Education, Technology, and the Gifted Classroom

As a mom with a 2e kiddo, I’ve had a front-row seat for my son’s experiences in the classroom ever since the second grade when I volunteered as a teaching aid. Right away I noticed ways that technology was being misused or overused by his teacher. Screen time was too frequent, the content was questionable or not closely monitored, and sometimes rules guiding students’ technology use were unclear and open to interpretation.

In addition to my vantage point in the classroom, my concerns about technology also stemmed from my son’s behavior after school. He was grumpy and tired, and he didn’t want to play outside or ride his bike in the neighborhood. All he wanted to do was to go on the computer, watch videos, or play games, which was how he ...


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About Maliha Masood

Maliha Masood is a Seattle-based writer, educator, and mother. She is the author of two travel memoirs, Zaatar Days, Henna Nights and Dizzy in Karachi, chronicling her adventures living, working, and traveling in the Middle East and South Asia. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Maliha immigrated to the United States as a teenager and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She is the recipient of the Jack Straw Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction and has taught inner-city high school students poetry and prose through Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers in the Schools Program. She currently workshops Superhero Jeopardy! with her 10-year-old son at local museums and is working on a documentary project about education and creativity. Maliha’s work has been featured on NPR and PBS.