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

Jo Freitag
Gifted Resources 

Gifted Resources Activity Report 2014

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During 2014 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 catalogue and circulated library books by post.

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

Presented on Jo Hart’s Edublogs Fine Focus Columbus Cheetah Myth buster in January and February 2014

http://johart1.edublogs.org/2014/02/11/edublogs-webinar-overviews-janfeb-2014/

http://johart1.edublogs.org/2014/03/02/edublogs-webinar-overviews-feb-2014/

Presented at the first OZeLive online conference 22-23 February 2014
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/ozelive-reflections-2/

Was a guest expert on Twitter #gtchat 0n 1 March 2014
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/guest-on-twitter-gtchat/

Presented at the Community Connect webinar 27 March 2014 https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/community-connect-webinar/

Presented on a Q& A panel to a group of teachers and designed a page One Page to Tell to summarise important issues
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/one-page-to-tell/

Presented at Jo Hart’s Edublogs Fine Focus (14/15 May 2014) – “One page to tell about giftedness”

Participated in RSCON 5 in July 2014
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/rscon-5-july-2014/

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/

Was invited to exhibit at Gifted Networking Expo but was not able to attend
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/featured-flyer-2/

Developed a Persona Doll for Sprite

https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/persona-dolls/
http://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/could-sprite-be-a-persona-doll/
http://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/sprite-as-a-persona-doll/

Participated in online conferences, webinars and weekly Twitter global #gtchat sessions
http://www.txgifted.org/gtchat

http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/

Participated in Jo Hart’s Edublogs Serendipity and Fine Focus webinars http://johart1.edublogs.org/
Participated in Australia eSeries webinars https://australiaseries.wordpress.com/

Updated the Gifted Resources blog https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/  and Sprite’s Site blog http://spritessite.wordpress.com/  which were both nominated for the Sydney Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs competition
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 Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook monthly creating challenges
http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/doc/253263591368971/
http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/creatingchallenge.htm

Participated in 52 Illustrations Challenge Group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/418616991575037/

http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/52illustrations.htm

Participated in INKtober 31 Group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1463633423897107/

Posted a daily My Sky Twitter Bird picture http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/mysky.htm

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Gifted Resources 

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One Page to Tell

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I needed to prepare a single page handout which could be used to provide a basic introduction to some of the important reference material and explain how Gifted Resources can help locate services and information relating to giftedness.

My first thought was to provide a page full of QR codes for all my favourite websites with the Sprite’s Site characters playing with the blocks and building with them. However, after experimenting with QR codes that were reduced in size and finding they were not clear enough to scan, I realised that I would not be able to fit all the QR codes of my favourite sites on a single page.

So I ended up creating the page pictured the top of this post. I am happy that almost all the topics I would most want to discuss are represented in some way in the picture.

I managed to include the signpost for information Gifted Resources can provide, all the methods of contacting me plus words or pictures relating to key issues such as

  • The specific educational and social/emotional needs of gifted people,
  • The Columbus Group definition of giftedness as asynchronous development
  • The Bell curve showing distribution of IQ levels in the population
  • Gagne’s DMGT model of development of innate giftedness into fully developed talent (emphasising the importance of internal and situation influences)
  • The diagram of underachievement (showing our role as teachers and parents in building a guard rail to prevent students falling into underachievement)
  • Myths surrounding giftedness
  • Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities represented by the Dabrowski Dogs

In order to include more topics and give links to my favourite web sites I would need a much bigger page. I am thinking that a board game format could be very effective.

If you had only one page on which to record as many things that were important to you about a particular topic as you could how would you choose to do it?

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/

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.

 

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
Commentary
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 2

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

It was a great thrill to be invited to present at this conference on how Gifted Resources uses the website, e-newsletter and social media to provide information and support to teachers, parents and service providers of gifted students.

The link to the recording of the session will be found at http://australianeducators.ning.com/ozelive-2014-recordings

My session is on You Tube at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCr-14YzfvM&feature=c4-overview&list=UUfns7VgoFLFlRd1JpUkwOUw

My slides for the session can be found on Slideshare at

http://www.slideshare.net/jofrei/signposts-for-roman-riders

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Jo’s CHAOS Plan 2

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C-Creation:

What exactly do you want to love into existence?

I am going to use this challenge ( See https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/jos-chaos-plan/) as an opportunity to consider the 2013 version of Gifted Resources, Sprite’s Site and my personal life– which in some cases means continuing with services and activities in their present form and in other cases means revising, updating or discontinuing them or creating something completely new.

H-How:

How will you know you’ve accomplished it? What kind of parameters do you need to complete your creation?
Using my image ‘Getting the 2013 wheels turning as an idea starter I will regard each activity as a separate wheel and  will be considering the activities individually with the help of mind mapping and then posting the resulting thoughts as blog posts

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Gifted Resources will continue to engage in project  work with Borderlands  http://www.borderlands.org.au/
The main foundation of Gifted Resources is the website http://www.giftedresources.org/  I intend to leave the website very much as it is but to update it as needed. Some sections need a complete revision, some just need updating and some need all the links to be checked and made to open in new windows.  Possibly a shopping cart may be added in future – I am still considering this.

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The other main activities of Gifted Resources are the monthly email newsletters and the four Holiday Programs newsletters. I will continue to produce these.
At present the newsletters are sent as a PDF attachment to regular emails and are also posted on the Gifted Resources website. The most recent edition can be read by following a link on the main page and back copies can be read in the Newsletter Archives http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/newsletter.htm

I may consider changing the form of the newsletter as I have seen some very attractive templates for email newsletter which are not sent as an attachment.

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For many years now I have been compiling the Gifted Resources Information Pack.
See http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/infopacks.htm

It is a collection of brochures, pamphlets, articles and business cards from psychologists, education consultants, parent support groups and extension programs and information about conferences and events relating to giftedness and to gifted and twice exceptional students.
The contents of the pack vary from time to time to reflect the currency and availability of the information. Although most providers now have websites and publish their information digitally, the Information Pack collection of hard copy flyers is still useful in many circumstances.

I am currently compiling the 2013 Info Pack

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At present most of my consultation work is conducted by phone, email and post.
Using Skype has enhanced the effectiveness of phone consultation and made it a more affordable method.

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Presentations can be given in person or in the form of webinars or Skype sessions
Last year I gave presentations for Jo Hart’s Fine Focus webinars http://johart1.edublogs.org/?s=Jo+Freitag  using Blackboard Collaborate and hope to do so again this year.

I will be talking to a group of parents at Village School in March and would like to give other in person presentations during the year.

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Last year I presented a Film Discussion on the film The Incredibles to a Lunch n Learn Group in Texas using Skype   
It worked well. The Skype connection was so good that I felt as if I were in the room with the participants. I would be happy to do more Film Discussions in that way.
Also as I have 3 plastic crates filled with Film Discussion kits another option would be to add the kits to the Gifted Resources Library collection and groups can borrow a kit to facilitate holding their own Film Discussion.

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I am in the process of re-cataloguing the Gifted Resources library

See https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/re-cataloguing-the-gifted-resources-library/

And https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/re-cataloguing-the-gifted-resources-library-2/

When the re-cataloguing is complete the Library page can be restored to the Gifted Resources website.

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In August 2012 I received an email telling me that I needed to either close the Gifted Resources blog or update it to the newer format. My tech guru, Jamie Tarling, put in a lot of work to update the blog and transfer old posts into it.
See: There’s life in the old blog yet
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/theres-life-in-the-old-blog-yet/
Since then I have posted reviews of books, programs, conferences, webinars etc to the Gifted Resources blog and I will continue to use it the same way in 2013.
At present I am reading three books published by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum and hope to post a review soon.

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Sprite’s Site blog http://spritessite.wordpress.com/   has the theme of Giftedness and 2E Twice Exceptional issues
In About the Topics http://spritessite.wordpress.com/about-the-topics/  you can read about the issues that have been discussed
The About Sprite page http://spritessite.wordpress.com/  describes the main theme of the blog.
Sprite is the twice exceptional (gifted with a learning difficulty or difference) cartoon character who is the Poster Child to illustrate Jo Freitag’s Feetspeak: 2E shoes presentations.
Feetspeak: 2E shoes is about planning programs that will be suitable for gifted students who also have a learning difficulty or different learning style using Edward De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes as the planning tool.
Sprite is always depicted as having an injured left ankle and needing to wear different shoes on each foot to illustrate the concept that she needs different educational provisions for both her giftedness and her disability.
The About the Characters pages describe the other characters you will meet on the blog.

I enjoy posting to Sprite’s Site as it gives plenty of scope for imagination and creativity as well as being able to present facts and opinions in a narrative form.

I would love to be able to produce books or e-books about the Sprite’s Site characters.
Last Christmas I gave mouse pads with the Twitter Bird bowers printed on them as gifts to some techie friends and I can imagine Twitter birds adorning mugs etc.

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Currently I enjoy participating in groups relating to giftedness and 2E issues on Facebook and Twitter, especially the weekly #gtchat sessions on Twitter.
I will consider possible expansion of participation in these areas – perhaps a Gifted Resources Facebook page or revisiting my Linked In profile which I set up but have not used.

I also belong to a couple of NING communities and should visit them more often.

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There is always so much to learn!

There are conferences in real life.
I will be attending the VAGTC EmpowerEd conference in April.
http://www.vagtc.asn.au/empowered-for-giftedness
Local libraries and groups offer real life opportunities.

MOOCs, webinars, global education conferences and many others offer so many online opportunities.
At the end of 2012 I participated in an online course about Digital Badges  which led to Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ and several other sources of self education which I would like to pursue if I have the necessary time, energy and ability.
At the moment I am trying to learn about creating computer games at Gamestar Mechanic and programming with Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/

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This is an area which gives me so much satisfaction and happiness.
I will continue to participate in the Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/  
monthly creating challenges
http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/doc/253263591368971/

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Regarding my personal life –  this year we will be celebrating 40 years of marriage.
I am enjoying the quiet pace of life in Rosebud and would like to continue to walk on the beach and appreciate the many species of birds that visit the garden.
In the past I have been very involved with writing and teaching church Sunday School programs and I have several plastic tubs of programs which I have written over the years which I would like to turn into online programs.  The church we are currently attending does not have a children’s program at the moment.

You can see on the mind map the purple dotted lines and text. These are the Wish lists or Possible? to do lists. They are the maybe I could?s . They are the What if…?
They are the Perhaps and the Imaginational Dabrowski says…. Lists
But it sounds more lofty and official to call them Aspirations!