This year I was unable to attend the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) conference, however, I followed the hashtags #NAGC19 and #NAGC2019 on social media. My thanks to the 200 conference attendees who shared their learning and impressions of the conference. The summary of hashtag activity (created with the free version of Keyhole) shows the wide reach of the social media posts – more than a half-million impressions from tweets and posts. And, this summary does not include posts made on private Instagram accounts!
The overall tone of the posts was positive – with tweets focusing on session content and excitement about being at the conference. The post that received the highest sentiment – retweets and posts – was by swanwick_w of the hot air balloon that was part of the Family Day activities. Several people posted photos of this gorgeous balloon and about the success of Family Day.
The post with the highest engagement was from Anne Rinn, congratulating student winners at the NAGC Research Gala.
Although the majority of posts were positive, I was curious about those tagged as having negative sentiments. These posts were related to two issues: 1) improving services, and 2) better understanding student needs. The first was a thread about perfection and anxiety in gifted students:
The second set of tweets tagged as negative were discussions about the “Confronting Pseudoscience in Gifted Education” session presented by Kate Snyder (@DressageProf), Bess Wilson, Matt McBee (@TunnelOfFire) Scott J Peters (@realScottPeters) and Frank Worrell.
The result that most surprised me was the infrequency of posts focused on assessment. Only 21 tweets included the words “assessment”, “test” or “testing”. These tweets, focused on improving equity and psychometric strength of assessment, clearly aligned with our interests of a valid, reliable, and fair revision to the GRS. We hope that the posts on the Gifted Assessment Insights blog and our Twitter account (@Gifted_Assess) can help support important discussions about assessment in gifted education.
The other top influential tweets celebrated the successful conference:
Thank you to the attendees who posted on social media so that those of us who could not attend could still experience a bit of the conference.