Category Archives: Design Education

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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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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What is our obligation as educators ?

My students need to understand the dangers of “copy & paste “. Plagiarism is a vice which can seem like an easy route to good grades, but I’m quick to explain the consequences to them. It’s our job as teachers … Continue reading

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How do we teach copyright in countries where international copyright law is not often followed?

  Copyright is often an issue in my Art, Design and Photography classes. As a teacher, I encourage students to create original images; but at the same time, I encourage them to learn from established artists and designers. This sometimes … 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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First response to “Geeking Out ” – Visual communication skills for Digital Natives

I’ve recently read “Geeking Out”  . There are many  references to young people actively seeking out others who share their intellectual interests. I marvelled at the complex video editing skills  mentioned  – the results of many hours of blogging & experimentation. They … Continue reading

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Transferable skills in Art & Photography education

Whilst reading the various blogs & articles suggested by my COETAIL instrtuctors, I’ve been wondering how can I encourage adaptability & transferability of skills learned in my Art & Photo classes ? Students themselves prove their ease of transfering learning techniques from … Continue reading

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