Category Archives: Critical Thinking

Self-portrait iPad drawing unit – CoETaIL 4 final project

                          Here is my  – CoETaIL 4 final project -Self-Portrait iPad Drawing Lesson Plan in UbD format. This was an interesting way to embed technology into an existing lesson plan. I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to try … Continue reading

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Seeing the Bigger Picture (Cross-curricular Tech Integration in my Art Class)

  I teach three classes – High School Photography, Intro to Art and Middle School P.E. I described one of my uses of technology in Photography in my previous blog. In my High School Intro to Art class, I use … Continue reading

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Connectivism in my Photography class

I was impressed by the breadth and depth of this pedagogy during a recent CoETaIL presentation. I saw many similarities between it and the teaching style I use most often. Like most effective teachers, I can see the benefits of … 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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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 Duty of Care

It is the job of job parents and teachers to teach cyber safety skills to children. Without these skills, Cyberland is a risky place with some dangerous people hiding behind false identities lurking in the shadows. As a father with … 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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