You must be willing to learn about and experiment with new things. For example, a year and a half ago, I knew nothing about blogging and online communities. Now I am fairly competent with Wordpress, Yahoo Groups, and Flickr, plus programs like Photoshop and Illustrator which I learned as my own art-making evolved. You’re going to laugh at me, but I only recently learned that all this has a name: Web 2.0. Who knew?
Into the Blue
When she is not working at Soul Food, Heather Blakey builds virtual communities. She is currently working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, building a virtual community for teachers using state-of-the-art, internet based publishing tools. Global Teacher and Global Student are powered by WordPress so any information about WordPress will apply in these settings. During 2007 Heather created the Wild Garden and this calendar celebrates the work that has been undertaken in a Web 2.0 setting.
You can help support this project by shopping for Christmas at the Soul Food store. We have a great range of Wild Garden products to choose from too.
As a part of this AdvenTURE Calendar Soul Food is launching the Web2 Telegraph. In Australia the bush telegraph provided means for people in remote, isolated outback places, to communicate with one another. The idea of the Web2 Telegraph is to create a resource where we can share older and new innovations. The saying that 'all we can be sure of is change' is particularly applicable in this setting. Things are changing everyday and it can be difficult to keep abreast.
To become a USER and a Columnist for the Web2 Telegraph simply send an expression of interest to heatherblakey at fastmail dot fm.
Priscilla meets the Goddess
courtesy of Vi Jones
Priscilla set out on the first world, Soul Food Tour, to meet and work with members of the Soul Food Community. But just as Captain Cook left England to do more than monitor the Transit of Venus, Priscilla left Australian shores with a secret mission. By her own admission she is computer illiterate, let alone Web 2.0 savvy. Priscilla is hoping that her hosts will teach her all about the web and the exciting things she can do in cyber space. Then she will be truly able to call herself Priscilla, Queen of Cyber Space.
Her list of some of the things she wants to learn more about during her travels.
- Create a Yahoo email account. Join Yahoo Groups and become a member of Soul Food
- Create a WordPress blog and learn how to drive it.
- Make a Photostory.
- Learn about Flickr and online photo albums
- Take digital photos and load them on the new blog
- Become a web columnist, interview members of Soul Food and publish these interviews.
- Find out about Writeboard and learn how to have people from all over the world help edit work online.
- Discover other search engines apart from Google.
- Learn about bookmarking with Magnolia.
- Find out how to participate in a team blog.
Of course, her list just keeps on expanding and growing.
You can learn all about Web 2.0 with Priscilla as she globe trots. She is currently in the United States and has been to places like Los Angeles, Knotts Island, North Carolina and Apache Junction, Arizona.
Priscilla now has her own Yahoo account and is a member of the Soul Food Cafe and the Riversleigh Set. The Riversleigh Set is a group of artists and writers who live, in the home of Sibyl Riversleigh, beyond the portal of Soul Food. Riversleigh is an important Lemurian base. Riversleigh is a virtual, old style manor house that offers rooms with a view to artists and writers who are interested in settling in Lemuria and working to populate this old realm.
Hopefully you will want to join us within Soul Food and acquire a room of your own in Riversleigh. Maybe you will be tempted to create a wild garden of your own within this fabulous, fantasy realm.
“If you can imagine it you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”
Ward, William Arthur
“What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”
Thoreau, Henry David
“You are meant to be whatever you dream of becoming.”
“In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go and sheltered so may thrive and grow.”
“Cover Design: The Magic Garden“
a response to a visual activity in the Magic Garden Project
Lori Gloyd (c) 2007
The Wild Garden is a creation of Heather Blakey, the webmaster of the Soul Food Cafe. Wild Garden is a WEB 2.0 project which engages people from all over the world and shows just what amazing communication and collaboration is possible in this setting.
This special feature celebrates work that has been done here at Soul Food during 2007 and provides a step by step guide for those who are wanting to learn and engage in this vibrant, interactive world.
The Magic Garden is the project that birthed Wild Garden. It began in 2007 and gathered momentum during the year. The Magic Garden is now a Wild Garden 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, worked collaboratively and demonstrated how educators can marry the ancient craft of storytelling, apply current curriculum and publish using state of the art blogging software. Cora told the enchanting Kazakha story of the ‘The Magic Garden’ while Heather Blakey delivered a curriculum package that climaxed with self publication on a constellation of Global Teacher, Global Student blogs. The Magic Garden is an example of delivering curriculum in an IT rich, WEB2 environment without discarding tried and true practice.
The Magic Garden project features WEB 2.0 tools and provided an audience for people who choose to ‘open’ their gardens (blogs) to the public. This feature takes this further.
To participate familiarize yourself with the story of the Magic Garden. Once having heard, or read The Magic Garden, consider project options laid out in a Blooms Taxonomy. They then go on to participate and grow a wild, technological gardens that maximize tools like, digital cameras, ipods, videos and more.
Visitors are encouraged to participate in the Wild Garden during the coming twenty five days. They will be immersed in Web 2.0 and engaged in a smorgasbord of collaborative team blogging environments. By the end of the twenty five days a participant is well prepared to go on and work in the Soul Food Cafe or other niche communities that suit them.
Lino Print by Year 7 Hawkesdale P-12 College
The Magic Garden is one project that you can work on during December to hone your skills and become a savvy Web 2.0 participant. This month you will be taken through all the steps that are needed to engage in an interactive community setting. You will begin by establishing an email account with Yahoo and will end up with a garden of your own and will even know how to make a few dollars from your work.
Soul Food Ravens are working collectively on this calendar and they will share tips and hints during the coming twenty five days. In the tradition of Advent Calendars at Soul Food a new link will open each day, delivering pages of useful information for those who are keen to work in this field.
1. Read the story of The Magic Garden, as told by Cora Zon.
2. Carefully examine the activities suggested in the Blooms Taxonomy. Choose some which suit your preferred learning style. Stop and reflect about how you want to do them. Lori Gloyd chose to complete her cover for the Magic Garden using Photoshop. Students at LaTrobe and Healesville High used Paint to complete their digital artwork while at Hawkesdale P - 12 students made collages which were photographed with a digital camera and then loaded on to the blog. Artists are encouraged to apply their usual methods. The primary object is to showcase completed work on the WordPress blog which will be attached to this calendar. But more about WordPress tomorrow.
3. Visit some inspired Wild Gardens and begin thinking about what kind of garden you will grow in a blog setting.