Best Australian Blogs 2014 Post 2

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Gifted Resources Blog has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

The shiny Vote for Me Now button has arrived and been installed in the sidebar of the blog.

If you would like to vote for Gifted Resources blog (and Sprite’s Site and as many other great Australian blogs as you wish) click on the badge in the sidebar of the blog and follow the link to the Survey monkey poll. Gifted Resources Blog is on Page 2 and Sprite’s Site is on Page 4. Be sure to select all the blogs you wish to vote for as you will only be given one chance.

Guest on Twitter #gtchat

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March was a very busy month and I am now playing catch up and blogging about the experiences.

It was a great thrill to be invited to be the guest for #gtchat on Twitter on 1 March 2014. The topic was the use of De Bono’s Six Action Shoes as applied to planning gifted programs and in particular programs suitable for Twice-Exceptional children.

I enjoyed the experience very much. The moderator #gtchat, of Lisa Conrad, provided me with the questions in advance so that I could prepare my answers and have them ready to post during the session. I also provided links which Lisa posted throughout the chat.

Here are the Q & A posts that we pre-planned

Hi! Jo Freitag from Gifted Resources & Sprite’s Site blog Victoria Australia here at 11.00am Saturday for #gtchat

Hi everyone! Today we are going to rummage through Sprite’s shoes especially her De Bono 6 Action shoes collection #gtchat

Q1) Who is Sprite and how is she involved with De Bono’s shoes? #gtchat

A1) Sprite is my 2E character exceptionally gifted with an unspecified learning difference/disability who illustrates Feetspeak. #gtchat

A1) She is always shown with an injured ankle to show that not all the shoes (plans) will fit comfortably on both feet #gtchat

Q2) What are De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes? #gtchat

A2) Most people know Edward De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats program about ways to think about a situation or problem #gtchat

A2) Edward De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes is a book about ways to approach planning courses of action #gtchat

A2) Up there for thinking, down there for dancing, walking etc – taking action #gtchat

Q3) What do each of the De Bono shoes represent? #gtchat

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A3) Blue Formal Shoes = plan following routines and formal procedures; Grey sneakers = plan based on investigation #gtchat

A3) Brown Brogues = plan doing what is most practical and sensible; Orange gumboots = plan to cover emergency action #gtchat

A3) Pink Slippers = plan to act in caring compassionate manner; Purple riding boots = plan enacted by leadership or authority. #gtchat

Q4) How do you use these De Bono 6 Action Shoes plans? #gtchat

A4) I use the De Bono shoes as part of my Feetspeak 2E Shoes Program about planning suitable provisions for gifted and 2E students #gtchat

Gifted Programs Planned Using De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes as a Planning Tool http://goo.gl/vkKfvT

A4) Blue Formal Shoe Plans = fast paced accelerated above grade programs for highly motivated high achieving students #gtchat

Sprite’s Blue Formal Shoes http://goo.gl/OmokYK

A4) Grey Sneakers Plans= research investigations project/passion/problem based learning #geniushour #makerspaces #gtchat

Sprite’s Grey Sneakers http://goo.gl/kgQnZU

A4) Brown Brogues Plans = IEP or most suitable option for student – full or subject acceleration extension groups etc. whatever is needed #gtchat

Sprite’s Brown Brogues http://goo.gl/tLpXnT

A4) Orange Gumboots Plans = stop gap measures such as acting as teacher’s assistant #gtchat

Sprite’s Orange Gumboots http://goo.gl/KmYvfx

A4) Pink Slippers Plans = programs focussed on social/emotional needs coping strategies pastoral care etc #gtchat

Sprite’s Pink Slippers http://goo.gl/E7l1C4

A4) Purple Riding Boots Plans = I’ve used it to mean leadership training biographical studies & mentors could include creativity #gtchat

Sprite’s Purple Riding Boots http://goo.gl/RnIGXB

Q5) Do all the plans work well for gifted and 2E students? #gtchat

A5) All the plans have the potential to work well for gifted students but some do not fit 2E #gtchat

A5) I road tested them using Gagne’s DMGT model natural giftedness to fully developed competence/talent #gtchat

Building Gifts into Talents: Overview of the DMGT (pdf) http://goo.gl/trQ9Db

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Q6) Are there any other shoe plans apart from De Bono Action shoes in Feetspeak 2E shoes? #gtchat

A6) Yes, More shoes: Bare feet = Not having a plan; Sparkly sandals = appearance of having a plan but not really having one #gtchat

Sprite’s More shoes http://goo.gl/zW3z6v

A6) The Plaster cast = ideal provisions for the Learning Differences if student is eligible & funding is available #gtchat

Sprite’s Plaster cast http://goo.gl/7yBCxq

A6) The One size fits all paper shoe cover system = claim to be giving gifted program with differentiation #gtchat

Sprite’s One Size Shoe Cover System http://goo.gl/jozdEo

Q7) What inspired you to create Sprite’s Site? #gtchat

A7) Feetspeak grew from newsletter note re problem buying suitable shoes after I injured my ankle being like 2E students problems #gtchat

A7) 2E students need provisions for both their giftedness and their difficulties #gtchat

A7) Sprite was designed to illustrate Feetspeak but then developed a life of her own and needed a blog to tell the stories #gtchat

A7) I already had a more serious Gifted Resources blog but Sprite’s Site allows more freedom for whimsy and creativity #gtchat

Gifted Resources blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/

Q8) Sprite has many friends to guide her on life’s journey. What resources did you find helpful when raising a family

A8) Parent support groups, online email groups, books, websites, conferences, guest speakers were all helpful #gtchat

A8 Psychologist Lesley Sword was the foundation stone for me #gtchat

http://www.giftedservices.com.au/handouts/index.html

A8) Hoagies website was/is always a great source of information #gtchat

Hoagies http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/

Q9 What people and works provided the basis for Feetspeak 2E shoes? #gtchat

A9 Edward De Bono, Prof Francoys Gagne, Dr Linda Silverman, 2E newsletter, Prof Miraca Gross, Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities #gtchat

Q9 Susan Baum, Alexandra Golon, Iowa Acceleration Scales, Lee Singer, Lesley Sword and of course Stephanie Tolan #gtchat

http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/feetspeakforweb01.htm

Q10) What other topics are covered on Sprite’s Site? #gtchat

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A10) The Tweet family of Twitter birds consult the Psych-Owl-Ogist about giftedness and social/emotional issues #gtchat

The Psych-Owl-Ogist http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/psych-owl-ogist/

A10) The Tweet family are using Nest Ed and discuss homeschooling their gifted tweetlets #gtchat

Nest Ed http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/nest-ed/

A10) Sprite’s companions Dabrowski Dogs represent Intellectual, Emotional, Sensual, Psycho Motor, Imaginational overexcitabilities #gtchat

Dabrowski Dogs http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/dabrowski-dogs/

A10) The Black Dogs relate to causes of depression in gifted people #gtchat

Black Dogs http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/black-dogs/

A10) The Memory Elephant illustrates memory and the Visual Spatial Learners way of thinking #gtchat

Memory Elephant http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/memory-elephant/

A10) And @gtchatmod favourite Columbus Cheetah advocates for acceleration and busts myths about giftedness #gtchat

Columbus Cheetah Myth Buster
http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/columbuscheetah.htm

The Storify transcript of the chat session can be read at http://goo.gl/58T7du

The summary post on the TAGT blog can be read at http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/de-bonos-action-plans-with-special-guest-jo-frietag/

Gifted Resources Blog has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/ 

Best Blogs in the Gifted Community

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The Best Blogs in the Gifted Community was the topic of a recent Twitter #gtchat session. It was an interesting discussion which was partly prompted by Tim Dracup aka Gifted Phoenix’ excellent investigation and blog post ‘How well does gifted education use social media?’
http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/how-well-does-gifted-education-use-social-media/

The session was one of the monthly weekend chats which are held at a time which is suited to participants in the UK and Europe. For me in Melbourne, Australia the time was 7.00am on a Monday.
http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/new-feature-at-gtchat-monthly-weekend-chats/

Amongst the information shared was the correct form to use when citing blogs in academic papers
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Several blog rolls and collections of blogs were mentioned including
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blogs/
Gifted Phoenix http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/

The Storify transcript of the session can be read at http://goo.gl/ws27BD

And the summary of the session including links to the blogs which were discussed can be found at the GT Chat Powered by TAGT blog
http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/best-blogs-in-the-gifted-community/

Gifted Resources Blog has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

Community Connect Webinar

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On Thursday 27 March 2014 I gave a presentation titled ‘What do we mean when we say GIFTED?’ for the Australia e-series Community Connect webinars http://australiaseries.wordpress.com/

The recording of the session can be viewed here https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2014-03-27.0153.M.E58F6EDFFA5FA3EDE727DCFB80FBD8.vcr&sid=2008350

Best Australian Blogs 2014

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Gifted Resources Blog has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

Gifted Resources Blog is entered in the Commentary section
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For those who are blogging about a particular industry or area such as politics, media, sport, marketing and PR, technology, cultural industries such as theatre and the arts, international relations, advocacy and human rights.

Sprite’s Site Blog is also a nominee and is entered in the Personal and Parenting section

The timeline for the event is

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For readers who are new to Gifted Resources Blogs the main topics covered here are facts and myths about gifted education and gifted and 2E students, news of programs and events, book and product reviews and information about conferences, seminars and online conferences and webinars.
Gifted Resources aims to act as a signpost to sources of information, services and support.

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We hope you will continue to visit and post your comments or questions (unless you are aiming to link to spam)

OZeLIVE Reflections 4

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The first OZeLIVE Conference http://australianeducators.ning.com/  was held 0n 22-23 February 2014

The carnival is over but there are still plenty of ways to stay in touch and continue the sharing and learning from OZeLIVE!

The sessions can be watched on You Tube

Link for recordings of sessions will be found at
http://australianeducators.ning.com/ozelive-2014-recordings

Follow the Australia e-Series
There will be notifications of  webinars for educators in
Tech Talk Tuesdays
eT@lking Wednesdays
Community Connect Thursdays
Fine Focus and Serendipity Fridays

There will be blog posts about OZeLIVE! such as this
Coach Carole http://www.coachcarole.net/mahara/view/view.php?t=gHtFoiS95EwBzmZPLkCU

Presenters and participants shared their Twitter handles and other contact details.

The carnival may be over but the learning and sharing continues.

OZeLIVE Reflections 3

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The first OZeLIVE Conference http://australianeducators.ning.com/  was held 0n 22-23 February 2014

I offered to volunteer with as much trepidation as I had when I accepted the invitation to present a session at the OZeLIVE! Conference

Although I have been trained to act as a moderator during Jo Hart’s excellent Serendipity and Fine Focus webinars I was apprehensive about all the possible tech problems.

I am full of admiration for the excellent moderators I see at online conferences and very grateful for the work they do to make sessions run smoothly and to keep the notifications on Twitter and Facebook appearing.

I want to say how much I appreciate Steve Hargadon and Coach Carole and Shamblesguru for setting up the conference and all the moderators and other volunteers for their wonderful work keeping the conference running smoothly.
I would like to say an extra thank you to all the volunteers from overseas, like Peggy George, who gave up their time to help out in Aussie time!

I helped in a very minor way and I did enjoy the experience.
Maybe next year I will be a bit braver and give more assistance.