Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 7: Interaction with webinars and online courses



I enjoy participating in online courses and webinars and often blog about the experience on Sprite’s Site.


On Friday mornings I try to attend the Edublogs Fine Focus and Serendipity webinars run by Jo Hart in a Blackboard Collaborate room. Often we discuss IT tools which can be used in education and then experiment with using the tools.
I have presented some Fine Focus sessions.
My Sprite’s Site posts about these webinars can be read at  and posts about my participation in Jo Hart’s webinars can be read on her E-verything blog at  


Global Education Conference
The free, online Global Education Conference runs around the clock for five days.
The conference presentations are given in Blackboard Collaborate webinar rooms
I have blogged about my participation in these conferences and a collection of the posts can be seen here


Reform Symposium
This was another free global online education conference which I attended and from which I learned a great deal and gathered a large supply of resources
Blog posts about my participation in these conferences can be found at

Online Courses
There are many opportunities to study online and Sprite’s Site blog posts about some of these can be found at


Digital Badges

And Moodle Sandbox


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.

Digital Badges 4

These are the badges I received as a result of the recent Digital Badges course with Peter Rawsthorne
overview at and forums at

The Participant Badge
Participant introduced themselves to the group via the discussion forum and actively contributes to 7 of the 12 primary discussion threads, also participates in one of the two lunch-and-learn sessions.

The Contributor Badge
Contributor does everything the participant does with the addition of contributing;
1. by designing badge images
2. creating a badge system design for another curriculum
3. blogs about their participation in this seminar series
4. other creative endeavours regarding digital badges

“Are you going to display them in the sidebar of the blog?” asked Sprite.

“Maybe, if I can work out how to embed them” I said. “But more likely I will leave them here in this post about Digital Badges.”

“We need a display case” said Sprite “We have the badges for Nomination for the Sydney Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs in the blog sidebar to remind us of the posts about our campaigns in 2011 and 2012.”

Best Australian Blogs 2012

Best Australian Blogs 2011

“And I think we have other badges that are included with posts but are not in the sidebar. The Memory Elephant would know!”

The Memory Elephant searched through the archives of the blog and found several badges with posts which were part of a blog tour or reflections on global conferences. Tweetil brought his newly earned Little Drummer Boy Badge and Tweetelle brought her Peacock Preening Badge to show us.

Here are the badges the Memory Elephant found

Fine Focus webinars

Calling all Bloggers: Sir Ken Robinson blogathon

New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week

International Week of Giftedness 2012/International Year of Giftedness and Creativity 2013 blogtour at

Global Education Conference

Reform Symposium

The Sketchbook Challenge

Gathered from the Global Education Conference 2012

Even before I finished searching through all the information I had collected at the Global Education Conference  the Twitter Birds dived into the goodie bag which the Memory Elephant had brought back.
They had let the Scratch Cat out of the bag
Barrow Bird was carting away links for Scratch tutorials and advice about Scratch at  and
Tweetelle was running around with pink paint; making pink dots on everyone’s feet, wings and paws so that they could participate in the World Museum World Friends Project

The Twitter Birds were particularly inspired by the Dream Flags Project  and Arts for Peace Big Project

A group of Twitter Birds sporting fine Movember moustaches went to set up a line of material flags bearing their dream poems and images in a public forum.

And the massed Twitter Bird Big Band started to practice for a Big Project performance on 20 December 2012.


After the Global Education Conference 2012

Unfortunately I missed the final session of Global Education Conference 2012  where they sum up the conference and everyone shares their highlights and draws on the whiteboard.

I could not stay awake long enough after attending an excellent session titled ‘Digitally speaking’ presented by Erik Palmer between 4.00 – 5.00am. The fun of the Final Session began at 7.00am

When I returned to Sprite’s Site I found Sprite scolding the Memory Elephant.

“Why didn’t you bring me any cake from the conference after-party?”

“I don’t remember any cake!” said the Memory Elephant. “Jo was asleep during the final session. But I did bring a whole lot more links and quotes and pictures.”

I can see that I have plenty of material for a number of blog posts and links to share in the Interesting Websites section of the Gifted Resources newsletter.

For a start I can catch recordings of sessions I did not attend at

And read blog posts relating to the conference at

View photos and slides contributed by participants at

And join groups for post conference discussion at

Then we can look at the information which the Memory Elephant saved for me during the 25 or so sessions I did attend and I can write more blog posts.

Checking in from The Global Education Conference 2012

During a break between sessions at the Global Education Conference 2012  I called in to Sprite’s Site for a cup of coffee and found a hive of activity there.

As I have already attended about 20 sessions the Memory Elephant had called in with a trunk full of souvenirs and a memory stick loaded with information, contact details, links and pictures and the Twitter birds were busy announcing website links and Twitter group hashtags and personal Twitter handles.

Here are some of the links they brought which will provide material for future blog posts and newsletter entries for me and activities and opportunities for Sprite and the Tweet family to connect globally.

Blogs about the conference

The links below are not live – I will organise that later when I write further blog posts and articles for the newsletter.

Getting ready for The Global Education Conference 2012

At Sprite’s Site we are getting ready for The Global Education Conference 2012.
There are so many great webinars to attend!

The free, online Global Education Conference starts Monday, November 12 (that is 1.30 am Tuesday 13 for me) and runs around the clock for five days. No registration is required you are encouraged to join the network for email updates and to connect with presenters and participants.

The conference schedule can be found here

This is the conference schedule for Victoria Australia

To get you started there is a ‘How to do it’ prezi by Shamblesguru Chris Smith at

He has also posted a video about Finding a session and connecting on You Tube at 

The conference presentations will be given in Blackboard Collaborate webinar rooms and you can keep up to date with news of the conference by using the #globaled12 hashtag on Twitter.

November Blog Day 10: Good intentions and playing catch up

My calendar tells me it is the Day 12 of November but my November Blog Day entries are only up to Day 9; so today I intend to post three entries in the series.

I have enjoyed revisiting the scenes and describing the stories behind the various characters on the blog; but as I do so I am also discovering a number of loose threads which need to be tied off and a number of hints at future posts which did not eventuate. And possibly I will use this series to remedy that – but I will not make any promises – just in case I do not keep them!

For example: I participated in the Reform Symposium See Jofrei, Sprite and the Dabrowski Dogs visit #rscon10 2 August 2010
I had some blog entries at the Reform Symposium site and a couple of posts on Sprites Site such as  The Pool of Collected Reflections 8 August 2010
I intended to write critiques of several of the sessions I attended. I had written a post announcing this and was going to add that post to Sprites Site and write the five post series.  I still have not written that series.
Now I am about to participate in another online conference next week –  The Global Education Conference