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Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Many thanks to Jessica Carlisle, our outgoing Newsletter Chair, for submitting the last newsletter of her tenure. In this capacity she has long served NMAG, the foremost statewide gifted organization. Jessica has had an impact on gifted education throughout the state and continues to do amazing things in gifted secondary education in Farmington. If you are thinking about getting involved in NMAG and have a journalistic proclivity, consider joining our board as Newsletter Chair starting October 21stContact us for more information.

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Introducing the Spring 2017 Newsletter from the New Mexico Association for the Gifted.

Our Farmington-based NMAG Newsletter Chair, Jessica Carlisle, has compiled the newsletter for our members across the state.

Contents include:

  • 2017 Legislative Update: Bills Sponsored by Rep. Christine Trujillo
  • Membership Info and Demographics
  • Opportunities for Gifted Kids
  • NMAG Board Member Profiles
  • Save the Date NMAG Fall Institute, October 20-21, 2017

Click here to download your electronic copy as a PDF.

Beyond AI Creativity in School

After the initial chest constriction and moment of panic, I started to think rationally about the latest artificial intelligence (AI) news: Google engineers made a machine that can compose music. It’s the stated goal of Google’s Project Magenta to make “compelling” music and art. The example I listened to, with variations on a theme of the first notes of “Twinkle Twinkle,” sounded like music to me, with simple patterns that drew me in and more complex patterns that held my attention, a nice balance of elaboration and simplicity, every dimension of composition calculated by algorithms. But could it ever generate an inspired performance?

From Ernest Edmonds' "Light Logic" exhibition 2012. Edmonds is a pioneer of interactive, computer-generated artwork.

From Ernest Edmonds’ “Light Logic” exhibition 2012. Edmonds is a pioneer of interactive, computer-generated artwork.

Cognitive Scientist, Margaret Bowden, on MIT’s Technology Review, calls this algorithmic art made by AI “combinational creativity,” essentially imitation remixed. She points out that AI’s processing is “hugely limited by relevance blindness.”

The processing that leads to contextual relevance will be a monumental leap for AI, and I won’t speculate about how soon or how likely it will be that engineers can get machines across such a chasm. Although Project Magenta piques my interest, as a teacher helping to develop students’ talents, I have much more optimism about the potential of children and youth to make that same leap from imitation to inspiration. Continue reading

Anti-discrimination Letter

At our last board meeting we discussed the issue of convening the 2017 national convention in North Carolina, which has legislated a ban on policies of anti-discrimination against diverse sexual orientation and identity that we in our organization support.

Anti-discrimination laws protect persons of diverse sexual orientation and identity.

In consideration of this conflict, NMAG’s board advises the National Association of Gifted Children to relocate the 64th National Convention. NMAG Secretary Kathrine Kelton wrote this letter from NMAG to Dr. George Betts, President of NAGC. Please read it and join us in this request with a comment, either here on nmgifted.org, or on linked social media.

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

Spring is Here!

Spring 2016 NewsletterGreat ideas and information are blooming with all of the spring daffodils, forsythia blooms, and plum blossoms. You’ll find some of them right here in our newsletter, compiled by Jessica Carlisle, our Newsletter Chair. We’re looking for contributors, so join us! Email Publicity Chair Steve Heil to write for NMAG.