Australia e-Series Tech Talk Tuesdays Webinar Part 2


Slide from presentation Photo Jo Freitag


I presented the second part of the Australia e-Series Tech Talk Tuesday webinar Personas, profiles and portraits: Sprite the Twice Exceptional on Tuesday 2 June 2015 at 4.00pm Melbourne time.

The second part of the presentation focussed on Sprite, the Twice Exceptional Gifted Student who is both gifted and also has some form of disability or learning difficulty/difference. It was appropriate to give a full session to this particular gifted profile as Sprite is the most fully developed and described of my Persona dolls. See  


Slide from presentation Image Jo Freitag



Also the education of 2E students is a huge topic.

We discussed
* identifying 2E students,
* myths relating to 2E students,
* catering simultaneously for giftedness and the disability using De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes as the planning tool
* possibilities for modifying studies for 2E students using S.C.A.M.P.E.R. as the thinking tool
* social emotional issues relating to 2E students


Slide from presentation Photos Jo Freitag



You can listen to the recording of the second part of the webinar at 

Slideshare for Part 2





2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge Step 2


This month I am participating in the 2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge

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
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

I have created a new Contact page

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

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  and also with Cultural Diversity week in Victoria


Information about the session can be found on the Australia e-Series blog at

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
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

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’




OZeLIVE webinar


I was really delighted to be able to present a session about the Persona dolls and profiles of the gifted and talented for the OZeLIVE! online education conference which ran from 27 February – 1 March 2015.

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag

The details of my session together with some feedback I received can be seen at

A recording was made of the session and can be found at

Errata: The reference slide should contain the wording All photos and images except  Gifted Awareness Week and OZeLIVE  logos  c. Jo Freitag