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Grant Potter

The Zen of Making

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1. Don’t make something you don’t use yourself.

2. Know who you are making it for.

3. Know what you want out of it.

4. Make projects, not platforms.

5. Respect the intelligence of the beginner.

6. Experts are not the best advisors when you want to make tools for beginners.

7. If nobody complains you're doing something wrong.

8. Including people is hard (but necessary)

9. Good hardware, good software, good explanations, and generous users make a great project

10. If you're not prepared to have someone adapt, improve, clone, or trash your work, don't share it.

11. Open source software doesn't necessarily translate into a business model... open source hardware must.

12. Expect resistance... and conspiracy theories.

13. Don’t let the fact that you don't know what you're doing stop you.

Grant Potter

Weekly Roundup: Feb 15 - Feb 22

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I love the 'Week in Review' summaries I am seeing at blogs like: https://homonym.wordpress.com/http://darcynorman.net/, and http://bionicteaching.com/ so I am going to give it a shot as a method of ensuring I get to my blog more often.  I'm going to start with a few things I have bookmarked this week and hopefully work towards regular updates on work-related items I have in the mix.


How Did They Make That? 

  • Many students tell me that in order to get started with digital humanities, they’d like to have some idea of what they might do and what technical skills they might need in order to do it. Here’s a set of digital humanities projects that might help you to get a handle on the kinds of tools and technologies available for you to use. 


How I Taught My Computer to Write Its Own Music

  • I wanted to build the ideal collaborator. Was I ever surprised.

  • First, students owned their means of production. They weren’t writing in discussion forums in order to get 2 points for posting to the weekly prompt. They wrote to communicate with audiences within the class and beyond. Second, everyone’s thinking could be found in the same place, by looking at hashtags and our syndication engines on t509massive.org. Finally, this design allows our learning to be permeable to the outside world. Students could write for audiences they cared about: fellow librarians or English teachers or education technologists working in developing countries.

  • beauty, freedom, technology and morality get dissected by a team of thinkers. 

  • Burroughs radio documentary narrated by Iggy Pop.