Coming Gifted Conferences

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Major Gifted conferences will be held in Australia in 2016 and 2017

The 2016 AAEGT National Gifted Conference will be hosted by GFSG Inc. and UNSW in Sydney.
It will be held from the 29th of September to the 1st of October, 2016 at the UNSW Campus in Kensington. The theme for the conference is: ‘BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES IN GIFTED EDUCATION’ and is already shaping up to be an amazing conference. Stay tuned for news of the release of the conference website detailing keynote speakers, call for papers, sponsorship and accommodation options, as well as details on how to register for this not-to-be-missed event!

Share this announcement with your colleagues, family, friends and educational professionals and set aside the date.

In 2017 The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) will hold its 22nd WCGTC Biennial World Conference in Sydney, Australia. The event will be hosted by UNSW School of Education and held on the campus of UNSW from 20 to 23 July 2017. The theme for the conference will be ‘GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN GIFTED EDUCATION

The agreement has been signed
and the countdown in days, hours, minutes and seconds has begun on the Conference website at http://www.worldgifted2017.com/
Sign up on the website to receive news and updates about the event.

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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VAGTC Conference 21-22 May 2015

Last week I was very fortunate to be able to attend the VAGTC Gifted Education Essentials Tools for Putting Theory into Practice conference which was held at CQ Function Centre Queens St Melbourne on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May 2015 http://www.vagtc.asn.au/vagtc-conference-2015

Some of the presentations can be read at http://www.vagtc.asn.au/conference-2015-presentations

The conference was officially opened by Judith Graley Member for Narre Warren Sth and Parliamentary Secretary to Hon. James Merlino, the Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Education who spoke of collaborating with the VAGTC to make Victoria ‘the Education State’ by acting on the accepted recommendations from the report into the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/victorian-parliamentary-inquiry-into-the-education-of-gifted-and-talented-students/
Funding has been allocated for increasing opportunities for rural and outer suburban students, Koori students, ESL students and low socio economic group students.
The VAGTC has been contracted by DET to deliver teacher and parent half day seminars in 5 country towns in Victoria. VAGTC are writing an online resource for teachers to be placed on the DET website.
DET were the major sponsor for the conference.

Day 2 was opened by Judy Connell from Catholic Education Office, also sponsors of the conference.

Conference participants were treated to musical performances by Sadie Mustoe 2014 from The Patch Primary School winner of The Maldon Minstrel Award for country music singer-songwriters on Thursday http://www.maldonfolkfestival.com/maldon-minstrel-award.htm  
and Alby Sands, a young jazz musician and composer from St Leonards College on Friday.

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag

The excellent opening Keynote address presented by Dr Katherine Hoekman, the Consultant: Academic performance at the Association of Independent Schools NSW was titled Play, Passion and Performance.

Dr Hoekman also presented two mini keynote sessions Creating Agile Learning Spaces to Connect and Support the Community of Learners
and Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles: Creating Opportunities for Depth and Complexity

The Keynote address on Friday 22 May given by Manoj Chandra Handa, a Gifted Education Consultant at Oceans of Excellence http://www.oceansofexcellence.com/ Sydney NSW was titled Building Differentiated Schools of Curious Delight.
He also presented an inspiring session titled Strategies for Identifying and Addressing Underachievement among Gifted Learners

There was a great selection of presentations and workshops.
I enjoyed attending these sessions

Andrea Blake It All Starts with Identification
http://www.vagtc.asn.au/sites/vagtc.asn.au/files/Copy%20for%20website%20Subjective%20identification%20presentation_0.pdf

http://www.vagtc.asn.au/sites/vagtc.asn.au/files/Andrea%20Blake%20Resource%20list%20for%20Subjective%20Identification%20VAGTC%20Conf%20presentation%202015.pdf

Christine Ireland Tools, Practical Examples and Important Considerations for Teaching Creatively across Domains
http://www.vagtc.asn.au/sites/vagtc.asn.au/files/Christine%20Ireland%20creativity%20and%20innovation%20presentation%20%20.pdf

Michele Juratowitch “Boring!” Understanding and Alleviating Tedium
http://www.vagtc.asn.au/sites/vagtc.asn.au/files/VAGTC%20Conf%2015%20Boring%20HO.pdf 
PARENTS SEMINAR
A Parent Seminar was run in conjunction with the conference on Thursday 21 May
At this seminar Jenny Gotz Papillo spoke about her experiences in an excellent presentation titled One journey http://www.vagtc.asn.au/sites/vagtc.asn.au/files/Jenny%20Gotz%20Papillo%20Parent%20Seminar.pdf

Next a panel of experts moderated by Paul Double answered the parents’ questions on issues and concerns relating to parenting and educating gifted children.
The panel comprised Dr Gail Byrne, Andrea Blake, Kate Mitchell Dr Anne Grant and Jenny Gotz Papillo

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Photo Jo Freitag

After lunch the parents were addressed by Derek McCormack of Raising Children Network http://raisingchildren.net.au/

Then Michele Juratowitch of Clearing Skies Brisbane http://www.clearingskies.com.au/index.html presented ‘Gifted and Happy?’
Michele observed that whenever she speaks to parents the thing they most often say to her is “I just want my child to be happy!” Her own research influenced by the work of Dr Martin Seligman, Prof Miraca Gross, Dr Linda Silverman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi showed that students who were suitably placed in terms of educational challenge and true peers could be happy and did not have to make a forced choice.
I really enjoyed the experience of participating in the conference which ran very smoothly and catching up with friends and colleagues, especially the members of the VAGTC Committee, and also meeting and learning from so many people who are passionate about the education of gifted students.

OZeLIVE Reflections 1 Day 2

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

UNCONFERENCE SESSION

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Day 2 began with a fun Unconference session hosted by Coach Carole http://www.coachcarole.net/  where we shared some favourite tools and some PechaKucha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PechaKucha

Scoop.it http://www.scoop.it/

Feed.ly http://feedly.com/#discover

Livebinders http://www.livebinders.com/

Symbaloo https://www.symbaloo.com/

Smore https://www.smore.com/

Peggy George Smore https://www.smore.com/w0cm

Educators CPD Online Scoop.It http://www.scoop.it/t/teacher-cpd-online

Diigo https://www.diigo.com/

PechaKucha about Jo Hart Serendipity Fine Focus webinars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtljDGZKjUE

GLobal connected learning global presentation which Reinhard invited global teacher to help him present virtually http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJnemKxYEhY

Robin Long Kids Afield – Empoweri​ng kids to explore the natural world via digital photography

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http://designthinkingforeducators.com/design-thinking/

 

http://www.theeasyappcompany.com/app/easy-class-cam/

Tara Fagan and Vlad Finn Robots in the classroom

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http://www.romotive.com.au/

http://www.core-ed.org/thought-leadership/ten-trends/ten-trends-2014/learning-agency

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwfC3DW9_B0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUqc_xE5JK-pl8Ok6NfP2aIw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwfC3DW9_B0

Keynote Julie Lindsay Connect and collaborate for global understanding
 A pedagogical shift

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Jo Hart E-ngage and E-mpower with E-tools

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Cartoons area on Shambles … tools and ideas on how to use in classroom http://www.shambles.net/pages/school/cartoons/

Go! animate 4 schools
http://goanimate4schools.com/public_index

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/How-to-Play/Educators/

Make beliefs http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

Here is post on creating using make beliefs comix http://eschoolblogs.org.au/students/2013/11/20/using-comics-in-your-blog/

A blog post re Make Beliefs http://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/makebeliefs-comix/

A blog post re Toondoo http://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/toondoo/

Symbaloo  https://www.symbaloo.com/

ELFADA http://blogs.cyoc.wa.edu.au/elfadacourse/2012/04/03/making-your-blog-truly-yours/

Student blogging challenge
http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2013/10/27/week-7-connections/

Tasmanian blogs http://eschoolblogs.org.au

Anne Mirtschin The networked educator

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http://murcha.wordpress.com/

About.me  https://about.me/

Flavors me http://flavors.me/

Linked.In https://www.linkedin.com/

Tasteach bloghttp://tasteach.edublogs.org/

Community College Lakes Entrance http://trainingkitchenlakesentrance.blogspot.com.au/

Student bloggers http://eschoolblogs.org.au/students/

Junita Lyon http://junitalyon.acfe.vic.edu.au/

Global gtchat http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/

Classroom 2.0 http://www.classroom20.com/

Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/

International Dot Day http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

Skype in the classroom https://education.skype.com/

Student blogging challenge http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/

Teacher blogging challenge http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/

Keynote Chris Betcher Conversations for Change
What should we keep?
What should we throw out?
What should we change?

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“A curious kid with an Internet connection can learn anything”

“Give them something to care bout

Give them the tools to enable it

Give them choices

Get out of their way and let them do it.”

Mydailycreate blogspot http://mydailycreate.blogspot.com.au/

OZeLIVE Reflections 1 Day 1

ozelive4header1 I attended the first OZeLIVE Conference http://australianeducators.ning.com/ It was held 0n 22-23 February 2014 at times which were friendly for most Australian states (it was an early start for the Western Australians). Steve Hargadon and Coach Carole had set up a wonderful framework Ning and Blackboard Collaborate rooms and Shamblesguru, Anne Mirtschin and others provided tutorials and advice to help with participation Syba Academy http://www.sybaacademy.com/learning/academy-home sponsored the event It was an exciting time with lots of great feedback and reflections, people we met, lessons we learned and connections we made from:

    • Romania
    • Australia
    • USA
    • Thailand
    • New Zealand
    • Argentina
    • Saudi Arabia
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Japan
    • Nigeria
    • Malaysia
    • Spain
    • Ghana
    • UK

I was able to attend many of the sessions and will be listening to the recordings of the ones I missed at http://australianeducators.ning.com/ozelive-2014-recordings Here are some highlights of the sessions I attended and/or links that were given in them. Julie Lindsay Flattening the classroom ozelive4lindsay01 http://www.flatconnections.com/ http://www.flatconnections.com/flat-projects.html http://globalclassroom2013-14.wikispaces.com/ http://youthvoices.net/live http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-k12 http://popplet.com/ http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/ ozelive4lindsay02 Nancy White Liberating structures ozelivenancywhite03 http://www.liberatingstructures.com/ http://www.liberatingstructures.com/15-improv-prototyping http://onlinefacilitation.wikispaces.com/Visual+Work+and+Thinking Penny Bentley Open education resources ozelive4bentley http://search.creativecommons.org/ http://whyopenedmatters.org/videos/ http://www.opened.io/ http://www.oercommons.org/ http://coolstem.wikispaces.com/home-

http://cogdogblog.com/

Keynote Michael McGraffin Building the Global classroom http://globalclassroom2013-14.wikispaces.com/ https://voicethread.com/#q.b2410870.i0.k0 https://thesunnythoughtproject.wikispaces.com/
http://geogebraindia.blogspot.com.au/?view=magazine
http://www.penguinscience.com/
https://themalalaproject.wikispaces.com/
http://saveourrhinos.wikispaces.com/
http://openworldcause.com/
http://mgraffin.edublogs.org/ ozelive4mcgraffin

Virtually visiting the WCGTC Conference in Kentucky

Even if you are are unable to attend the 20th WCGTC Conference in Louisville Kentucky 10-14 August 2013 http://worldgifted2013.org/  the WCGTC have done an excellent job in providing opportunities to follow events live online Throughout the conference several people have been posting on Twitter from presentations and sharing links to presenters’ online work under the hashtag #WCGTC13 and posting comments and photos on Facebook.

I have been enjoying reading the comments and viewing the photos which have been posted and have even been able to listen to broadcasts of some of the keynote speakers via http://mixlr.com/wcgtc/me/

Global #gtchat will be holding a chat live from the conference on Monday, 12 August See http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/world-council-for-gifted-and-talented-children-20th-biennial-world-conference/
For me in Australia the time of the chat will be 8.30 am Tuesday 13 August.

I was really fortunate to be able to participate in a Skype chat with Leslie Graves, Lisa Conrad, Mary St George, Jen Torbeck Merrill, Stephanie Tolan, Carolyn K (Mrs Hoagies) Patricia Gatto Walden, Ingrid (Ingennios Illuminare  from Mexico) and Wenda Sheard who were attending  the conference in Kentucky and Stacia Trahan Taylor who joined in from Texas It was wonderful to see and hear  all those heroes of mine from the gifted education world!

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VAGTC EmpowerED for Giftedness Conference

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Last week I was very fortunate to be able to attend the VAGTC EmpowerEd for Giftedness conference which was held at CQ Function Centre Queens St Melbourne on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 April

The conference program can be read here
http://www.vagtc.asn.au/sites/vagtc.asn.au/files/Program%20at%20a%20Glance.pdf.

The main theme of the conference was differentiation and the keynote speakers were Susan Winebrenner from the US http://www.susanwinebrenner.com/and Debbie Youd from Tasmania. It was wonderful to hear Susan Winebrenner speak as her books are favourites of mine and ones I often recommend.
Susan Winebrenner’s opening keynote presentation was titled Compacting and Differentiation are Easy!  Her closing mini keynote was The most equitable way to provide gifted education services – The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model.

The conference also saw the launch of the ‘New opportunities for the gifted and talented directions paper’
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/diversity/Pages/gifted.aspx
This directions paper builds on the findings of the Victorian Parliament’s 2012 Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students (the inquiry) by signalling a renewed focus on the needs of gifted and talented children and young people, their educators and their families. For the final report for the 2012 inquiry, see: Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students

Jewel Topsfield wrote about this in The Age newspaper
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/more-state-schools-may-cater-for-gifted-students-20130422-2iaqr.html

David Southwick MP, chair of the Parliamentary Inquiry launched the ‘New opportunities for the gifted and talented directions paper’ and presented a conference session titled Unmasking Economic Potential of our Gifted Students in Victoria.

Sarah Humphreys of ACARA spoke about newly added provisions for adjusting the National Curriculum to meet the needs of gifted students See
http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/
Gifted and Talented
http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/StudentDiversity/Gifted-and-talented-students
Student diversity and the Australian curriculum
http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/StudentDiversity/Pdf/StudentDiversity

A Parent Seminar was run in conjunction with the conference on the morning of Tuesday 23. At this seminar Dr Anne Grant spoke about research into giftedness in early childhood and the factors impacting the transition to school.
Lynne Maher, the president of the Tasmanian Association for the Gifted, and her son Jonathan Geeves spoke about acceleration and the various types of acceleration which Jonathan had experienced. It was very helpful for the parents to hear about the social/emotional as well as the academic aspects of acceleration from a student’s point of view.
Susan Winebrenner also spoke to the parents covering many topics including differentiating instruction for gifted students and perfectionism

I also attended an excellent practical workshop presented by Andrea Blake and Kylie Graham titled Differentiating for Gifted Learners within an Inquiry Framework , a session presented by Christine Ireland titled Making differentiation work for gifted students: strategies, options and pitfalls and a session presented by Mark Smith describing the provisions for gifted and talented students at Macedon Grammar School titled Using Differentiation to Build Classroom Engagement and Uncover Student Talent

Conference participants were also treated to a display of fencing by Gabriel Spano and Sam Gilfillan, members of VRI Fencing Club https://www.vrifencing.com/   organised by Kayt Spano and Dr Zoltan Vilagosh directors of Fencing Victoria
Kayt describes fencing as ‘physical chess’ and says that it can be a sport for gifted students which builds transferrable skills in physical co-ordination and strength while appealing to their mental strategic and problem solving skills.

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There were also performances of Ave Maria and Gloria by singers from Salesian College, music from Mary McKillop College Leongatha, hip hop dancers from Damm School of Dance see their news item at http://www.daamdance.com.au/news.html  and the songs “Don’t write us off” and “If you could see the world through my eyes” written and performed by twice exceptional students from Kids Like Us http://www.kidslikeus.org.au/

A Tribute to Professor John Geake was given by Jonah Oliver and the book Explorations in mind A collection of articles by John Geake edited by Wilma Vialle was launched

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At the Conference Dinner life membership of the VAGTC was conferred on Christine Ireland in recognition and appreciation of her excellent commitment, contributions and service to the VAGTC and gifted education over many years.

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I enjoyed the experience of participating in the conference which ran very smoothly and catching up with friends and colleagues and also meeting and learning from so many people who are passionate about the education of gifted students.