OZ eLIVE 2016

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Again this year I participated in the OZeLIVE! Online conference which ran from February 26 – 28 2016

I apologize for taking so long to post about OZeLIVE!
Possible excuses include
a. I have been very busy
b. I have been engaged in other programs/activities
c. Time is passing more quickly these days (my favourite!)

Participating

This year there were 19 interesting and inspiring webinar sessions. I attended most of them during the conference and intend to catch the ones I missed by listening to the recordings.
The recordings of the sessions are available at http://australianeducators.ning.com/recordings-2016

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Volunteering
Again this year I volunteered to assist with moderation of the sessions. I was not the primary moderator for any of the sessions but was available as a backup in case extra moderators were needed.

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Presenting

This year I presented a session titled Persona Dolls: Dressed for learning.
The recording of the session can be found at https://sas.elluminate.com/drtbl?sid=2008350&suid=D.51092091ED4B4597AC051BB74A41CD

Activity Report 2015

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During 2015 Jo Freitag /Gifted Resources has:

Continued to undertake project work with Borderlands http://www.borderlands.org.au/ 

Developed and maintained the website for Gifted Resources http://www.giftedresources.org 

and Jo Freitag’s website http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/
Written and distributed by email Gifted Resources Newsletter and Gifted Resources Newsletter Extension and Holiday programs

Maintained the Gifted Resources library
Updated the Gifted Resources Information Packs
Provided information and resources for teachers and parents during personal consultations, by phone, using Skype or Blackboard Collaborate webinars and by email
Provided information and resources for homeschooling families and those contemplating commencement of home schooling

Developed a set of Persona Dolls representing types of gifted student and a blog about them, Personas, Profiles and Portraits
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/about-this-blog/
Completed the 2015 Edublogs Teacher Personal Blogging Challenge for developing the new blog
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/tag/edublogs-teacher-challenge/

Provided resources and prayer support for mentors from All Saints Rosebud with St. Katherine’s McCrae http://www.rosebudmccrae.melbourneanglican.org.au/  serving in the Kids Hope Aus program http://www.kidshopeaus.org.au/

Participated in the VAGTC Conference Melbourne 21-22 May 2015
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/vagtc-conference-21-22-may-2015/

Participated in online conferences, webinars and weekly Twitter global #gtchat sessions
http://www.txgifted.org/gtchat
http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/
https://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/?s=Jo+Freitag

Presented, volunteered and participated in OZeLive
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/ozelive-i-presented/
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/ozelive-i-volunteered/
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/ozelive-i-attended/

Presented and participated in Tech Talk Tuesday webinars
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/australia-e-series-tech-talk-tuesdays-webinar/
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/australia-e-series-tech-talk-tuesdays-webinar-part-2/

Participated in Global Collaboration Day September 2015
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/global-collaboration-day-sept-2015/  

Participated in Connected Educators Month
http://connectededucators.org/

Participated in Australia eSeries and Community Connect webinars https://australiaseries.wordpress.com/

Updated the Gifted Resources blog https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/ 
Sprite’s Site blog http://spritessite.wordpress.com/
Personas, Profiles and Portraits blog https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/ 

Participated in Gifted Homeschoolers Bloggers Forum Blog Hops  http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/

Participated in Hoagiesgifted Blog Hops
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/blog_hops.htm

Participated in the first Gifted Awareness Week Australia March 2015
http://www.aaegt.net.au/?page_id=1170
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/australia-e-series-tech-talk-tuesdays-webinar/

Participated in Gifted Awareness Week New Zealand blog tour
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/changing-the-way-you-see-us/

Participated in #30 Posts Hath September blog challenge
http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

Participated in the Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook monthly creating challenges
http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/doc/253263591368971/

Participated in 52 Illustrations Challenge Group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/418616991575037/
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.555220617914673&type=1

Participated in INKtober with the INKed Group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1463633423897107/
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1472995212960928&type=1
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/inktober/

Updated the Appreciations page on Gifted Resources website
http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/appreciations.htm

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Gifted Resources 

Book review: Writing your own script by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson

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I was really pleased to receive a copy for review of the latest addition to the excellent Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Series.
It is ‘Writing your Own Script: A parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development’ by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson.
It is edited by Sarah J. Wilson and published in 2015 by GHF Press.

The timing of the arrival of the book was perfect as it arrived the day before the book was to be discussed during Twitter #gtchat. I found that it was packed with information but was still easy to read and understand and would be very helpful for parents.

The chapter titles reflect the staging of a play
1. Backdrop – What you should know about the gifted child
2. Setting the scene – Friendship and the gifted child
3. Casting – Finding the other players
4. Directing – The parent as guide
5. Showtime – Applying what you know
6. Reviews – Raspberries and applause
Epilogue: Take a bow

The first chapter describes aspects of giftedness that impact on building friendships such as Typical characteristics, Asynchronous development, Twice exceptionalities, Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities, Introversion and Extraversion and Unusual interests.

The second chapter discusses developmental stages and levels of friendship and the third chapter addresses how to find potential friends. Chapter four shows the role parents can take in helping their children to build and maintain friendships and chapters five and six talk about some of the situations that will possibly be encountered.

The book can be purchased from GHF Press http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/ghf-press/

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Graphics Lisa Conrad

The blog post about the session of Twitter #gtchat dedicated to discussion of the book can be found on the Global #GTChat Powered by TAGT blog at https://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/writing-your-own-script-a-parents-role-in-the-gifted-childs-development/

The Storify transcript of the chat can be read at https://storify.com/gtchatmod/gtchat-writing-your-ownscript-a-parent-s-role-in-t

InkTober

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Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Jake Parker created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavour with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Read all about the rules of InkTober and the materials to use at the website http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober

I took the InkTober challenge last year and joined in with INKed, a group of ink artists on Facebook where I have a folder of my ink drawings. We had a list of suggested topics which we could use if we wished. I used the daily prompts but also used the month to make ink portraits of the characters on Sprite’s Site blog http://spritessite.wordpress.com/

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Image Jo Freitag

The topics suggested by the INKed group for this year
There are no themes for INKtober but if you are stuck and can’t think of anything to draw, please feel free to use these prompts to help you with ideas.

1.Zodiac
2.Birds
3.City
4.Hare/hair/hairy
5.Ship
6.Moon
7.Sea Creatures
8.Collection
9.Exaggerated perspective
10.Something from space
11.Balloons
12.Elephant
13.Shoes
14.Lions, Tigers and Bears
15.House
16.Pirate
17.Family Portrait
18.Movie/Book Title
19.Mythical Creatures
20.Happiness
21.Clocks
22.Fence
23.Cemetery
24.Weather
25.Butcher
26.Bugs
27.Green
28.Carriage
29.M
30.Camera
31.Halloween

INK includes pens (fountain, dip, rapidograph, technical, ball point, gel, felt tip, fibre tip, calligraphy) markers, quills, ink blocks, brush, wash, liquid inks, Inktense pencils, Inktense blocks, stamp pads.
But most importantly HAVE FUN!!

I intend to participate in InkTober again this year.

This post completes the September challenge to write 10 blog posts for each of my 3 blogs to make up the 30 posts for September for Lisa Rivero’s #30PostsHathSept challenge.
To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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For details about Historicool magazine including a free download of a calendar of historical topics that you can use to inspire conversations about history see the website at http://www.historicool.com.au/ 

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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Connected Educator Month October 2015

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October is Connected Educator Month
All the details of the events can be found at http://connectededucators.org/

The calendar of events is found at http://connectededucators.org/calendar/

See the themes of this year’s activities at http://connectededucators.org/2015-themes/

Here are some practical suggestions for preparation

http://connectededucators.org/10-things-to-do-before-connected-educator-month-2015-launches/

It includes a free Starter Kit as a PDF download

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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