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Don't leave your child's
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September 2010
In This Issue
Keys to Successfully Raising the Gifted Child
Access University Libraries
Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
Gifted Education in Minnesota
Mile Marker Special
Keeping Up With Dr. Ruf

Interview by Michael Shaughnessy at  Educational News.org.

Welcome to TalentIgniter's first newsletter. Our goal is to bring you useful information on a monthly basis that will benefit both you and your children.

If you have taken the Ruf Estimates™ of Levels of Gifted Online Assessment, we would be very interested in hearing about your experience with the survey and if the feedback was helpful for you.

We have already made some changes to our website that we hope you find interesting. For starters, our Home Page has a new look which we believe better explains our goals. We also have added more blog entries (feel free to leave a comment!). And, as you will see in more detail below, we have a new product, the ebook Keys to Successfully Raising the Gifted Child. In addition, there is a new section for Books, where we list recommended books about different issues of giftedness; each entry has a descriptive blurb, and they are arranged in categories.

We hope you enjoy our newsletter, and invite you at any time to send us comments or suggestions. In the meantime, please follow us on our Facebook fan page and on Twitter!
Kathy Hara, Editor
Keys to Successfully Raising the Gifted Child

Keys ebook coverYou know your child is gifted. But how does that impact day-to-day life and your role as a parent?

Our next product on TalentIgniter.com is an ebook written by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D., and Larry A. Kuusisto, Ph.D., for parents who are new to the idea that their children might be intellectually advanced or gifted. The book addresses important parenting issues, including what to actually tell your child about his or her giftedness, how schools approach learning differences, best ways to provide emotional support, sibling rivalry, and more.

The book is offered for sale at www.TalentIgniter.com/products.
Access University Libraries

Many university libraries, both nationally and internationally, have made at least portions of their libraries available for anyone to access. Mary and Mac Design, a design studio in Brooklyn, N.Y., has made up a list of 100 links to these libraries, including those of Harvard, Yale, the Welch Medical Library from Johns Hopkins, and Copenhagen University, to give you an idea of the range.

So we send thanks to Mary and Mac Design for making this easy for us. And to everyone else, we wish you happy browsing! You will find the list here: http://maryandmacdesign.wordpress.com.

 Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

From time to time I come across games, toys, books or products that I find unique and/or fascinating, and my intent is to pass along this information in the hopes it may be useful to you. (Please bear in mind that it may not take too much to pique my sense of wonder, especially in the field of technology.)

So here's a product that got my attention: Apparently the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen is not the first of its kind. But this device, which certainly looks and writes like a pen, can be a help to anyone taking notes. You write in a notebook where the special paper is embedded with microdots, and at the same time the pen also records up to 200 hours of lectures or speeches. Later, while going through the notes, the user can simply use the pen to tap on the notes, which then replays the recording at that exact point.

And that's just the start. There are more features and apps, which you can find on the Livescribe's website at http://www.livescribe.com/smartpen. You can always see a demonstration on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJNWlOhSyhA.

 Gifted Education in Minnesota

The August issue of the Minnesota Monthly Magazine featured an article by Tim Gihring, So Smart It Hurts, regarding the state of gifted education in Minnesota. (Dr. Ruf was one of many who were interviewed for the article.) While making definite strides in providing more appropriate educational opportunities for gifted students, there is still room for improvement in Minnesota - a situation undoubtedly shared by all states in the Union.
Mile Marker cover Mile Marker Special
The National Association of Gifted Children is offering a special two-for-the-price-of-one for their Mile Marker series. This is a great resource for the world of gifted and talented education. The series on CD-ROM is designed as a map around five "Mile Markers," that represent different aspects of nurturing gifted children, each serving as an indicator of "learning places" one might experience during the developmental stages of a gifted child's life.