The Finishing Post

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

And today we reach The Finishing Post.

A post-it note on the signpost declares that the challenge has been completed successfully.

Beloved Snail is bringing Sprite a postcard from Sprite Doll and the other Persona Dolls over at Personas, profiles and portraits blog https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/  notifying her that they are celebrating the achievement of 10 posts on their blog with a tea party.
Retweet and Tweetelle are still enjoying the benefits of the GHF Blog Hop on the topic of parenting gifted and 2E children on a shoestring budget
And Postman Pedro Perez  is delivering a letter from Gifted Resources blog notifying of the completion of 10 posts and the announcement of the next challenge – InkTober.
He said that as Sprite had enjoyed making an International Dot Day poster she should attempt to create one drawing in Ink every day during the month of October.

Sprite has enjoyed participating in this challenge and would like to thank you so much for setting it up, Lisa.

This is the final post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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Best Australian Blogs 2014 Post 2

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Sprite’s Site has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

The shiny Vote for Me Now button has arrived and been installed in the sidebar of the blog.

The Origami Secretary Bird is literally beside himself, having arranged for a copy of himself to be assembled, in order to cope with the extra organization required to keep the blog running smoothly as well as participate in the competition. He is grateful for Imaginational Dabrowski’s suggestion that the theme for this year should be ‘Along for the Ride’

If you would like to vote for Sprite’s Site (and Gifted Resources blog and as many other great Australian blogs as you wish) click on the badge in the sidebar of the blog and follow the link to the poll. Gifted Resources blog is on Page 2 and Sprite’s Site is on Page 4. Be sure to select all the blogs you wish to vote for as you will only be given one chance.

December memories 2

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The other task I had for the Memory Elephant was to help me sum up the past year 2013 as recorded on Sprite’s Site blog and the Gifted Resources blog

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Sprite’s Site
There were 90 posts on Sprite’s Site during 2013. Some of the highlights were

January 13 posts
Summing up 2012
Planning for 2013
January creating challenge Twitter Birds visit the Circus
The Pair O’Noids black hat thinkers arrive to worry about stuff

February 9 posts
February creating challenge Let’s go fly a kite
Moodle sandbox
When extended family don’t get giftedness
What Seth Godin doesn’t know about gifted people – 2 blog posts written in reply to a post on Seth Godin’s blog

March 14 posts
March creating challenge Luck
Homework
Socialization and Qualified to teach – posts about home schooling.
Best Australian Blogs 2013 nomination posts
Easter

April 14 posts
Best Australian Blogs 2013 nomination posts
GT chat Labels

May 9 posts
Best Australian Blogs 2013 nomination posts
The Month of Maybe
Stealth learning – a post in Gifted Homeschoolers Bloggers Forum Blog Hop
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Gifted Underachievers

At the end of May Gifted Resources website suffered hacking caused by vulnerability to exploitation in WordPress, the platform for both Gifted Resources blog and Sprite’s Site blog.

Because of the problems the blogs now have new addresses
Gifted Resources Blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/ 

Sprite’s Site Blog https://spritessite.wordpress.com/  

Sprite’s Site also has a completely independent Sprite’s New Site on the Edublogs platform at http://jofrei5.edublogs.org/ 

It means that we lost the blog internal links and I had to edit all the posts on both blogs to restore broken links. Gifted Resources blog with only 50 plus posts was repaired fairly quickly but Sprite’s Site which celebrated its fourth birthday in June had over 600 posts and took much longer to clean up.

There were 0 blog posts in June.

July 1 post
Clean up complete

August 4 posts
The Twitter Stream – 4 posts about Twitter

September 2 posts
The Twitter Stream
CHAOS plan check

October 4 posts
Creating challenge – Spring
October creating challenge – finger painting
The Annual Lobby Lobster Fest
Halloween

November 1 post
Surviving the Christmas season- a post in Gifted Homeschoolers Bloggers Forum Blog Hop

December 28 posts
Christmas -28 posts relating to the Christmas celebration activities at Sprite’s Site

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Sprite’s New Site
Sprite’s New Site was set up as a completely independent on the Edublogs platform at http://jofrei5.edublogs.org/  in June and contains the main series from Sprite’s Site.
There were 23 posts on Sprite’s New Site

June 5 posts
Moving in and introducing the characters
Blog birthday celebrations

July 18 posts
2 posts about the Tweet family
6 posts about the Psychologist
10 posts about De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes

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Gifted Resources blog
There were 23 posts on Gifted Resources blog in 2013

January 5 posts
Planning for 2013
The new Gifted Resources Info Pack
Re cataloguing GR library

February 3 posts
Infographics
An answer for Penny Bentley
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

March 5 posts
Featured flyers

May 2 posts
Bright V Gifted V 2E
VAGTC conference

August 1 post
WCGTC conference

October 3 posts
2013 Reform symposium E-conference

November 4 posts
Global Education Conference 2013

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CHAOS Plan Check

We are now three quarters of the way through 2013 and it is time to pause and evaluate the progress I have made in the plans for this year.
You can read about the plans and how they were made in this entry posted in January  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/jos-chaos-plan-2/
This is the mind map of the plans

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Gifted Resources has continued to engage in project work with Borderlands this year http://www.borderlands.org.au/
The main foundation of Gifted Resources is the website http://www.giftedresources.org/  The website main page has been updated. Some sections still need revision. Some of the links have been checked and made to open in new windows but there are more still to do.

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So far this year I have written a newsletter each month and a second newsletter in March and also three Extension and Holiday Programs newsletters.

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I compiled a new hard copy Info Pack for 2013 and we are in the process of creating a CD version of it.

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At present most of my consultation work is conducted by phone, email and post.
Using Skype has enhanced the effectiveness of phone consultation and made it a more affordable method. I have continued this so far during the year.

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In March I talked to a group of parents and teachers at Village School. I would still like to give other in person or online webinar presentations this year.

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I have not organized any Film Discussions so far this year but I do have 3 plastic crates filled with Film Discussion kits ready for use and another option would be to add the kits to the Gifted Resources Library collection so that groups can borrow a kit to facilitate holding their own Film Discussion.

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I have very nearly finished re-cataloguing the books in the Gifted Resources library.
Several tubs of information have been sorted and I now have two tubs of conference handout papers and two tubs of articles. Some of the longer articles have been bound in folders and catalogued separately.
When the re-cataloguing is complete the Library page can be restored to the Gifted Resources website.

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This year I have only posted 16 entries on the Gifted Resources blog.
At the end of May Gifted Resources website suffered hacking caused by vulnerability to exploitation in WordPress, the platform for both Gifted Resources blog and Sprite’s Site blog.

Because of the problems the blog now has a new address
Gifted Resources Blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/
It meant that we lost the blog internal links and I had to edit all the posts on both blogs to restore broken links. Gifted Resources blog with only 50 plus posts was repaired fairly quickly.

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So far this year I have posted 67 entries on Sprite’s Site.

The blog was given a new theme when some of the illustrations appeared distorted

Sprite’s Site was again a nominee in the Best Australian Blogs competition. As part of participation the blog was given its own Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/spritessite

At the end of May Gifted Resources website suffered hacking caused by vulnerability to exploitation in WordPress, the platform for both Gifted Resources blog and Sprite’s Site blog.
Because of the problems the blog now has a new address

Sprite’s Site Blog https://spritessite.wordpress.com/ 

Sprite’s Site also has a completely independent Sprite’s New Site on the Edublogs platform at http://jofrei5.edublogs.org/

It means that we lost the blog internal links and I had to edit all the posts on both blogs to restore broken links. Sprite’s Site which celebrated its fourth birthday in June had over 600 posts and took a long time to clean up

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Currently I enjoy participating in groups relating to giftedness and 2E issues on Facebook and Twitter, especially the weekly #gtchat sessions on Twitter.
Sprite’s Site now has its own Facebook page

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There is always so much to learn!
MOOCs, webinars, global education conferences and many others offer so many online opportunities.

And I was able to virtually visit the WCGTC Conference in Louisville Kentucky and blog about it at http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/virtually-visiting-the-wcgtc-conference-in-kentucky/

In real life I attended the VAGTC EmpowerEd conference in April and blogged about it on the Gifted Resources Blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/vagtc-empowered-for-giftedness-conference/

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This is an area which gives me so much satisfaction and happiness.
I participate in the Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/  
monthly creating challenges
http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/doc/253263591368971/

In January the Twitter birds visited the circus
In February the Twitter birds made and flew kites
In March the theme was luck and the Twitter bird, Retweet, incorporated it into her NEST Ed studies
In April I created a new theme for Sprite’s Site and posts for the Best Australian Blogs 2013 competition
In May I celebrated the Month of Maybe with a Padlet sticky note wall
In June I created a set of the 2013 wheels with a Winter theme for the websites

In July I finished cleaning up the blogs with the help of the Twitter bird cleaning crew
In August I had fun creating splotches with a paint roller and turning them into scenes
And this month I created a set of wheels for Spring and the Twitter birds played games of Guess the Spring Phrase from the pictures they painted.

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Regarding my personal life – this year we celebrated 40 years of marriage. Our daughter organised a lovely afternoon tea for us in the All Saint’s Rosebud church hall
I am still enjoying the quiet pace of life in Rosebud, planting flowers, shrubs, cacti and herbs and photographing the birds in the area.
In the past I have been very involved with writing and teaching church Sunday school programs. I have sorted out the several plastic tubs and now have 3 tubs of programs which I have written over the years and 2 tubs of visual aids, worksheets and background reading materials. I have arranged for these to be willed to the library of MST (formerly Bible College of Victoria). I have not started to turn these programs into online programs yet.

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Clean Up Complete

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As you possibly know at the end of May Gifted Resources website suffered hacking caused by vulnerability to exploitation in WordPress, the platform for both Gifted Resources blog and Sprite’s Site blog.

Because of the problems the blogs now have new addresses
Gifted Resources Blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/

Sprite’s Site Blog https://spritessite.wordpress.com/ 

Sprite’s Site also has a completely independent Sprite’s New Site on the Edublogs platform at http://jofrei5.edublogs.org/

It means that we lost the blog internal links and I had to edit all the posts on both blogs to restore broken links. Gifted Resources blog with only 50 plus posts was repaired fairly quickly but Sprite’s Site which celebrated its fourth birthday in June had over 600 posts and took much longer to clean up.

It also had a flow on effect to links to the blogs which I gave during webinars, Twitter chats and included in previous newsletters. These will probably not be remedied.

I would like to (again) thank all the wonderful techie people who gave advice and helped to sort it out. A huge thank you to Jamie Tarling, my techie guru, who spent many hours working on the problem!
And also thanks to William Grant, Rick Freitag, Phil Hart and Jo Hart for more tech helpful pointers and to all the friends who checked progress for me and kept me feeling encouraged especially Hilde Buys from Denmark, Mary St George from NZ and Lisa Conrad from USA

And I would also like to thank the Twitter birds who worked tirelessly to clean up Sprite’s Site and produce the correct links.

If you have bookmarked the blogs or included them in your blogroll please update your bookmarks.

Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 17: Afterwards 2

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“I thought you were coming back on Wednesday to have a celebration for the end of the  Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian blogs 2013 competition” Sprite said

“I’m sorry! I was held up writing a post about the VAGTC EmpowerED conference over on Gifted Resources blog” I said
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/vagtc-empowered-for-giftedness-conference/
“It took longer than expected. But it is still Wednesday in some parts of the world”

“I decided to just order pizza” said Sprite.

Sneh Roy’s Cook Republic http://www.cookrepublic.com/ was the overall winner of the competition. The winners of all the categories are announced here http://www.writerscentre.com.au/bloggingcomp/2013competition.html

Congratulations to the winning blogs.

And a big thank you for all the support and kind wishes Sprite and company received from her readers. We hope you will keep on visiting.

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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