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Patrick Holt

  • This post is a reading response for my course An Introduction to 21st Century Teaching and Learning for my MEd in Leadership and Learning at UPEI. The referenced readings are cited at the bottom of the post […]

  • I’ve always wanted to go to an un-conference, and this morning I finally had that chance when I attended Ed Camp Qatar hosted by the American School of Doha here in Qatar.

    I attended three […]

  • As an educator I’m always looking for ways I can shift the paradigm of my profession away from the traditional. Very often I frustrate myself by thinking too big, and by expecting administrators, colleagues and […]

  • Kanban, Huh?!

    For several weeks on our drive home from work last spring my wife and colleague, Sara Thompson, shared with me her new idea she was experimenting with in her classroom. She called it Kanban. Th […]

  • Patrick Holt posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Great visual representation of yourself! I loved the map right away- I’d cut out that whole section on your teaching experience and focus on your skills, your beliefs, and the testimonials. Maybe you could add a brief timeline to show where you’ve worked. Great job!

  • Patrick Holt posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Hi Pamela,

    Apologies for such a late reply, I’ve been busy, and haven’t been on here in awhile. First of all you are welcome to print, laminate, and post the infographics. That was my intention when I shared them. I have them up in my classroom. Piktochart is easy to use, and it is free. You’ve seen everything I’ve used it for; my About Me…[Read more]

  • Patrick Holt posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Hi Lindsey, I like the lines that you have created that divide the sections, but my overall first impression is that it is way too busy. Its so overwhelming that I’m not inclined to read it.

    I would prioritize what it most important to you to get across, and then figure out how to make that really stand out.

    i hope that is helpful,

    Patrick

    • Patrick,

      Loving the tough love. I had a feeling this was the case, but people in my office wouldn’t tell it to me straight. Thanks for your comments. Going to have to go shut myself up in my classroom and start fresh this weekend. Thanks again!

      Lindsey

  • Patrick Holt posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Yo,

    I think you’re way too hard on yourself. Everything is a remix! I like all those RUPs, in particular the second example. You should remix the final one to fit our MYP students. Put it up on the wall! Be proud of it!

    • Aww! Thanks. You have been a good example of putting out there for me. I need to do that more. I keep slipping back into my shier self.

  • Patrick Holt posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Thanks David!

  • I created these infographics for my classroom, so I’d thought I’d share. They were created with Piktochart. A majority of the icons are from The Noun Project, but a few are from the Piktochart icon bank.

    At the […]

    • Thanks David!

    • Hi Patrick! Thank you for posting these infographics. They look great! I have 2 questions for you. How will you use these infographics in your classroom? I was thinking about possibly making posters out of them with your permission 🙂 I teach IB Chemistry, and I think these infographics would be great reminders for my students.
      And could you explain Piktochart to me – what do you typically use it for? How long have you been using it? Why would you recommend it? Like your “About Me” page, I would like to create some sort of infographic that I could use on my About Me page AND also use it as my actual resume. Yours is eye-catching and organized – nice work! I am not all that creative, so I was hoping to find an app, a program, or something that would help me put it together (and maybe give me some ideas!). I have also heard about another person who used Pages to create their infographic resume. Any advice or suggestions you have for me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

      • Hi Pamela,

        Apologies for such a late reply, I’ve been busy, and haven’t been on here in awhile. First of all you are welcome to print, laminate, and post the infographics. That was my intention when I shared them. I have them up in my classroom. Piktochart is easy to use, and it is free. You’ve seen everything I’ve used it for; my About Me page, and the IBLP Infographics. To use it you create an account, and get started. You can choose a template if you like and fill it in. If you’re feeling intimidated by it, the template is a good place to start. The stuff I’ve done is all done from a blank template. Its all click and drag based, so you can experiment until you are satisfied.
        Pages can really do exactly the same thing as Piktograph, and depending on your skill, it can probably do better. I’ve only done a couple of very simple things with Pages, because it is not as user friendly, and I spend a lot of time messing around trying to get it to what I want. It usual works out, but it takes more time. Piktochart has built in icons, fonts, and everything you need right there in front of you. I’d start with Piktochart, unless you have a colleague who has mad skill with Pages, then I’d them to act as a tutor.

        Good Luck!

  • The Rant

    My grandfather got his first teaching job in 1935 in your stereotypical one room school house in southern Alberta, Canada.  He retired in 1975 as Assistant Superintendent of Special Services in Ed […]

  • One of my biggest successes this year as a CoETaIL participant is being able to leave my “lurker” self behind.  The following tweets sum it up for me:

    I joined Twitter in 2009, and for literally years I l […]

  • Here it is at last.  After weeks, days, hours, and minutes of procrastination I’ve managed to get this monster uploaded.

    I have been sitting here contemplating what tone I should set in this post. Should I go […]

  • I have decided not to with my original unit plan.

    In the last school year I was able to get dollars to buy licenses for MinecraftEdu and then subsequently run an after school Minecraft club.  I blogged about […]

  • Patrick Holt posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    Shaza,

    Great post. Very honest and to the point. Stepping out of being a lurker can seem like a scary leap, but I know from experience that you have a lot to contribute. The biggest hurdle that I experienced was believing that I had something to contribute. Once I realized that my participation was important and valuable for building a…[Read more]

  • Patrick Holt posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Lauren,

    I was a lurker for years on Twitter before I became an active contributor. I followed lots of people and got lots of ideas, but was always shy about thinking I had anything valuable to offer. CoETaIL really helped me build my PLN and realize that everyone is sharing their experiences, good or bad, in order to improve their own…[Read more]

    • Hi, Patrick! I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s lurked and lurked for years. I’m happy to hear that COETAIL has helped you build your PLN. I already feel COETAIL making that happen for me—after all, that’s the reason you and I are even messaging each other! It’s good to know that the weekly chats helped you to open up more on Twitter. I’ll…[Read more]

  • ThumbnailSome Context for the Fall of 2015

    In the fall, on top of Course 5, I will also have a new job as the MYP Design teacher in our first year as an MYP school.  I will also continue to support our teachers with […]

  • Patrick Holt posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Sonya,

    First of all its reassuring to see someone else completing course 4 on a similar timeline as myself! LOL!

    I agree wholeheartedly that we need established routines, and even more importantly define the purpose of device use in the classroom.

    Teachers have all sorts of fears about digital technology coming into their rooms.…[Read more]

    • Course 4 really got away from me – but it is done now! I am finding that the more I listen and then slip the technology into/on top of what the teacher is already comfortable with, the more success I am having. For example, one teacher was doing plays. We ended up filming these so the kids could watch themselves perform and evaluate their…[Read more]

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