And to Sprite I leave…

A belated addition to my Month of Maybe To Do List updating my will.


I realised that the most recent version of my will was written over twenty years ago when our children were all young. It mostly related to ensuring that the children would have guardians and would be given the best possible physical and spiritual nurture and educational opportunities. Our assets, (apart from our library of theology books which was bequeathed to Bible College of Victoria), were to be sold to provide for the children.
At that stage Gifted Resources did not exist.
I had not created any intellectual property
And I did not have an online presence.

The story is quite different now.
The children are all adults.
Most of our assets do not have much monetary value but could have sentimental value and I am confident that the children will be able to work out their distribution with the help of some specific directions in my new will.

I have several tubs of church school programs which I have written which I intend to make into online courses if time and energy permit. I am hoping I can give the physical versions of the programs with the books to the Bible College.

But what does concern me is what will become of Gifted Resources and Sprite’s Site, the resources relating to giftedness that I have gathered and the programs that I have created. I do have a couple of people in mind that may be prepared to take on some of the parts of Gifted Resources work. Who do I give the computer which houses the files? Or should I make up collections of files to be given to various people and bequeath them a disk or USB drive?

At the moment I am looking into how to manage the online aspects.
For example how long do blogs remain on the net? How can I will my website to ensure it will continue to be updated and remain useful? How can I authorise some accounts to be closed?
An article in The Economist discusses this and there were a few clues such in an article in The Telegraph relating to Google Inactive Accounts Manager
I will write a blog post about it and maybe share the information via Jo Hart’s Fine Focus webinars  when I have found out more.


SO For a starter
To Sprite I leave…


One bedroom with study area

One lobby area with window, tables, sofa, chocolate fountain, 21C water cooler, pizza oven, refrigerated cabinet, coffee machine, whiteboard and message board

Assorted chairs and desks, laptop computer, guitar, photo albums, charts, maps and mind maps

Garden with arch, outdoor furnishings, spotlight, telescope and Twitter Bird Bowers

One crossroads with signpost

Full set of shoes from De Bono’s Six Action Shoes collection plus assorted extra footwear


I confer on her responsibility for the care of

100+ Twitter Birds

50+ Taste Tester dogs

7 Black Dogs

5 Dabrowski Dogs


Unspecified numbers of Mice, Lobsters, Red Herrings, Meerkats, Monkeys and Soft Toys

One of each Giraffe, Kiwi, Echidna, Ibis

Caramel Cat

Pugnacious Loyola

Origami Secretary Bird

Columbus Cheetah

Memory Elephant

And an Octopus Topiarii in a Topiary Tessellation Bird Leaf Tree


Well, that was easy!

But to whom do I leave Sprite?

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

Fine Focus Webinar Part 2

Jo Hart has posted on her E-verything! Blog  an overview of the second part of my Fine Focus session ‘Which de Bono Action Shoes are best for a 2E student on Gagne’s DMGT Road?’

The session was recorded and can still be accessed using the link

I began with a brief recap of the first session – see Jo Hart’s post at

Topics covered in the recap were

  • Edward de Bono’s Six Action Shoes
  • Gagne’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent;
  • the Six Action Shoes in the context of the Feetspeak Quest Map;
  • a reminder of the six shoes and their relationship to the Gagne DMGT model.

The main focus of the second session was a consideration of combinations and variations in the shoes. We explored the possible combinations of two shoe types to produce modified action plans. I also shared some extra shoe types which I have added  that broaden the program possibilities including Sprite’s plaster cast that symbolizes the support that may be available through eligibility for funding!

We looked at the needs of 2E students and the S.C.A.M.P.E.R. methods of varying the program to make provisions for them

Clock dance

Time to do the World Time Zones Clock Dance again! On 7 October some Australian states went onto Daylight Saving Time. Now Jo Hart’s Serendipity and Fine Focus Webinars will be at 10.00am Friday and #gtchat sessions at 10.00am Saturday for Victoria and New South Wales. You can work out the time for your part of the world at

Cuckoos in the nest

Meanwhile back at the Tweet family nest Tweet and Retweet had made the bold decision not to send the Tweetlets to FLOCK Ed    but to continue to use NEST Ed  and were now defending their decision to disapproving friends and family.

The Tweets had engaged me to provide some mentoring to Tweetelle for her artistic pursuits and we were busily trying to create a Twitter Bird Advent calendar and some other gifts for the Christmas/holiday season.
And Tweetil was investigating his hypothesis that eating fermented beans and other vegetable matter would provide sufficient power to provide him with rocket propulsion. The results of his experiments were an upset tummy and a foul smelling, greeny brown cloud surrounding the nest.

Of course it was at this moment that Great Aunt Hashtag paid a visit with the intention of persuading the Tweets to send the Tweetlets to the local flock so that they would become normalised and socialised!
“I swear these Tweetlets of yours get stranger every time I see them!” scolded Great Aunt Hashtag. “Are you sure they are not cuckoo chicks? But it would certainly be very unfortunate to have TWO cuckoo chicks in one nest. They say ‘The Cuckoo never strikes the same nest twice’.”

“No, they are definitely not cuckoo chicks! I didn’t ever leave the nest for long enough for a cuckoo to come and replace one of my eggs. I was quite paranoid about it! Tweet always brought food to me and minded the nest himself if I had to step out” replied Retweet.
But mentally she was conceding that she had wondered the same thing herself sometimes. Her Tweetlets were so different from those of her friends that they might have been put in her nest not just by cuckoos but by aliens!

Retweet had already decided that it could be useful to attend a meeting of Cuckoo Strike Parent Survivors who had managed to rear a cuckoo chick despite the tragedy and disruption to their own nest in the hope that she might learn some strategies for raising her Tweetlets.

Listening in on their conversation I remembered an excellent SerendipEd Fine Focus webinar given by Jo Hart titled A cuckoo free Twitter nest which discussed precautions to take to avoid problems with sp*m, ph*shing and h*cking of your Twitter account. The recording  is posted  on Jo Hart’s E-verything blog at

Avatar Album 2

A bit over a year ago after participating in a SerendipEd webinar  about creating Voki and avatars I created an Avatar Album for Sprite

Recently the topic was revisited on the webinar and although I only attended the last few minutes I learned of several avatar creators which I had not previously seen

So Sprite posed again for a portrait and a campaign poster for the Best Australian Blogs 2012 competition  and she was very pleased with the results

Here she is holding her portrait which was created using Flashface

I tried out several of the avatar creators mentioned by Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) on his “My Avatars page” which he added after the session to his already amazing collection of pages of useful education related links.

I am ashamed to say I cannot remember which avatar creator yielded this image but Sprite liked it enough to use it for her campaign poster for Best Australian Blogs 2012

And despite Sprite’s aversion to pictures of people which are too cartoonified and animals which are anthropomorphised she does love to dress up for Build Your Wild Self
So we revisited that site and she had fun dressing up as a butterfly peacock!

Do you know the Dabrowski Dogs?

On Friday 18 November I presented on one of Jo Hart’s Edublogs Fine Focus webinars on the topic of Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities using Blackboard Collaborate interactive whiteboard with microphone and text chat. Jo Hart gave me a practice session and then moderated and assisted me with the webinar; so that the experience was a great deal of fun and not nearly as scary as I thought it would be!

Jo’s write up overview of the webinar which gives a link to the recording made during the webinar can be found on her E-verything blog at

The daylight savings clock dance – Part 2

Times for #gtchat will change again this week as the U.S. EST (New York) goes off Daylight Savings Time.

I consulted time and and read about daylight saving at and put the times into their meeting planner at 

If my calculations are correct the #gtchat sessions which take place at noon and 7.00pm Friday US EST (NewYork) will now be at 4.00am and 11.00 am Saturday for participants in Melbourne and Sydney.
Serendipity and Fine Focus Webinars will still be at 10.00am Friday as they are linked to GMT time.