Free Education Online Webinars

On Thursday 21 April 2016 the Persona dolls helped to illustrate a presentation for Free Education Online Webinars. It was the first session of a two part series and the teachers who participated used the whiteboard slides and the chat text box to interact with each other to find solutions to the needs of students described in Neihart & Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted and Talented.

The title of the presentation was Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness.
The recording of the session can be found at

Vanessa Crouch, the moderator also created a Padlet page to collect all the references mentioned during the presentation at


Part 2 was presented on Thursday 28 April 2016.
The second part discussed Sprite, the Twice Exceptional student, causes of underachievement, and De Bono’s 6 Action shoes.

The recording of Part 2 can be heard at
Vanessa Crouch’s Padlet for Part 2 is found at

2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge Step 7


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 7 relates to Cool Tools to Embed

For this step I have included  SlideShares in two posts

I was able to embed these without any problem.

However I had problems with embedding some other tools which I created.
By following the instructions I could make a link appear but the program was not embedded.
I am wondering whether it is to do with something in the settings of my blog?

I created a Fotobabble of Bearnice at and tried to include it without much success in the post

I created a Voicethread to connect with teachers and practitioners asking for feedback about how they would use this particular set of persona dolls.
It can be found at

As with Fotobabble I did not have any success with getting the Voicethread to embed The post in which the link to the Voicethread was included is

I created a Voki to introduce the blog at
I had no success in getting the Voki embedded in the sidebar of the blog.

I liked Popplet and will add Popplet Lite to the iPad

I made a Padlet at

The link to the Padlet is included in the post Feedback sought

FEEDBACK for Step 7


Feedback sought

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag

A persona doll is a doll developed by a practitioner/educator to enable children to gain an awareness and understanding of the richness and diversity of different backgrounds and lifestyles as well as to help children learn strategies for dealing with unfairness against themselves and others.

The dolls are given personalities, family and cultural backgrounds, likes and dislikes and the stories that are created around them enable children to explore positive and negative emotions.

Persona dolls can be used by teachers, psychologists and counsellors for education play therapy or professional development.
My set of Persona dolls represent various profiles and aspects of gifted students.

How would you utilize this set of dolls in your classroom or practice?

Please would you be so kind as to visit and leave a comment by voice, video or text on my Voicethread at

Or you could visit my Padlet and leave a sticky note comment for me there at