Up, not North

Course report: belated wrap-up

March 20th, 2010

Wow! This post is really, really overdue. Still, better late than never!

I’m very happy with how the course ended up. At the suggestion of the students we did something different for the last class, and attempted to put together what we’d learned to make a simple project: a Gmail notification light. The whole session was much looser than what we’d done in the past (and also much smaller, owing to a conflict with an Olympic hockey game — a deal-breaker here in Canada). We got at least one up and running and, more importantly, I think we all had a good time doing it.

I still intend to produce and post course materials at some point, but it probably won’t be until I’ve had a bit more experience and can make the materials a little more useful. I have many projects in the works right now, including helping to start Site 3, a new collaborative arts and technology space here in Toronto, where I hope to do a lot of teaching in the future. The next one up will almost certainly be an all-ages learn-to-solder/kit-building workshop, and I’ll post all about it here and on the Site 3 site when it happens.

I want to give my sincerest thanks to all of my students, who bravely joined me in trying out this experiment, and to all of my Hacklab colleagues who so graciously let me use the space and in many cases helped out with the course. I can’t wait to do this again!

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