What makes them 2E?

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In conjunction with the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum April blog hop theme ‘Gifted 2E kids: What makes them Twice Exceptional?’ Sprite is conducting guided tours to some of the places in Sprite’s Site.

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The first stop on the tour is the Analogy for 2E exhibit where visitors are treated to a demonstration of Roman Riding a cheetah and a tortoise.

Sprite explains that in a horse riding class where the aim of the lessons is to be able to ride independently seated on the back of a horse

  • some students will not have the ability or confidence to sit on the horse without being led by someone else
  • average students will be able to sit on the horse and ride independently
  • bright students may perform Roman riding of two horses – standing with a foot on each horse’s back
  • gifted students will perform Roman riding on two cheetahs
  • and 2E twice exceptional students will be forced to perform their Roman riding with one foot on the back of a cheetah and the other on the back of a tortoise.

At the Myths exhibit Columbus Cheetah explains that one of the myths surrounding giftedness is that it is not possible to be gifted and have a disability
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/columbus-cheetah-myth-buster-myth-8/

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Visitors are then taken to the theatrette to view presentations about 2E students

The first is titled ‘2E is’ and is found at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/2e-is/

The second presentation is a discussion of the Characteristics of 2 E students using a chart provided by the Cherry Creek Schools which can be found at
http://www.cherrycreekschools.org/StudentAchievement/Documents/2EDistinguishingCharacteristics.pdf

Those who have time to take the extended tour can listen to webinars about 2E students at

Jo Freitag: Characteristics of 2e students part 1
https://johart1.edublogs.org/2012/11/28/edublogs-webinar-overview-characteristics-of-2e-students-part-1/

Jo Freitag: Characteristics of 2e students part 2
https://johart1.edublogs.org/2012/12/17/edublogs-webinar-overview-characteristics-of-2e-students-part-2/

Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness Part 2
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/australia-e-series-tech-talk-tuesdays-webinar-part-2/

For those who do not have time to listen to the webinars Sprite has prepared a short slide show which illustrates just a few of the characteristics of 2E students observed by Dr Linda Silverman.

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For more information about twice exceptional students see
2E newsletter
http://www.2enewsletter.com/

Hoagies Gifted Twice Exceptional resources page
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/2e_exceptional.htm

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Twice Exceptional resources page
http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/resources/twice-exceptional/

To read all the posts about this topic in the blog hop please visit the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum April blog hop at http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/gifted-2e-kids-what-makes-them-twice-exceptional/

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Gifted Awareness Week Australia 2016

 

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This week 13 – 19 March 2016 it is Gifted Awareness Week in Australia
For details of the events for the week see the AAEGT website page at
http://www.aaegt.net.au/?page_id=1170

The folk at Sprite’s Site are celebrating by holding a rally together with the Persona Dolls from the Personas, Profiles and Portraits blog.
The Persona Dolls will be holding their own tea party after the rally.
Recently the Persona Dolls participated in a presentation given by Jo Freitag for the OZ eLive webinar conference.
Gifted Awareness Week was mentioned during the webinar and also resources for Cultural Diversity Week 12-20 March 2016 http://www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/  and Harmony Day  http://www.harmony.gov.au/celebrate/do-it-yourself/#03

A recording of the session can be viewed at https://sas.elluminate.com/drtbl?sid=2008350&suid=D.51092091ED4B4597AC051BB74A41CD

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

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

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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 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/jo-hart/  and posts about my participation in Jo Hart’s webinars can be read on her E-verything blog at http://johart1.edublogs.org/?s=Jo+Freitag  

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Global Education Conference
http://www.globaleducationconference.com/
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
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/global-eduction-conference/

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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
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/reform-symposium/

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

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Digital Badges https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/digital-badges/

And Moodle Sandbox https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/moodle-sandbox/

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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.

Jo’s CHAOS Plan 2

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C-Creation:

What exactly do you want to love into existence?

I am going to use this challenge (see https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/jos-chaos-plan/ ) as an opportunity to consider the 2013 version of Gifted Resources, Sprite’s Site and my personal life– which in some cases means continuing with services and activities in their present form and in other cases means revising, updating or discontinuing them or creating something completely new.

H-How:

How will you know you’ve accomplished it? What kind of parameters do you need to complete your creation?
Using my image ‘Getting the 2013 wheels turning as an idea starter I will regard each activity as a separate wheel and  will be considering the activities individually with the help of mind mapping and then posting the resulting thoughts as blog posts

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Gifted Resources will continue to engage in project  work with Borderlands  http://www.borderlands.org.au/
The main foundation of Gifted Resources is the website http://www.giftedresources.org/  I intend to leave the website very much as it is but to update it as needed. Some sections need a complete revision, some just need updating and some need all the links to be checked and made to open in new windows.  Possibly a shopping cart may be added in future – I am still considering this.

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The other main activities of Gifted Resources are the monthly email newsletters and the four Holiday Programs newsletters. I will continue to produce these.
At present the newsletters are sent as a PDF attachment to regular emails and are also posted on the Gifted Resources website. The most recent edition can be read by following a link on the main page and back copies can be read in the Newsletter Archives http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/newsletter.htm

I may consider changing the form of the newsletter as I have seen some very attractive templates for email newsletter which are not sent as an attachment.

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For many years now I have been compiling the Gifted Resources Information Pack.
See http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/infopacks.htm

It is a collection of brochures, pamphlets, articles and business cards from psychologists, education consultants, parent support groups and extension programs and information about conferences and events relating to giftedness and to gifted and twice exceptional students.
The contents of the pack vary from time to time to reflect the currency and availability of the information. Although most providers now have websites and publish their information digitally, the Information Pack collection of hard copy flyers is still useful in many circumstances.

I am currently compiling the 2013 Info Pack

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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.

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Presentations can be given in person or in the form of webinars or Skype sessions
Last year I gave presentations for Jo Hart’s Fine Focus webinars http://johart1.edublogs.org/?s=Jo+Freitag  using Blackboard Collaborate and hope to do so again this year.

I will be talking to a group of parents at Village School in March and would like to give other in person presentations during the year.

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Last year I presented a Film Discussion on the film The Incredibles to a Lunch n Learn Group in Texas using Skype
It worked well. The Skype connection was so good that I felt as if I were in the room with the participants. I would be happy to do more Film Discussions in that way.
Also as I have 3 plastic crates filled with Film Discussion kits another option would be to add the kits to the Gifted Resources Library collection and groups can borrow a kit to facilitate holding their own Film Discussion.

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I am in the process of re-cataloguing the Gifted Resources library
When the re-cataloguing is complete the Library page can be restored to the Gifted Resources website.

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In August 2012 I received an email telling me that I needed to either close the Gifted Resources blog or update it to the newer format. My tech guru, Jamie Tarling, put in a lot of work to update the blog and transfer old posts into it.
Since then I have posted reviews of books, programs, conferences, webinars etc to the Gifted Resources blog and I will continue to use it the same way in 2013.
At present I am reading three books published by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum and hope to post a review soon.

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Sprite’s Site blog  has the theme of Giftedness and 2E Twice Exceptional issues
In About the Topics you can read about the issues that have been discussed
The About Sprite page  describes the main theme of the blog.
Sprite is the twice exceptional (gifted with a learning difficulty or difference) cartoon character who is the Poster Child to illustrate Jo Freitag’s Feetspeak: 2E shoes presentations.
Feetspeak: 2E shoes is about planning programs that will be suitable for gifted students who also have a learning difficulty or different learning style using Edward De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes as the planning tool.
Sprite is always depicted as having an injured left ankle and needing to wear different shoes on each foot to illustrate the concept that she needs different educational provisions for both her giftedness and her disability.
The About the Characters page describes the other characters you will meet on the blog.

I enjoy posting to Sprite’s Site as it gives plenty of scope for imagination and creativity as well as being able to present facts and opinions in a narrative form.

I would love to be able to produce books or e-books about the Sprite’s Site characters.
Last Christmas I gave mouse pads with the Twitter Bird bowers printed on them as gifts to some techie friends and I can imagine Twitter birds adorning mugs etc.

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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.
I will consider possible expansion of participation in these areas – perhaps a Gifted Resources Facebook page or revisiting my Linked In profile which I set up but have not used.

I also belong to a couple of NING communities and should visit them more often.

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There is always so much to learn!

There are conferences in real life.
I will be attending the VAGTC EmpowerEd conference in April.
http://www.vagtc.asn.au/empowered-for-giftedness
Local libraries and groups offer real life opportunities.

MOOCs, webinars, global education conferences and many others offer so many online opportunities.
At the end of 2012 I participated in an online course about Digital Badges  which led to Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ and several other sources of self education which I would like to pursue if I have the necessary time, energy and ability.
At the moment I am trying to learn about creating computer games at Gamestar Mechanic  and programming with Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/

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This is an area which gives me so much satisfaction and happiness.
I will continue to 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/

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Regarding my personal life –  this year we will be celebrating 40 years of marriage.
I am enjoying the quiet pace of life in Rosebud and would like to continue to walk on the beach and appreciate the many species of birds that visit the garden.
In the past I have been very involved with writing and teaching church Sunday School programs and I have several plastic tubs of programs which I have written over the years which I would like to turn into online programs.  The church we are currently attending does not have a children’s program at the moment .

You can see on the mind map the purple dotted lines and text. These are the Wish lists or Possible? to do lists. They are the maybe I could?s . They are the What if…?
They are the Perhaps and the Imaginational Dabrowski says…. Lists
But it sounds more lofty and official to call them Aspirations!

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These are the badges I received as a result of the recent Digital Badges course with Peter Rawsthorne
overview at http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:Peterrawsthorne/PhD/DigitalBadges#Digital_Badges and forums at http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=9010

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. http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=9010  http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=16751

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 http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=9010  http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=16751

“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
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/best-australian-blogs-2012/

Best Australian Blogs 2011
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/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
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/jo-hart/

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/

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

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

Global Education Conference
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/global-eduction-conference/

Reform Symposium
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/reform-symposium/

The Sketchbook Challenge
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/sketching/

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“I see you are writing a blog post about Digital Badges for your homework assignment” said the Origami Secretary Bird, popping up like the Help File Paper Clip. “Would you like assistance from me?”
Just to see what would happen I answered “Tell me what I am required to do’’

“To answer Part 1: You are required to earn digital badges from at least two sources and write a blog post which critically evaluates the experience” replied the Origami Secretary Bird.

As part of the two week Digital Badges course with Peter Rawsthorne
overview at http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:Peterrawsthorne/PhD/DigitalBadges#Digital_Badges and forums at http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=9010
I completed activities to earn badges on Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/  and Open Badges http://openbadges.org/en-US/faq.html

The badges earned at Khan Academy were all Meteorite badges which are common badges, easy to earn when just getting started. They were gained in the Drawing section in the subject area of Computer Science. Their titles were Mad Scientist, CS Scholar and Tinkerer. The CS Scholar was gained simply by watching the tutorial video and the Tinkerer by altering some code as directed. Gaining the badge was announced by the appearance of a pop-up message and the badges were delivered to my Achievements page without me having to do it. I enjoyed using Khan Academy and will probably return for more learning opportunities as time permits.

Earning the first badge Badges 101 at Mozilla Open Badges was easy – only a matter of answering True or False to three questions – but I had difficulty in transferring the badge to the Mozilla backpack. After trying numerous times and receiving error messages I tried using Firefox rather than Internet Explorer and was successful.
I then gained the Open Badges Hackasaurus badge also. I nearly did not attempt this badge, as when I moused over the link on the word ‘address’ in ‘change your address here’ it appeared to lead to a site which could have caused problems. However after rereading the instructions I just added the words to the address bar and it worked for me. During this challenge there were pop up box rewards for each task incorporated in gaining the badge.

The next part of the course entailed designing, creating and issuing badges.

I decided to create a set of badges for my 10 week Church School program Bird Watching with Biblical Binoculars http://jofrei.edublogs.org/
The program was conducted face to face but using Internet programs. We had hoped to connect with a group from Queensland; however the aftermath of the floods prevented that from happening.
This program was discussed during one of Jo Hart’s Edublogs Fine Focus webinars at http://johart1.edublogs.org/2012/02/29/edublogs-webinar-overview-birdwatching-with-biblical-binoculars/  
I created a set of 10 attendance badges using Badg.us http://badg.us/en-US/  – one for each week. At this stage I have not made the attendance badges available for others to nominate themselves for – as it related to IRL attendance. However this did lead me to think that maybe the program could be extended to online without the face to face contact and, if that happened, it would be easy enough to edit the badge accordingly.
I also created a set of Biblical Binoculars Badges which were to certify that the recipient had completed the Bible reference chart activity at the given Blog URL. I left this section open for others to nominate for this badge but at the moment I would not be able to verify that they had actually done the task.
I need to learn a way of stating in the criteria that they must e-mail the answers to me in order to receive the badge.

To design my badges I used clip art pictures available in PowerPoint of a sparrow and a pair of binoculars and adapted them using Paint and then saved them as png files. The sparrow which I used on the attendance badges was the image which represented the Bird watching with Biblical Binoculars program and the image of the binoculars which was included on the Bible reference badges was part of the Biblical binoculars chart.

Some of the traditional badge systems, such as the martial arts belt levels, have a single low level entry badge and badges are awarded sequentially as the skill level of the candidate increases until the ultimate level is reached.
Other traditional badge systems such as the scouting organisations’ badges have multiple starting levels and the badges can be gained in the order desired by the candidate. However some of the badges are at a higher level than others and can only be attained if particular lower level badges have already been gained.

In a similar way some of the digital badge systems are arranged in a linear progression manner with a single low level of entry and sequential task badges leading to a final badge and other systems are more like the scouting model and badges can be attained in many different areas without a rigid predetermined order.

At present the Bird watching with Biblical binoculars badges reward attendance and completion of specific tasks. I would like to design an overall badge for completion of the program but have not yet determined what the criteria for the badge would be.

I notice that the Tweet family have also started to earn some badges Tweetelle has gained the Mona Tweeter badge   for painting and Tweetil has gained the Smelly Science badge.

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“Wow! Do you have homework too?” asked Sprite. “I thought there wouldn’t be any more homework when you grew up and finished with school”

Sprite is a 2E Twice Exceptional student – she is exceptionally gifted but with learning differences and disabilities which make it hard for her to demonstrate her knowledge and make her studies an exhausting experience for her.
She has a great thirst for knowledge and gathers so much by osmosis and intuition. She loves doing the research but hates writing the essay about it!
And she really hates doing homework! She tries pushing her homework sheets or her computer mouse into the mouse house, convoluted arguments about when the work is due and creative minimalization to get out of doing her homework.

“You don’t stop learning when you leave school” I said “I enjoy attending lectures and webinars and online courses and some of them involve homework. (If you click on the picture you can see an enlargement and read what my homework entails.)
And school is not the only place for you to learn – often you can gain knowledge and learn skills through experience and by contact with wise people.
In this course I am learning about digital badges and how they can be used to accredit and acknowledge learning and experience which might not be part of a regular school curriculum.

It is a two week course Digital Badges with Peter Rawsthorne
The Course overview is found at

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:Peterrawsthorne/PhD/DigitalBadges#Digital_Badges

And there are forums at http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=9010

There is a Twitter hashtag for discussion at #digitalbadges

Of course the five over excitable Dabrowski Dogs had gathered around to listen to and comment on our conversation.

“I’m very proud of the blue ribbon I won for Dog with the Most Expressive Face!” said Emotional.

“That is an example of a real world badge” I said “We did discuss those as an introduction. But the main emphasis of the course will be on Digital Badges and how to earn them and how to create them.”

“If I book for my Paws for Poise cyber dog grooming parlour appointment online I get a badge after each visit and when I have had five appointments I get a free Lavender Lathers treatment” said Sensual “Is that the sort of thing you mean?”

“And you can go places and record it on Foursquare with your mobile phone and you can get free cups of coffee or become the mayor of the place!” chimed in Psycho Motor between bounces.

Predictably Intellectual was not very impressed with those suggestions.
“More to the point you can earn badges for studying subjects with Purdue University http://www.itap.purdue.edu/studio/passport/   http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2012/Q3/digital-badges-show-students-skills-along-with-degree.html
or Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/badges
or by contributing to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Wikipedia_Awards

Have a look at
Mozilla Open badges http://openbadges.org/en-US/faq.html
Badgestack http://badgestack.com/
http://stackoverflow.com/badges
You can create a collection of your badges which you can then use in your resume or e-portfolio or on your blog.
You can also read about it at Sandbox http://wiki.ubc.ca/Sandbox:Badges
and at Google Groups Open Badges forum https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/openbadges

“I am hoping to earn some badges by participating in this course and completing the exercises and writing blog posts about it” I said.

Imaginational was quick to see the value of the digital badges and the possibility for receiving credit for studies and experiences not usually part of a regular school curriculum.
“Sprite could get credit for her astronomy experiences and study which she could include in an e-portfolio or resume and could help her get into a course or even help her get a job later.”

“Yes, but what about the things I do that nobody would think of as a subject?” asked Sprite “Could I get a badge for organising marches or for giving lectures about De Bono’s 6 Action shoes?”

“I guess we will find out next week during the second webinar” I said.

“Well you need to go and try to get some badges and write up the experience and write about the data structure of the badge and whether it is in an hierarchy” barked Intellectual ” What you have written so far is all very nice but it doesn’t really fit the exercise criteria as set!”