Thursday, December 20, 2012

IGGY, for gifted young people

Site of the week

IGGY is a social network designed to help gifted young people realise their full potential, exchange ideas, debate, learn and explore, in a safe environement.

It was created and launched by the University of Warwick in October 2012.  It is addressed to teachers, parents and students from around the world.

It provides stretching, interactive content in core subjects of Maths, English, Science, History and Politics in the form of debates, real world challenges, tasks and articles aiming to encourage independent learning and critical thinking as well as getting students to work collaboratively.

IGGY members can create their own profiles, make friends and collaborate with other gifted students around the world and encourages them to have an international perspective and understand the impact of globalization, utilizing social media and tools to advance their education.

"As a teacher you want students to think for themselves and widen their horizons.  IGGY  is providing great resources and a website that encourages students to collaborate and explore the wider world."
Sam Tarling, Head of History at Southam College in Leamington Spa (an IGGY pilot school)

IGGY explained by some of their members...

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