Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 6: Interaction with Facebook

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Sprite’s Site benefits greatly from interaction with Facebook

My Facebook page is located at http://www.facebook.com/jo.freitag.9
Some of the posts on Sprite’s Site are announced here.

There are several groups, some open and some member-only, which I visit regularly to share on both a professional and a personal level.

The Brilliant Chaos group http://www.facebook.com/groups/brilliantchaosonline/  
provides inspiration and support for creation and creativity. Members of the group share pictures and links to blog posts about the novels they are writing, their art and craft and the processes involved.

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This year the Brilliant Chaos group has set up a Year long challenge which helped me to formulate plans for 2013 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/jos-chaos-plan/ and https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/jos-chaos-plan-2/

As I could have predicted all the characters at Sprite’s Site blog had opinions about what the wheels I used to illustrate my plans for 2013 meant and what they would mean for them personally. https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/wheels-within-wheels/

The Brilliant Chaos group also issues Monthly creating challenges. You can see the Sprite’s Site responses to monthly creating challenges here.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/creating-challenge/
I have used the April creating challenge as an extra incentive to write a post a day this week explaining Sprite’s Site’s relation to social media for the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2013 Competition

The Facebook group Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: Bloggers Group  is a great place to discuss blogging about homeschooling issues and share links to blog posts on their Weekly Share Thread. They also organize blog tours.

The Facebook group Facing IT http://www.facebook.com/groups/facingit/    is an open group managed by Australian educators for anyone facing up to the challenges of using information technologies for communicating, teaching and learning.
It is very helpful for receiving information about using IT in education and for links to online courses and webinars. Members of the Facing IT group recently gave me advice which led to changing the theme for Sprite’s Site http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/blog/?p=4193  

There are many Facebook groups specifically relating to giftedness, one of which is the New Zealand based but global in outlook Mary’s Gifted Contacts http://www.facebook.com/groups/gifted.contacts/
I sometimes announce Sprite’s Site posts on this group. Mary also uses her Facebook group to help with the organization of a blog tour as part on of the New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week. Sprite’s Site has enjoyed waving to New Zealand across the ditch during these blog tours https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gifted-awareness-week-new-zealand/

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Vote for Sprite’s Site (and as many other great Australian blogs as you like) by clicking on the Vote for Me button in the sidebar of the blog. But you can only vote once: so be sure to make the vote count. Sprite’s Site is on Page 4 O-S.

If you have entered Sprite’s Site by following a link to a specific post you will need to click on the Sprite’s Site header to see the sidebar.

Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 5: Interaction with Twitter

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Sprite’s Site has a close connection with the social media Twitter and the iconic Twitter birds.

My Twitter handle is @jofrei

Naturally I use Twitter to receive and share information, to socialise, give and receive encouragement and to announce my blog posts.
I enjoy participating in Twitter chats particularly #gtchat and many of the posts on Sprite’s Site are related to #gtchat

 

Posts tagged with Twitter can be found at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/twitter/

Posts tagged with gtchat can be found at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gtchat/

Blog posts on Sprite’s Site have been used for #gtchat discussion starters or contributions such as the experiences of the Tweet family at http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/blog/?p=4064  for introducing the chat session Coping when extended family doesn’t get giftedness https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/when-extended-family-dont-get-giftedness/
and
Sprite on the topic of homework https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/sprite-on-the-subject-of-homework/ for The Homework Dilemma http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/the-homework-dilemma/

Sprite’s Site posts are quite often referenced in post chat write-ups on the Global GT Chat Powered by TAGT Blog http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/

Sometimes Sprite’s Site posts are picked up by Paper.li creators such as

Kim McNeill Gifted kids and Parents http://paper.li/kim_mcneill/1304624896

Sonia Dabboussi   Gifted Success http://paper.li/soniadabboussi  

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The Twitter Birds are also characters on Spite’s Site

The Twitter bird images were adapted from birds in a set of free Twitter Bird icons available at http://www.productivedreams.com/free-twitter-bird-icon-set/
The Twitter birds play an active part in the blog by bringing links of interesting websites and holding their own events such as weddings https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/wedding-album/
going A-MAY-ing https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/a-may-ing/
and participating in creating challenges https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/creating-challenge/

Twitter Bird Bowers have been set up on Sprite’s Site to house the 100 plus musicians, poets, scientists and pirates
And during the 2012 Olympics Un-Olympics Bowers were also added to Sprite’s Site https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/un-olympics-bower/

We witnessed the wedding of Tweet and Retweet and are now following the story of The Tweet family https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/tweet-family/ and their gifted Tweetlets, Tweetil and Tweetelle, and their Great Aunt Hashtag.
The stories have covered subjects such as  parenting, giftedness issues, choosing schools, homeschooling and consultations with the Psych-Owl-Ogist  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/psych-owl-ogist/

For the collection of posts relating to the Twitter Birds see https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/twitter-birds/

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Vote for Sprite’s Site (and as many other great Australian blogs as you like) by clicking on the Vote for Me button in the sidebar of the blog. But you can only vote once: so be sure to make the vote count. Sprite’s Site is on Page 4 O-S.

If you have entered Sprite’s Site by following a link to a specific post you will need to click on the Sprite’s Site header to see the sidebar.

Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 4: Interaction with other blogs and blog tours

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Sprite is keen to demonstrate the interaction that Sprite’s Site has with other blogs by participating in blog tours, leaving and receiving comments and mentions and inclusion in blogrolls.

Last August I received an email telling me that I needed to either close my other blog, Gifted Resources blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/  or update it to the newer format. I had neglected that blog as all my blogging energy has been poured into Sprite’s Site for the last few years.

My tech guru, Jamie Tarling, put in a lot of work to update the blog and transfer old posts into it. It was exciting to see the possible formats and themes on offer for the updated version. The picture in the blog header changes randomly from a selection of Gifted Resources pictures at each page refresh. http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/theres-life-in-the-old-blog-yet/

It meant that I was now ‘two-blog lady’ and had to divide my time between the two blogs. You can read about the reactions of the Sprite’s Site characters here
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/between-the-blogs/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/between-the-blogs-2/

Here is a round up of the posts on Spite’s Site and Gifted Resources blog during 2012 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/that-was-the-year-that-was-2012/

Sprite’s Site participated in blog tours, blog hops, blogathons etc including

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Calling all Bloggers: Sir Ken Robinson blogathon
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/beyond-our-ken-sprite-tries-to-fathom-the-nature-of-creativity/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/beyond-our-ken-sprite-tries-to-fathom-the-nature-of-creativity-part-2/

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What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People  – Answers to a blog post by Seth Godin organised by the Facebook group Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Bloggers Group
What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People: Goes the other way? I think not!
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/what-seth-godin-doesnt-understand-about-gifted-people-goes-the-other-way-i-think-not/

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People: Goes the other way? I think not! 2
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/what-seth-godin-doesnt-understand-about-gifted-people-goes-the-other-way-i-think-not-2/

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NZ Gifted Awareness Week Blog Tours

New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gifted-awareness-week-new-zealand/

In 2012 I answered the call for posts and filled in TBA (To Be Advised) as the proposed topic for the post. I will be careful not to make that mistake again; as having said I would write about TBA I felt obligated to do so and ended up writing a series with a total of 7 posts for the blog tour.

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Gifted Awareness Week Namibia
The post Namibia, cheetahs and gifted students https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/namibia-cheetahs-and-gifted-students/  was written at the invitation of Roya Klingner from the Global Center for Gifted Education as a part of Gifted Education Awareness Week in Namibia.

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Hilde Buys from Denmark picked up my post Reading to dogs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/reading-to-dogs/ and commented on it on her 2E Dansk blog http://2e-giftedogdiagnose.blogspot.com.au/
in a post titled ‘Læsning til hunden med Sprite og 2e-footsteps’  at http://2e-giftedogdiagnose.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/lsning-med-sprite.html
I wrote about Sprite’s visit to Denmark  at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/sprite-in-denmark/

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A set of posters about Creativity was created for
International Week of Giftedness 2012/International Year of Giftedness and Creativity 2013 blogtour at http://iygc.wordpress.com/
at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/be-creative-with-the-dabrowski-dogs/

Inclusion in Blogrolls and mentions in posts on blogs and commenting on blog posts.

Sprite’s Site enjoys excellent relations with many blogs and provides commentary and links to posts on them and is quoted and linked to in their posts.
Some of the main blogs which Sprite connects with are:

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Jo Hart’s E-verything blog
http://johart1.edublogs.org/?s=Jo+Freitag

Lisa Conrad’s Gifted Parenting Support
http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com.au/

Global #gtchat powered by TAGT blog
http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/?s=Sprite%27s+Site

http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/?s=Jo+Freitag

http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/?s=Gifted+Resources

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Lucky I had my lucky horseshoe with me!

This month, because St Patrick’s Day is celebrated during March, Luck has been suggested as a topic for the Brilliant Chaos Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/ creating challenge.

Retweet was delighted as it provided her with a topic that she could use to incorporate many different curriculum areas for her family’s NEST Ed studies

Each day Retweet sets the Tweetlets a project. They have to discuss or illustrate the sentence Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me because ____________
inserting various items often considered to be lucky.

Today Intellectual and Imaginational Dabrowski visited to help the Tweetlets decide how to use their lucky horseshoes.

Intellectual was very matter of fact and suggested this response to Tweetil

Lucky I had my lucky horseshoe with me because I can use it as a plumb line, play the horseshoe toss game and use it as a weight to lift a basket up to my tree house.

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Imaginational whispered to Tweetelle that a horseshoe would make a fine anchor for her dream galleon.

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Lucky I had my lucky acorn with me!

This month, because St Patrick’s Day is celebrated during March, Luck has been suggested as a topic for the Brilliant Chaos Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/ creating challenge.

Retweet was delighted as it provided her with a topic that she could use to incorporate many different curriculum areas for her family’s NEST Ed studies

Each day Retweet sets the Tweetlets a project. They have to discuss or illustrate the sentence Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me because ____________  inserting various items often considered to be lucky.

Today their studies focussed on science and the lucky object which had to be incorporated in some way was an acorn.

Tweetelle’s response was Lucky I had my lucky acorn with me because if I plant it, it will grow into a great big oak tree and lots of Twitter birds can build nests in it and there will be lots and lots of lucky acorns on it.

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Tweetil’s response was Lucky I had my lucky acorn with me because it always hits the puddles I aim for – if I fire it from the lucky angle.

After she had given stern warnings about purposeful splashings, https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/marking-time-to-the-beat-of-their-own-drum/ Retweet was quick to build on Tweetil’s response and challenged him to see whether he could find a way to work out what the lucky angle was so that he could always be more accurate and whether the lucky angle would work for other acorns as well as the lucky one. This led to questions about whether the acorn would travel further if it was launched with a greater velocity.
And they had a field trip to the local military history museum to investigate.
“I’m so glad we decided to continue with NEST Ed!” Retweet said

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Lucky I had my lucky four-leafed clover with me!

This month, because St Patrick’s Day is celebrated during March, Luck has been suggested as a topic for the Brilliant Chaos Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/ creating challenge.

Retweet was delighted as it provided her with a topic that she could use to incorporate many different curriculum areas for her family’s NEST Ed studies

Each day Retweet sets the Tweetlets a project. They have to discuss or illustrate the sentence Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me because ____________  inserting various items often considered to be lucky.

Today their studies were mainly centred on home economics and the lucky object which had to be incorporated in some way was the four leafed clover.
Retweet was grateful that Great Aunt Hashtag was not present as she would have been sure to disapprove of the content of the lessons, the culinary methods Retweet was using and the responses of the Tweetlets.

Tweetil’s response to the project was

Lucky I had my lucky four-leafed clover with me because it tastes great as a salad with wormecelli!

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Tweetelle’s response to the project was

Lucky I had my lucky four-leafed clover with me because I can use it for a plate for my seed heart or a pet bed for my caterpillar.

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Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me!

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This month, because St Patrick’s Day is celebrated during March, Luck has been suggested as a topic for the Brilliant Chaos Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/ creating challenge.

Retweet was delighted as it provided her with a topic that she could use to incorporate many different curriculum areas for her family’s NEST Ed studies

For language studies they talked about the definitions of luck, chance, probability, fate, fortune, blessing, abundance, karma and for mathematics they studied probability.

They discussed the good luck versus bad luck versus natural consequences of behaviour and the attitudes towards faith and blessing, fate and karma in different religions and the pot of golden bird seed at the end of the rainbow.

And each day Retweet set the Tweetlets a project. They had to discuss or illustrate the sentence Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me because ____________
inserting various items often considered to be lucky.

Each day this week I will post one or two of the responses to the project from the Tweetlets.

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