[IAEP] [sugar] proposed addition to the Activities page templete

Greg Dekoenigsberg gdk at redhat.com
Wed Jul 16 22:43:04 CEST 2008

So how's the sharing API coming?

Can a developer easily write an activity with simple sharing right now?


On Wed, 16 Jul 2008, Edward Cherlin wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 12:17 AM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Why don't we add a new field in the Activities page template that 
>> indicates both whether or not an activity supports some form of 
>> collaboration and, if so, what is the supported number of 
>> collaborators. (The latter may, of course, be somewhat fuzzy depending 
>> upon the nature of the connection: via school server or "under a 
>> tree").
> +1
>> We could have a simple set of options (the numbers perhaps need tuning):
>> A) no collaboration
>> B) pair-wise collaboration
>> C) small (3-4) group collaboration
>> D) classroom (10-20) collaboration
> And other possibilities. For N-player games, we have discussed having
> two collaboration channels, one for in-game communications among
> players, and one for comments by kibitzers. I don't know of any team
> games in Sugar, where we might want to add a channel for each team.
>> We could break down collaboration a bit further:
>> sharing
> I would like to see all Activities sharable in the sense that others
> can at least watch what the primary user is doing. This would be
> useful for any activity accessing content on the Web, where one XO can
> download it and share it with others, instead of a whole class (for
> example) downloading a Web page simultaneously when instructed by the
> teacher. (Local caching on the school server will also help.)
> We might want to go further, and allow a discussion channel for every
> shared activity. Switching between a visual session and Chat will get
> old real fast, unless we provide a way to (in effect) Tivo shared
> sessions.
> We have had a discussion about sharing Measure channels to simulate a
> multi-channel digital oscilloscope. (I checked them out at Fry's a few
> days ago. Nice.)
>> interacting
>> ???
>> and we may want to comment on, for example, how many Type A
>> collaborations can be supported at once.
>> An example of:
>>  A is Turtle Art
>>  B is Distance
>>  C is Write
> There was a report of a test showing a fairly large number of
> simultaneous users, so I think this may become a D.
>>  D is Chat
>> We'd need to do some serious QA to figure this out, but I think it
>> would go a long ways towards giving people a sense of what they can
>> expect in terms of a robust use of Sugar.
> I think we should have a brainstorming session on the complete list of
> activities, present and in development, to work out what we would like
> to see. Would people prefer to do that by e-mail, chat, or Wiki page?
>> -walter
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