Building Niche Virtual Communities

the work of Heather Blakey

Net Book Project

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Netbooks is a blog container that has been created to contain Global Projects that are being undertaken as a part of the Victorian Government Netbook Project. In a 1-to-1 learning program, each learner has a portable, networked, digital device such as a notebook, tablet PC, netbook or other networked hand-held device that can connect each learner with their teacher and other learners or experts, with real-world contexts for learning, multimedia resources, software for learning and online tools and applications.

The projects that are featured here include two pilot projects that are being undertaken with Great Western Primary and Camperdown College, schools who responded to the ePals/iEarn invitation to engage in Global Projects.

This container will not only provide a place to store shared curriculum ideas but will be a place where participants can publish work and communicate with others.


Written by Heather Blakey

June 3, 2009 at 12:12 am

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SARK interviews Heather Blakey

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Creative Genius – Writing and Creating

SARK’s newest book features the work of Heather Blakey at Soul Food:

“SARK is a sparkler who jump-starts the creative process. Her ideas are user-friendly, innovative, and pragmatic.” -Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way

Write and share what’s in your heart! Let SARK show you how. Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper is your non-judgmental witness, resoundingly supportive friend, and practical guide to the craft of writing and storytelling. For anyone who knows that a writer lives within them but doesn’t know how or where to start; for writers who need new ways to work past their blocks and be reinspired; for anyone who loves SARK’s wise words and art, Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper will help start the ink flowing and keep it going.

Soul Food Feature
SARK’s new book features, amongst other things, the work of Heather Blakey at the Soul Food Cafe. If you are a fan of Soul Food or just want to learn more about writing, make sure to pre order a copy of your book today!

Written by Heather Blakey

September 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Displays of Tree-mendous Growth

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tree mendous growthHeather introduced me to the metaphorical side of my “career life” and led me down a path of deep reflection towards realizing just how meaningful every single detail is.

Written by Heather Blakey

April 3, 2008 at 6:50 am

Posted in Mentoring

VITTA Conference – Ivanhoe Grammar

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Live to learn, learn to blog

A5 Blogging – New Literacies (R)
Heather Blakey

Using a storyteller, Heather will present a Blooms Taxonomy of Curriculum activities, and then show how the responses to this can be blogged by different users on one blog.

Audience: all levels and subject areas.

Heather Blakey is a milliner’s best friend having worn many hats throughout her varied career. She has over 37 years teaching experience at both the school and organisational level. Most recently she was Head of English at LaTrobe Secondary College and worked on the ‘writing for well-being program’ and ‘Melbourne Citymission Bereavement Program’. She is currently webmaster of The Soul Food Cafe, a “quirky, interactive” web café (

Written by Heather Blakey

August 18, 2007 at 2:31 am

Eden Seeds Take The Lead

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edenseeds.gif Eden Seed’s aim  is to distribute Old Traditional Open pollinated varieties of vegetable seed, preferably old Australian varieties and organically or bio-dynamically grown where possible.

Eden Seeds have led the way and has donated seeds to be planted in the first schools to participate in this project.

Written by Heather Blakey

August 15, 2007 at 2:12 pm

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Presenting at Beaconshill Village College

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The SLAV branch gather at Beaconshill Village College for an inservice about using blog as a publishing tool. Cora Zon tells the story of the Magic Garden and then Heather Blakey demonstrates how outcomes can be published on a constellation of exciting, target specific blogs. In this situation staff, students, administrators and parents can not only see outcomes published within a very short amount of time, but can comment directly on the work. We are witnessing a significant revolution in the delivery of engaging curriculum.

Written by Heather Blakey

August 11, 2007 at 12:27 am

A Magic Technological Garden

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“Cover Design: The Magic Garden
a response to a visual activity in the Magic Garden Project

Lori Gloyd (c) 2007


Working together! Grade 6 Hawkesdale
The Magic Garden


The Magic Garden is a project designed to show educators and their students how good curriculum can be delivered and the outcomes published, using new technology such as blogs, writeboard, photo board and many other exciting applications.

Cora Zon, a professional storyteller and Heather Blakey, an experienced web publisher and webmaster of the Soul Food Cafe, work collaboratively and demonstrate how educators can marry the ancient craft of storytelling, apply current curriculum and publish using state of the art blogging software. Cora tells the enchanting Kazakha story of the ‘The Magic Garden’ while Heather Blakey delivers a curriculum package that climaxes with self publication on a constellation of Global Teacher, Global Student blogs. Watch, in wonder, at the way this virtual garden is growing as staff, students and the wider community contribute by responding to the activities within the Magic Garden Project.

Written by Heather Blakey

August 6, 2007 at 2:54 pm