Work History

Work History
Mar 2000 - Present

Director

Thunderbolt Thinkers / Bright Sparks

Overview

As co-founder of Thunderbolt Thinkers and Bright Sparks, Patrick Kayton has been responsible for the conceptualisation, design, development and delivery of a wide range of education and training products for learners ranging from sophisticated post-graduate students to disadvantaged adult illiterates, and school learners in grades 2 to 12. As content architect, Patrick undertakes needs analysis, learner analysis, research, creative idea generation, conceptualisation and development. For some of the products listed below Patrick combined the roles of instructional designer, writer and graphic designer. For other products Patrick briefed and managed a team of writers, copy editors and illustrators.

Since 2006 Patrick has collaborated on the creation of Cognician, a powerful thinking assistant software application for the iPhone and web.

For disadvantaged young adults

Client: LoveLife

Audience: Youth at risk

Product: Trade-Offs

Conceptualised and developed (with business partner Barry) a training game where players aim to achieve life goals while keeping eight life areas in balance: self, family, health, money, mind, social life, work, spirit. 

For disadvantaged young adults

Client: LoveLife

Audience: Youth at risk

Product: The Ten Commitments

Conceptualised and developed (with business partner Barry) a training programme and workbook which aims to impart a world view which entails the commitment to: Loving life, Reality, Reason, Independence, Purpose, Productiveness, Honesty, Co-operation, Justice and Individual Rights.

For disadvantaged young adults

Client: LoveLife

Audience: Youth at risk

Product: Tracks

Conceptualised and developed Tracks, a comic which appears monthly in LoveLife's Uncut magazine. Patrick and Barry develop the characters and plots for each comic. They then brief the artists, inkers and colourists who create the images. 

For senior high school learners

Client: South African Institute for Entrepreneurship

Audience: Learners Grade 10, 11 and 12

For learners in Grades 10 through 12 Patrick and Barry developed Team UpLink Up and Work Up, comprehensive learning programmes for Business Studies used in schools throughout South Africa.

For primary school learners

Client: South African Institute for Entrepreneurship

Audience: Learners Grade 4 to 6

For learners in Grades 4 through 6 Patrick and Barry developed Help OutLook Out and Try Out, comprehensive learning programmes for Economic and Management Sciences used in schools throughout South Africa.

For primary school learners

Client: The Shuttleworth Foundation

Audience: Learners Grade 4 to 6

For learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6 Patrick and Barry developed Kusasa, a course in analytical thinking. Content includes:

  • Comics for role modelling creative and critical thinking attitudes and habits.
  • eLearning modules delivered by means of LAMS.
  • eToys modules for elementary software modelling. 
Mar 2003 - Jan 2004

English Teacher

Cambridge English Language School

Overview

As a teacher at Cambridge, Patrick was responsible for creating lesson plans that conformed with the Cambridge curricula for kindegarten, bushiban (after hours school), as well as high school and adult learners. Patrick taught second language english classes, as well as individuals, ranging in age from 3 to 50 years old.

Mar 2000 - Feb 2002

Project Manager

Compress

Overview

As a project manager, Patrick was responsible for coordinating publishing projects of various types. These included academic journals, occasional papers, works of fiction, memoirs and other vanity projects. Beginning with a raw manuscript, Patrick would assess the quality of the work and then create and manage a budget and commission appropriate editors, copy editors and proof readers to prepare the manuscript for publishing. Patrick would also work with authors and other stakeholders to create an appropriate design template before commissioning typesetters, designers, illustrators and other creative team members to produce the finished product. Patrick would schedule all inputs and maintain communication with authors throughout the process. Patrick would also manage the print or electronic publishing and delivery of the finished work.

Education

Education
Jan 1996 - Dec 1999

Bachelor of Arts, Honours

University of Natal Durban

Undergraduate majors were English and Literary Studies, studying great works of European literature in English translation. Other undergraduate courses included:

• Psychology

• Linguistics

• Classical Civilisations

Honours degree in English, with coursework in Postmodern English Literature, Postmodern Philosophy and Video Production.

Jan 1991 - Dec 1995

Glenwood High School

Honours and achievements:

• Senior Deputy Head Prefect

• Max Sandler Memorial Goodfellowship Bursary

• Academic Colours

• Public Speaking Colours

• Dramatics Colours With Scarf

• Swimming Half Colours