[Sugar-news] Sugar Digest 2012-05-11
walter.bender at gmail.com
Fri May 11 18:52:38 EDT 2012
== Sugar Digest ==
1. Danishka Navin pointed me to an article  about Sugar in Sri
Lanka. Even though they don't mention Sugar, in fact, both Sugar and
GNOME are being used on Hanthana , a Fedora-based Linux, using
LSTP. The program is modelled on the Hanthana School Labs . I
wonder where else Sugar is being used that I am unaware?
2. In the spirit of procrastination, I wrote two new Sugar activities
this week. The first is a simple activity around the concept of
narrative. Claudia Urrea had come across a game in which nine picture
are chosen at random (by throwing nine dice). The players then
construct a narrative based on the pictures. Easier enough to
implement Story in Sugar . I took advantage of a nice source for
SVG artwork, The Noun Project . When shared -- with up to eight
other users -- everyone sees the same pictures and hence can tell a
story in a round-robin fashion. (One of these days, I will write the
Exquisit Cadavar  activity, based on the Dadaist storytelling
technique that is a nature fit with Sugar collaboration. There is a
variant that combines pictures and text: you draw a picture
illustrating my text; the next person writes text describing your
picture, and so on. Stay tuned.)
Meanwhile, on the flight to Korea last week, I got caught up on some
reading . Even though is it not clear that "you can make yourself
smarter" using these techniques, nonetheless, n-back games are fun. So
I wrote Recall . There are three games, with six levels each. It is
deceptively easy to get hooked. Enjoy.
=== In the community ===
5. EduJAM! is under way in Montevideo. Tune into the webcast at 
and join the code sprint at  on the 13th and 14th.
6. Next week is Squeakfest, also in Montevideo (May 17-19) and May
21-22 in Buenos Aires (See ).
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