Lobby for the occasion.

Dr Jeff Goldstein’s  Twitter 21C water cooler  has been set up as well as the coffee machine and chocolate fountain.

And there are gifts for GT Chat founder, Deborah Mersino, and the new moderator, Lisa Conrad, and gifts and a rocket  cake for Krissy Venosdale of Venspired Learning who celebrated her birthday during the week.

A puzzle 5

While Imaginational was thinking about how he could cheer up little Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog by taking him for a ride on the flowery hover-board, he was also still thinking about solving the puzzle. He was convinced that there was something important about the point where the two lines of flowers intersected and that the butterflies probably knew the answer.
Maybe the intersection of the lines of flowers marked the location of a treasure!
Imaginational put the picnic basket on the spot so he could find it again even if Intellectual removed the ribbons.

Parfait was debating with Intellectual about the equations for the lines. “One of those equations needs to have a negative gradient and where is your Point 0, 0? Don’t just assume the lines meet at 0, 0 – that point could be anywhere on the x, y axis and it could be anywhere in terms of latitude and longitude. You need a GPS.”

“Thank you!” said Intellectual “You have enlarged my cogitations considerably!”
In point of fact that point needs to be described more accurately. I was reading about such things in Doctor Jeff’s article The Address of a Self- important World http://blogontheuniverse.org/2010/05/03/the-address-of-a-self-important-world/

Imaginational was still thinking about the butterflies.
“What type of butterfly is that one that is sitting on your book, Intellectual?” he asked. “Because one of the same kind just landed on the flower where the lines intersect”

Intellectual consulted Lepidoptery 101 in his book. “It is a Fulvous Pied” he declared.

“Where is your report, Psycho Motor?” Intellectual demanded.

“Well!” barked Psycho Motor, bouncing from flower to flower in pursuit of a butterfly, “PIED (bounce) is like Pi D (bounce) which is the circumference of a circle and these flowers are circles (bounce) and here is a picnic basket with a PIE in it.
Puzzle solved – Let’s eat!”

The Water Cooler of the World

In a wonderful, amusing and thought provoking blog entry on Dr Jeff’s Blog on the Universe astrophysicist, Dr Jeff Goldstein, the Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, explains why Twitter is so much more than a place for announcing the tuna sandwich you ate for lunch.

http://blogontheuniverse.org/2010/05/05/tweetisms-for-the-21st-century-on-science-education-and-the-human-condition/

Dr Jeff says:
Twitter is a water cooler for the 21st century. At this cooler you can meet fellow human beings from across the planet, and share thoughts about life, our world, and our children—common thoughts that bind us all, regardless of nationality. In an age when as never before humanity faces a perfect storm of global problems, it’s precisely this kind of water cooler you’d like to see, and to frequent.

There people, that is why I spend so much time with the Twitter Birds!