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

VOTE FOR SPRITE’S SITE

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 title on the blue Sprite’s Site header to see the sidebar.

Global GT Chat on Twitter

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All the characters at Sprite’s Site love the Global #gtchat sessions on Twitter as much as I do!

#gtchat is a discussion group on Twitter for parents, teachers and gifted advocates from all over the world to share resources, ideas, experiences and new ways of thinking about gifted issues #gtchat was founded by Deborah Mersino of Ingeniosus website

In 2012 Deborah Mersino, passed the moderator baton of #gtchat to the very capable hands of Lisa Conrad. GT Chat is now powered by Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and all the details can be found on their page at http://www.txgifted.org/gtchat

Transcripts of the #gtchat sessions are now created in Storify http://storify.com/  and shared at http://www.txgifted.org/gtchat-transcripts

Lisa Conrad has also created a blog Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/ where she gives an overview of the session including any links and other resources that were shared and announces future session topics and guest experts.
GT Chat also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/gtchatmod?fref=ts

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Recently #gtchat celebrated the 1 year anniversary of #gtchat being powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and discussed The Value of Twitter Chats http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/the-value-of-twitter-chats/

Twitter provides excellent opportunities for sharing ideas and resources.

In a wonderful, amusing and thought provoking blog entry on Dr Jeff’s Blog on the Universe astrophysicist, Dr Jeff Goldstein, the Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, explains why Twitter is so much more than a place for announcing the tuna sandwich you ate for lunch.

http://blogontheuniverse.org/2010/05/05/tweetisms-for-the-21st-century-on-science-education-and-the-human-condition/

Dr Jeff says:
Twitter is a water cooler for the 21st century. At this cooler you can meet fellow human beings from across the planet, and share thoughts about life, our world, and our children—common thoughts that bind us all, regardless of nationality. In an age when as never before humanity faces a perfect storm of global problems, it’s precisely this kind of water cooler you’d like to see, and to frequent.

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Declining the Table

“I don’t want to eat at the table tonight – I want to take a tray to my bedroom” said Sprite
“There- I have now finished my Latin homework!”
“I beg your pardon?”I said “I have not seen any sign of you working on Latin homework.”
“There, see – Decline table” said Sprite “DONE!”

“She makes me SO cross!” barked Intellectual Dabrowski “Sometimes I don’t know whether she is lazy or being smart aleck or if she is genuinely having problems doing her homework. I am sure she really does understand it. And if she does need extra help she could always visit these sites”

Trescolumnae Joyful Latin Learning
http://tconline.trescolumnae.com/

http://joyfullatinlearning.wordpress.com/

All about the Latin Language
http://www.learnlatinquickly.com/index.html

“I thought that was a very creative response!” said Imaginational Dabrowski “But I guess the teacher would not be satisfied with it.”
I made a mental note that I need to discuss the pros and cons of ‘Pleading the Pink Slipper’ with Sprite and post about it in a blog post soon.

This discussion about Mensa and tables and invitations to a seat at the table was very timely for me.
I had just enjoyed a #gtchat session with guest expert Lisa Van Gemert
http://lisavangemert.com/index.html

http://www.giftedguru.com/

from American Mensa http://www.us.mensa.org/

The Storify transcript, overview and links will be posted soon on the #gtchat blog at http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/

There was a theme of sharing together around the meal table in the
Cheetah Conservation Foundation News Fall Issue
http://cl.publicaster.com/ViewInBrowser.aspx?pubids=9223%7c627%7c63871%7c7941&digest=EzPi%2bOW4B%2fOs1wjVhx7Y3A&sysid=1

Lisa Conrad asked on her Gifted Parenting Support blog ‘Is there a place at the table for parents?’
http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/is-there-place-at-table-for-parents.html

And the Institute for Educational Advancement replied with a warm invitation
Parents, please take a seat at our table.
http://educationaladvancement.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/parents-please-take-a-seat-at-our-table/

I would love to see other organisations also expressing invitations like this as parents have a great deal of knowledge understanding and experience that they can bring to the table!

Preparing for the Blog Birthday Party

Preparations for the Sprite’s Site Blog Birthday Party are in full swing.
Sprite has made floral garlands for the Dabrowski Dogs and is bringing out her poster for the Flowers of Giftedness theme.
Imaginational is helping with suggestions for setting up the party area.
Intellectual noticed that Lisa Conrad of Gifted Parenting Support Blog http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com  had left a basket of morning glories in the Comments box and is bringing them to her.
And Psycho Motor is contributing a stick with the comment “Throw the stick! Throw the stick!”

Sprite has made floral garlands for the Black Dogs

The Taste Tester Dogs have been summoned and have posed for a group picture.

The Topiary Tessellation Flower Leaf Tree has been installed and the Topiary Tree Octopus, Octopus Topiarii, has very quietly taken up residence there.

Imaginational suggested that Flower Bowers would be the best way to accommodate the growing number of Twitter Birds who would be flocking to the celebrations.

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GT Chat is back this week and Sprite helped to decorate the #gtstoogies Lobby for the occasion.

Dr Jeff Goldstein’s  Twitter 21C water cooler  has been set up as well as the coffee machine and chocolate fountain.

And there are gifts for GT Chat founder, Deborah Mersino, and the new moderator, Lisa Conrad, and gifts and a rocket  cake for Krissy Venosdale of Venspired Learning who celebrated her birthday during the week.

GT Chat is back!

 

 

GT Chat is returning this week!
There is much excitement amongst the Twitter Birds. They are getting ready to share links to websites and books and articles of interest. And they are getting ready to help provide support, encouragement and comfort as folks from around the world discuss topics relating to giftedness and talent.

This  year the founder of #gtchat, Deborah Mersino, has passed the moderator baton to the very capable hands of  Lisa Conrad. GT Chat will be powered by Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and all the details can be found on their page at http://www.txgifted.org/announcements/gtchat-back  

GT Chat will be held on Fridays at 7.00pm EDT. At the moment that means it will be 10.00am Saturdays for participants in Melbourne and Sydney.
You can use World Clock Meeting Planner to determine the time for your area.

The NAGC’s ‘Bold Move’

This week the #gtchat session will focus on the implications of the NAGC’s decision to emphasise Talent Development rather than Giftedness

I noticed that, in preparation, Sprite had printed out a blog post by Lisa Conrad on her Gifted Parenting Support blog
The NAGC’s bold step and what it means for your gifted child http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com/2011/11/nagcs-bold-step-and-what-it-means-for.html
It begins ” In her inaugural message to NAGC members, ‘Taking a Bold Step’, Olszewski-Kubilius states, “I suggest that we take a bold step and consider making talent development, rather than giftedness, the major unifying concept of our field and most importantly, the basis for our practice.” Critics were quick to contend that this was a bold statement for the new president of an organization which is considered to be all about giftedness rather than talent development; even going so far as to suggest it change its name.
Nothing less than a firestorm has erupted in online gifted communities”

As usual the Dabrowski Dogs and Columbus Cheetah had gathered around to read  the article and discuss it with her.

This is the conversation I overheard:

Sprite: What does this mean?

Imaginational: I think it means that they want to broaden their definitions so that more students will have their talents recognised and developed so that they can achieve highly in different areas.

Psycho Motor: Sounds good to me – they might recognise bouncing as a talent!

Sensual (scratching his head) I don’t know. It just doesn’t feel right to me somehow.

Intellectual: Well it depends on your definitions of giftedness and talent, levels of giftedness, potential vs. achievement, nature vs. nurture and which development programs you are considering.
(Here Intellectual embarked on a lengthy discourse about definitions of giftedness etc, etc, etc… which could best be understood by visiting  Hoagies Gifted Education Page http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/ or Gifted Phoenix’s blog posts What are the key issues in Global Gifted and Talented Education? at http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/hello-world-2/ and http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/second-life-workshop-a-global-perspective-on-gifted-education/  )

Columbus Cheetah:  I am not sure what it all means. It is OK if it means they will keep Cheetah Programs and also have Fish Programs and Turtle Programs; but I hope it does not mean that Cheetah Programs will turn into Big Cat Programs, then into Feline Programs and end up as Animal Programs.

While Columbus Cheetah was saying this Imaginational was imagining the possible implications for Sprite considering that she is Twice Exceptional – identified as exceptionally gifted but with learning differences and disabilities which make it harder for her to demonstrate achievement and make her studies an exhausting experience for her.

Sprite: But what will it mean for me? Will I still be in The Program? People say I am in The Program because I am smart. Some of the kids in The Program are scary smart but I can keep up with them while we are just discussing and debating but not when we have to write about it. The tests said I was gifted but my work doesn’t look as if I am and I don’t think I have any talents to develop.

Emotional: You play the guitar.

Sprite: Yes, but that is only a hobby for fun. I am not a concert musician or anything.

Emotional: And you have great empathy and concern for the environment and people and animals and you have a good vocabulary and a quirky sense of humour and…

Intellectual: Don’t get worked up about it yet. They are going to discuss it on #gtchat http://www.ingeniosus.net/gtchat this week. We might find out then what it all means and how it will affect you.

D.I.Y. Coffee and cake

Unfortunately I will not be able to participate in #gtchat and the merriment in the #gtstoogies lobby this week so Sprite helped me to set up the coffee machine and dessert fridge so that you can help yourself.
Tweet and Retweet are having a great honeymoon at an undisclosed location and have sent us a postcard. Their wedding photo albums are still on the floor by the couch.
You will find a copy of the new book  Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson on the couch. For an excellent review of the book by Lisa Conrad see http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com/2011/09/making-choice.html

Caramel Cat has given up the idea of chocolate coating the mice by drenching them from above and has instead rigged up a ramp leading from the Mouse House to a chocolate plunge bath similar to the arrangement used for dipping sheep.

Belated Blog birthday celebrations

This week the some of the #gtstoogies were regretting that their children are now too old to have kids’ birthday party celebrations with theme cakes, lolly bags, pin the tail on the donkey, pass the parcel and musical chairs. They suggested that we could have a good old fashioned kids’ party for our #gtstoogies gathering.

Sprite was quick to tug on my sleeve and ask if we could combine our party with a belated celebration of her Blog Birthday which we did not celebrate in June.
And the Memory Elephant brought out a pictorial memory of last year’s occasion.
Last June we were celebrating the first year of Sprite’s Site blog and we did it in style!
You can read all about it at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/happy-birthday-sprites-site-2/

I told Sprite that this year’s event would not be as elaborate but the #gtstoogies are making exciting plans and more guests keep on turning up.
And the #gtstoogies hostess with the mostest, Lisa Conrad of Gifted Parenting Support Blog  http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com/ said to celebrate with gusto!
“The sky is the limit for Sprite!”

A Picnic at the Intersection

This week a picnic table has been set up for the #gtstoogies at the Intersection of Gifted Way and Asynchronous Drive.

In a post  at http://deepwaterscoaching.com/blog/?p=111 on her Deep Waters blog, written for the  Blog Tour for New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week Lisa Lauffer, alias Deepwaters Coach, gave an invitation to “Meet me at the Intersection of Gifted Way and Asynchronous Drive”
Very soon the #gtstoogies had arranged on FaceBook to not only keep the appointment with our beloved Chief Sanity Officer, but also to have a picnic at the crossroads.
Lisa Conrad, whose great  blog entry on her Gifted Parenting Support Blog stated    http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com/2011/06/making-connection-evidence-based-policy.html
“The time has come for members of the gifted community – parents, teachers, researchers, and advocacy groups – to come together and engage in practical and meaningful dialog on how to promote the needs of gifted children both in school and society in general”
was quick to agree to a picnic at the Intersection of Gifted Way and Asynchronous Drive.
Leslie Graves, aka LesLinks, from Ireland who also wrote excellent posts for the Blog Tour, one about parent power at http://innreach.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/giftedness-awarenessparent-power-and-taking-that-first-step/ and one about fun activities  at http://innreach.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/on-giftedness-a-few-activities-a-little-fun-and-keeping-the-spark-alive/ said that when a picnic is held at the crossroads in Ireland, it is also a time for dancing to Irish pipes and whistles.
So the Twitter Bird Band members were quick to find Irish musical instruments and head to the crossroads to participate in the festivities.
The telescope, which was set up for viewing the total lunar eclipse, is still available for the use of the #gtstoogies.
A description of the way the lunar eclipse would appear in Melbourne, Australia is given in the Melbourne Planetarium Sky Notes video at http://museumvictoria.com.au/planetarium/discoverycentre/skynotes/skynotes-video-june-2011/

When Sprite arrived at the intersection of Gifted Way and Asynchronous Drive she had a feeling that she had been there before. The Memory Elephant confirmed that she had actually been to the crossroads before, but at that time had not known the name of the roads and produced a picture to prove it.
As always when memories were being brought out the Dabrowski Dogs gathered round to add their comments.
On her first visit to the area (see the Feetspeak 2E Shoes page on Gifted Resources website at  http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/feetspeakforweb01.htm )  Sprite had been making very painful progress toward the De Bono 6 Action Shoes shop where she hoped to get the ideal shoes for Gagne’s DMGT Road from innate giftedness to fully developed talent. See http://www.templetonfellows.org/program/FrancoysGagne.pdf 
Sensual started scratching and Emotional started howling at this memory.

In Sprite’s mind the roads were called Shoes Rd and DMGTRoad. She thought of the other end of DMGT Road as Fund Road because that was where she had to go to find out whether she would be eligible for any funding,  special considerations  or assistance.
The other end of Shoes Rd was what Sprite called Plan Rd; because it was there that strategies for building an education plan for her could be found. Imaginational speculated about what plans could be made incorporating the “ideal funded solutions plaster cast” and the “do the most sensible thing” brown shoes and how the sensible brown shoes were well suited to the DMGT Road.
Sprite always wondered whether DMGT Road  and Plan Road met each other somewhere behind the distant hills.
Intellectual said that it could be reasonably extrapolated that if the plans made on Plan Road were suitable and were pursued to their conclusion that Plan Road  and DMGT Road would indeed meet up.
Psycho Motor was not really interested in the map of the roads. He knew he had seen the place before and the mention of shoes reminded him that he had taken one of Sprite’s shoes out to the garden to play with; so he bounced off to look for it!