Activity Report 2015


During 2015 Jo Freitag /Gifted Resources has:

Continued to undertake project work with Borderlands 

Developed and maintained the website for Gifted Resources 

and Jo Freitag’s website
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
Completed the 2015 Edublogs Teacher Personal Blogging Challenge for developing the new blog

Provided resources and prayer support for mentors from All Saints Rosebud with St. Katherine’s McCrae  serving in the Kids Hope Aus program

Participated in the VAGTC Conference Melbourne 21-22 May 2015

Participated in online conferences, webinars and weekly Twitter global #gtchat sessions

Presented, volunteered and participated in OZeLive

Presented and participated in Tech Talk Tuesday webinars

Participated in Global Collaboration Day September 2015  

Participated in Connected Educators Month

Participated in Australia eSeries and Community Connect webinars

Updated the Gifted Resources blog 
Sprite’s Site blog
Personas, Profiles and Portraits blog 

Participated in Gifted Homeschoolers Bloggers Forum Blog Hops

Participated in Hoagiesgifted Blog Hops

Participated in the first Gifted Awareness Week Australia March 2015

Participated in Gifted Awareness Week New Zealand blog tour

Participated in #30 Posts Hath September blog challenge

Participated in the Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook monthly creating challenges!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/doc/253263591368971/

Participated in 52 Illustrations Challenge Group on Facebook

Participated in INKtober with the INKed Group on Facebook

Updated the Appreciations page on Gifted Resources website

Jo Freitag
Gifted Resources 

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


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

Graphics Lisa Conrad

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

The Storify transcript of the chat can be read at


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

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

Image Jo Freitag

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.

7.Sea Creatures
9.Exaggerated perspective
10.Something from space
14.Lions, Tigers and Bears
17.Family Portrait
18.Movie/Book Title
19.Mythical Creatures

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


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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 

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



Connected Educator Month October 2015

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October is Connected Educator Month
All the details of the events can be found at

The calendar of events is found at

See the themes of this year’s activities at

Here are some practical suggestions for preparation

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


Global Education Conference November 2015


Global Collaboration Day on 17 September 2015 was a great success with approx 325 schools and organizations and 36 outreach partners from 51 different countries participating in 149 collaborative online events. Many projects were categorized as requiring asynchronous participation, so you may find a few are still running See  

Now our attention shifts to the annual Global Education Conference online conference which will take place in Blackboard Collaborate on 16-19 November 2015.
For full details see

The sixth annual Global Education Conference will be a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. This year’s conference will take place Monday, November 16 through Thursday, November 19, 2015. The entire conference is virtual and will take place online in webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones.

Proposals are now being accepted until 1 November 2015.
If you plan to submit a proposal make sure you understand the mission of the community and conference. This is not a general education conference. Read the call for proposals and follow directions carefully.

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