OZeLIVE 2016


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

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


I presented a session titled Persona Dolls: Dressed for learning.
Clothes can be used to illustrate nationality/ethnicity, religion, historical period, character/occupation, customs and lifestyle, dress style preferences, and also as an analogy for other characteristics (eg De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats and De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes)
My friend Judy Murcutt sent me photos of her collection of dolls from many different nations to help illustrate the session.
As well as discussing the use of Persona Dolls and other dolls in education we talked about the resources available for teachers who want to participate in Diversity Week and Harmony Day.
Gifted Awareness Week Australia 13 – 19 March 2016 activities were also mentioned.
For details of the events for the week see http://www.aaegt.net.au/?page_id=1170

The recording of my OZeLIVE session can be found at https://sas.elluminate.com/drtbl?sid=2008350&suid=D.51092091ED4B4597AC051BB74A41CD

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

Australia e-Series Tech Talk Tuesdays Webinar


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


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.


You can listen to the recording of the webinar at

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’