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Educator, instructional technologist, tinkerer, musicmaker, hauler of bootstraps

Grant Potter

Grant Potter "The income-inequality trajectory observed in the USA is largely due to massive educational inequalities, combined with a tax system that grew less progressive"

Grant Potter

Amazon Comprehend – Continuously Trained Natural Language Processing

Amazon Comprehend analyzes text and tells you what it finds, starting with the language, from Afrikans to Yoruba, with 98 more in between. It can identify different types of entities (people, places, brands, products, and so forth), key phrases, sentiment (positive, negative, mixed, or neutral), and extract key phrases, all from text in English or Spanish. Finally, Comprehend‘s topic modeling service extracts topics from large sets of documents for analysis or topic-based grouping.

Grant Potter

via @friedelitis @brlamb @clintlalonde @tanbob "a cooperative of people who care about the things they develop, seems both disobedient and old-fashioned in a good way."

Grant Potter

@radioatlas is an English-language home for subtitled audio from around the world

Grant Potter "If cooperativism has value, it’s precisely because it isn’t emotionally “low cost”; because it requires us to learn to discuss, to disagree, to be appreciated, to come to consensus."

Grant Potter

@cogdog @brlamb 5 SPLOTS sprouting this semester via @unbc_ctlt - 3 from Biology courses and 2 from English courses

Grant Potter

Ghosts on the Nog: The great English tradition of Christmas ghost stories

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:, and 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 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.