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Abstract

This practical article presents a classroom-tested pedagogical plan to assist instructors in teaching thinking skills to gifted students with disabilities in the context of science. The lesson, which focused on using Edward de Bono thinking skills to explore humanoid images that appear in NASA photos, provided accommodations for students with hearing impairment, along with disabilities associated with short and long-term memory. The instructional design team presented the arts-integrated activity of drawing scenes showing possible ways the anomalies could have been generated, and an interactive electronic game using iPads that asked participants to gather needed items for a trip to Mars. High-achieving doctoral students, many of whom were identified as gifted during their K-12 schooling, participated in the lesson. Incorporation of electronic game technology along with creative arts-integrated activities was received positively and was an effective strategy to increase motivation, to sustain student’s engagement, and to attract and retain the directed attention of students, especially because of the social interaction.

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