2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge Step 3

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This month I am participating in the 2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge
http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/personal-blogging/

This series is for educators who want to have their own personal blog where they document their learning, share their teaching practices or use to create a portfolio of their work.
Each week I will be sent emails consisting of a link to the content to read, as well a task to complete as part of the challenge.

STEP 3 related to writing posts

Here is my STEP 3 RESPONSE

Q1. I watched Steve Wheeler’s You Tube video. http://bit.ly/1SBX3Ry
The main themes were
Blogging is a public form of communication – open and accessible to all – a global audience
It is maybe the most important form of unchoreographed discourse available to us at the moment
It takes time to build your audience
It could be said “Never has so much been written by so many to be read by so few”
Blogging clarifies your thinking and allows your topic to be discussed in public debate which then further clarifies your thinking

Q2. I listened to the Voicethread Advice to new bloggers at http://voicethread.com/myvoice/#thread/2130309/11372320/32254226

If I were going to leave a comment it would be
Hi! This is Jo Freitag from Victoria, Australia

At present I have 3 blogs for different purposes

  1. Gifted Resources blog the blog for my information service for teachers, parents and service providers of gifted students
    https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/
  2. Sprite’s Site blog based on a cartoon character Sprite who is a gifted student who also has learning difficulties and a collection of characters such as the Memory elephant and the overexcitable Dabrowski dogs
    http://spritessite.wordpress.com/
  3. Personas profiles and portraits which is my new blog about the creation of a set of persona dolls representing profiles of gifted students and their background stories.
    https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/

My advice to first time bloggers is to choose to blog about a topic which you are passionate about or information you would like to share

Comment on other people’s blogs and share the links to your posts on Twitter using the hashtags of the groups you follow

Participating in global projects and blog hops on specific subjects can also enhance the enjoyment and value of blogging.

The first post on my blog was https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/hello-world/

A key post for the blog is

Could Sprite be a persona doll? https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/could-sprite-be-a-persona-doll-2/

This post was imported from Sprite’s Site blog to help set the scene for the blog

The posts written for this blog begin at
And now read on https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/and-now-read-on/

A recent post https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/australia-e-series-tech-talk-tuesdays-webinar/

STEP 3 FEEDBACK

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2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge Step 2

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This month I am participating in the 2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge

http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/personal-blogging/

This series is for educators who want to have their own personal blog where they document their learning, share their teaching practices or use to create a portfolio of their work.
Each week I will be sent emails consisting of a link to the content to read, as well a task to complete as part of the challenge.

STEP 2 related to setting up pages particularly About me and Contact pages

Here is my STEP 2 RESPONSE

I have just added a Contact page to my blog Personas profiles and portraits https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/
It now has 12 pages as there is a separate page for each of the dolls so that they will each be easy to find without having to search through posts or the search bar and each page can be updated easily as I find more information and links to include.

I have created an About Jo page at https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/about/

I have created a new Contact page https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/contact/

Creating the Contact page brought to my mind again my intention to create an About.me online business card and to revisit LinkedIn and decide whether to update my profile there.

2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge Step 1

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This month I am participating in the 2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge

http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/personal-blogging/

This series is for educators who want to have their own personal blog where they document their learning, share their teaching practices or use to create a portfolio of their work.
Each week I will be sent emails consisting of a link to the content to read, as well a task to complete as part of the challenge.

STEP 1 related to setting up the blog and choosing its theme and appearance.
We were advised to check whether the theme we had chosen would be able to be viewed successfully on mobile devices and I was pleased to find that all three of my blogs are mobile friendly.
I have also created a gravatar now so that I have my personal avatar picture which will appear with comments I leave on blogs replacing the nondescript squiggle picture that used to appear.

Here are my responses to the exercises set for Week 1 and the feedback I received

STEP 1 RESPONSE

1) I love The Edublogger because it is packed with information and support
I also like Free Technology for Teachers and Teacher Reboot Camp for the same reason
The blogs that appealed most to me visually were Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the day and Primary Tech.

2) I have 3 current blogs all set up using WordPress

Gifted Resources Blog https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/
This is the blog for Gifted Resources which is an information service for teachers, parents and service providers of gifted and 2E twice exceptional students. The theme used for the blog is Twenty Eleven

Sprite’s Site http://spritessite.wordpress.com/
Sprite is a cartoon character developed to illustrate presentations about 2E twice exceptional students who are both gifted and also have learning difficulties or differences
The theme used for the blog is Twenty Eleven

3) My new blog which I will be using for this Challenge
Personas, Profiles and Portraits https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/
The theme I used for the new blog is Oxygen.
So far most of the images for this blog are photos which I have taken myself.
Topics that will be discussed on this blog will include
Persona/Diversity Dolls
Personal story narration
Dr. Maureen Neihart and Dr. George Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted and Talented 2010
Prof Francoys Gagne Differentiated Model of Giftedness & Talent 2.0
Building gifts into talents: Brief overview of the DMGT 2.0
Gifted and 2E Twice exceptional students (who are both gifted and have a learning disability/difference)
De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes
Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities
The characters and topics from Sprite’s Site blog depicted as dolls and soft toys

I am hoping to learn more about how to use this theme specially including sharing options, widgets etc.
Thank you very much for this opportunity.
WEEK 1 FEEDBACK

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Australia e-Series Tech Talk Tuesdays Webinar

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On Tuesday March 17th, 2015 at 4pm, Melbourne, Australia time I gave a presentation for Anne Mirtschin’s Tech talk Tuesdays webinar series about the persona dolls and profiles of the gifted and talented.

It was the first webinar in the 2015 series and coincided with Gifted Awareness week http://www.aaegt.net.au/?page_id=1170  and also with Cultural Diversity week in Victoria

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Information about the session can be found on the Australia e-Series blog at http://techtalktuesdays.global2.vic.edu.au/2015/03/04/personas-profiles-and-portraits-of-giftedness/

About this session: Tech Talk Tuesday will start the year off celebrating Gifted Awareness Week with guest presenter Jo Freitag. This session will discuss “Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness”: using personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted and talented and understand their particular needs. All students deserve an excellent education Gifted students need an education which is at an appropriate level, pace, depth and breadth.

Jo will use persona dolls and personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted that can aid in building an understanding of the needs of gifted students and a variety of methods for addressing their strengths and challenges. Please join us for this fascinating session.

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You can listen to the recording of the webinar at
https://au-sas.bbcollab.com/p.jnlp?psid=2015-03-16.2202.M.C78B7FB144B7CD5D77D4A5B3228670.vcr&sid=2007026

This webinar was similar to the one I presented for OZeLive but had some extra content added https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/ozelive-webinar/
Because of the additions it was not possible to finish the presentation in the hour and we decided to give a follow up webinar to be held 2 June 2015.

A SlideShare for this presentation http://www.slideshare.net/jofrei/personas-profiles-and-portraits-for-tech-talk-tuesday

Errata: The reference slide at the end of the presentation should contain the wording ‘All photos and images except Gifted Awareness Week and Australia e-Series logos c. Jo Freitag’

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Whose shoes?

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag

Shoes are a very important part of the costumes for my persona dolls.
They not only help to describe the backgrounds and characters of the dolls but can also be used as metaphors.
For example I have developed a program called Feetspeak: 2E shoes which uses De Bono’s Six Action Shoes action planning to select education and support programs which will be suitable for gifted and 2E students who are both gifted and also have disabilities, learning difficulties or differences.

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag

De Bono set

I have written about the De Bono Six Action Shoes on Sprite’s Site blog at
Orange gumboots https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/orange-gumboots/

Pink slippers https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/pink-slippers/

Grey sneakers https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/grey-sneakers/

Blue formal shoes https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/blue-formal-shoes/

Purple riding boots https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/purple-riding-boots/

Brown brogues https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/brown-brogues/

I have added a few extra types of shoe to add as metaphors for education and support programs for gifted and 2E students
Of course there is going barefooted which represents not having any provisions at all.
Then there are the sparkly sandals  which either represents a fun but not particularly demanding holiday program or a full time provision which is billed in the glossy brochures as a wonderful Extension Program and is often very expensive to attend but in reality turns out not to have much substance.
The Can Do adjustable Velcro shoe which represents either a flexible program or the ability to fit into a mainstream program without extra provisions

The plaster cast  which Sprite, the twice exceptional gifted student wears represents an ideal combination of the attributes of the 6 DeBono Action shoes to give support for her disability but can only be used if eligibility and funding criteria are met.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/new-shoes/

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Photo Jo Freitag

There is a lovely collection of pink slippers for the all the dolls to share
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/pleading-the-pink-slipper/

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Photo Jo Freitag

Felicity is the only doll whose white shoes are glued in place so they cannot be removed or exchanged

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Photo Jo Freitag

Some of the Persona dolls wear shoes which tell more about their situation or character than about the education programs they are involved in.

Sprite doll No 1 has a pair of soft blue boots, Miranda can wear smart red boots to match her red dress Sprite doll No 2 has a pair of brown boots with a badly scuffed toe on the left foot showing she had been dragging it. Adam has a pair of boots which are suitable for life on the farm. Nobody has claimed the cute pair of crocs yet. The black sneakers belong to Vince. Michaela the creative loves her sparkly shoes and Evelyn has a pair of formal blue sandals indicating that although her country area is not offering a full time program for gifted students whenever there is a program such as a visiting author giving a workshop offered she is included in it.

Photos Jo Freitag

Photos Jo Freitag