Category Archives: Creative Thinking

Adapt and Survive: the future of Art education

My teaching practice has changed so much over the past decade. In 2003, I was teaching Art & Design in a poorly equipped state school in Scotland. We never had any access to computers! No screen time at all! It … Continue reading

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Visual Literacy vs Cultural Bancruptcy

  Visual literacy is the name of my game, after all, I teach High School Visual Arts!   This put extra pressure on me to do my very best work for this course. I figured everyone would judge me as … Continue reading

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Pecha Kucha presentation – Digital Photography

Here is my Pecha Kucha presentation….How to Shoot and Edit Digital Photographs I have posted the version with speaker notes to give a better idea of the whole presentation. This was created with all my own photographs and words. I … Continue reading

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Digital Storytelling – AES Chandrashilla Trek 2012

Here is my Digital Story – John Oliver_Digital Storytelling_Chandrashilla Trek2012_ CoETaIL 3_web version. All images and words by John Oliver. This was a wonderful project to work on and I can see my students enjoying the process too. I intend … Continue reading

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Infographic – Analyzing an Artwork – CoETaIL 3

Here is my rather ambitious infographic ( it’s really 13 infographics in 1 !) - John Oliver infographic Analysing an Artwork CoETaIL 3 pdf version. It should be a valuable teaching resource for introducing my Art students to the process of de-constructing … Continue reading

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Student collaboration and social growth

  In A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink  proposes that, in the near future, many  jobs will be dominated by empathy and collaborative creative skills. Outsourcing will continue to re-distribute jobs around the globe and Web 2.0 tools will connect … Continue reading

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Digital Privacy…are we over-reacting? Or reacting too late?

I’ve always been a very private person. We live in a volatile world where even our nationality can make us targets. My vigilance in the real-world extends to my behavior online. Information can be powerful and potentially destructive. I use … Continue reading

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Digital Footprint of an ant !

  Despite having size 12 shoes, I seem to have the digital footprint of an ant! As an international educator, I need to learn to  manage my online presence. Google Search checks on my name have always revealed about 80 000 … Continue reading

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Creativity in Extremis – a Product Design lesson plan

During a discussion about creativity on the last day of Coetail 1 on Saturday Oct 8, I said creativity is a luxury afforded to those wealthy enough to have leisure time. Jason Coleman made the wise counter argument that quite … Continue reading

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Final Project & How has Coetail changed my ideas about 21st Century Teaching ?

Here is my Final Project  :-  John Oliver Coetail course 1 ADE 634 Final Project I thought I already used tech quite well in my Art & Photography classes, but this course has opened my eyes to so many new … Continue reading

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