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

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


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

The recording of my OZeLIVE session can be found at

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

What next?

I have mentioned that from the beginning of this adventure I have been fortunate to have people who provided inspiration, information, and input of opinions.

But I do not know exactly where the journey will take me or what uses and roles my Persona Dolls will fulfil.

So far they have been used as illustrations for webinars about Neihart & Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted & Talented

There is a possibility that they will be used as examples of different types of student (not limited to gifted students) in training for mentors.

Other suggestions that have come from Facebook discussions are books and/or videos to tell their stories.


If you have any other ideas I would love you to leave your suggestions in the Comments section.

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see


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