Computers & Technology

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Building Social Capital Among Talented Youth in an Age of Digital Activism

Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 211 A

Gifted students possess great potential for creative productivity, but what about using their gifts to take meaningful action and contribute to the common good? In today's social, political, and technological contexts, tools like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter have redefined civic participation, providing unprecedented access and opportunity for active engagement, and providing a bridge between the classroom and the greater community. In this presentation, we will explore the role of technology as a vehicle for developing social capital in talented students through authentic and meaningful participation.

Christina M. Amspaugh

Assistant Professor
University of Virginia

Christina M. Amspaugh is an Assistant Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with concentration on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut, where she worked as a graduate research assistant with the National Center for Research on Gifted Education and was an on-site coordinator for Confratute, UConn’s summer institute on gifted education and enrichment teaching. Her professional experience includes 11 years as a gifted intervention specialist and gifted coordinator in Ohio. Her research interests include underserved gifted populations, the development and evaluation of gifted education programs, classroom assessment practices, and the use of technology to support the needs of gifted students.

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