My name is Patrick Higgins and this is my professional blog.  This is where I think in public form.

This is the hub of my learning network, where I can begin to dissect the world around me and incorporate that which I do not fully understand into the part that I have grasped, however minute.  The views expressed herein are mine alone and do not reflect that of my employer.


13 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Patrick,

    We are a team of graduate students studying innovation and change at the University of Minnesota who are researching how much influence teachers do, or do not have, with regard to decisions concerning teaching, learning, curriculum, assessment, and overall public education innovation. We are studying “forums” such as blogs, where people gather to share values. For a variety of reasons, we have been unable to find an easy conduit to initiate a discussion with teachers. As a result, we have turned to blogs, such as your own – an innovation in itself – to attempt to engage you in dialog.

    We have set up The Education Innovation Blog, http://blog.lib.umn.edu/joh02855/innovationeducation as a place where we hope to gather your stories, thoughts and opinions on innovation and creativity in education – both what would benefit you as a teacher and what would benefit your students. The blog includes a link to a 10-minute survey that we have developed. We hope this survey will serve as a starting point for discussions. We would very much appreciate your taking the survey and sharing this request with as many of your colleagues as possible. If you find this survey/blog interesting, please post it on your blog so other teachers can see it. ALL SURVEY RESPONSES WILL BE CONFIDENTIAL! The survey will close as of April 30th, however the blog will remain active and results and discussion of this project will be posted there.

    Your postings to the blog will be public. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please post them to our e-mail address, 4educationinnovation@gmail.com, we will strip them of identifying information and post your remarks anonymously.
    If you have any questions, please e-mail us at 4educationinnovation@gmail.com. Thank you, we hope you will choose to participate and assist us in our research!

    Ben Cashen, Mike Fink, Kristi Mueller, Jen Trochinski, Sarah Waldemar, Wendy Wustenberg, Kun Yang

  2. Hi Patrick,

    I just wanted to make sure that you were invited to our education “Blogger Summit”. We hope you can make it and feel free to share this invitation with any other bloggers in the area that might be interested. The invitation is attached below.

    ED In ’08 Blogger Summit


    Strong American Schools is excited to announce the ED in ’08 Blogger Summit. Conference details are as follows:

    May 14th – 15th
    Palomar Hotel, Washington DC
    Registration is Free!

    An opening reception is scheduled on the evening of Wednesday, May 14th. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the screening of a new documentary film on education, Two Million Minutes. A Q&A session with the filmmakers is set to follow.

    Then join us for an all-day conference on May 15th. Nowhere else will you have an opportunity to meet and network with fellow education bloggers, participate in panels, attend workshops, and help tackle some tough questions on the state of education in America.

    Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today!

    Register at http://edin08.com/bloggersummit/

  3. Below is a link to a recent blog post, The “Next Net Day.”
    I am including you in this request for comment because I read your blog and appreciate your contributions to the EduBlogosphere.

    Would you like to take up the conversation about a “net day”-like event?

    I invite you to comment – what do you think the next net day might be? How could a coalition of businesses, individuals, state agencies, and other non-profits make an impact on school technology today?


    Thanks and enjoy the holidays!

  4. Dear Patrick, I would like to send you Cindi Rigsbee’s new book on “The Difference Teachers Make.” Could you please email me your mailing address? Thanks, Caroline O’Connell (oconnellpr@aol.com)

  5. Patrick,

    I would like to connect with you about yolink, a free educational software tool focused on search literacy. We also have the ability to integrate with blogs through a simple API.

    I’ll keep this comment brief, but I hope you’ll email me so we can discuss offline: brennan.igoe [at] tigerlogic [dot] com.


    -Brennan Igoe

  6. Hi Patrick

    Because I’m part of the Teaching with TED wiki, I get periodic updates to the resources located there. Recently this one showed up on my screen and I thought you might find this of interest.

    I was unable to attend your Camden County Tech presentations because I’m also consulting/coaching in that district and you and I were presenting at the same time. I’m retired from teaching in that district (40 years) but now working with a group of (14) second year teachers. You may also know Frank Williams and Dennis O’Connor who help lead me in a MAIT program at Stockton.

    I find it interesting that some of the motivation behind all of this is to be the maven (Gladwell’s term) that spreads the ideas first to impress followers with “cool stuff.” Nonetheless, presentation design is important.

    That’s why I’m thinking as I write this that Patrick may already know this resource from Dan Zarrella and located now on Teaching with TED. Go the the following page http://teachingwithted.pbworks.com/How-to-%22Do%22-a-TED-Talk

    and find The Science of Presentations ebook

    Best Regards

    John Zeck

    1. John,

      Thanks for the links to the resources. I’ve put them in my must read/watch list for this weekend. Working with the groups I worked with in Camden was outstanding. All of the groups were motivated and positive; I think we all learned something.

      If you don’t mind me asking, what was the content of your sessions?

  7. I enjoyed your presentation at the 140 Conference yesterday. Thanks so much for sharing.I am a retired principal. I retired in 2006 to care for my wife who had ALS. After she died in 2009 I started a blog for busy educators and parents who don’t have as much time to read as I do. The idea is to offer Bite-Sized Self-Development so that anyone with a few minutes can do some learning on a daily basis. I believe this is the most effective way to learn and grow. The content is totally free. Please forward this message to anyone in your organization charged with professional development. I also wish you the best as you move forward in your most important job.
    Good Luck.
    Douglas W. Green, EdD

  8. Great! I tried to DM you, but can’t DM people who don’t follow me… you can find me at @tyEducators. Thanks!

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