[IAEP] Yet more feedback from Boston! - Chat and Speak

Caroline Meeks caroline at solutiongrove.com
Thu Aug 13 20:28:37 EDT 2009

Neither wind nor rain nor flaming emails will deter me from telling you
about what happened with kids and Sugar today in Boston! You however are
free to use your delete key at any time.
Today, working with 6th grade students at the Museum of Science Computer
Clubhouse I learned not to start a Sugar intro session with chat.  It was
hard for us to believe but the kids spent 3 hours really wanting to do
nothing but use chat to talk to other kids in the same room!!  We did get
them to use other things but
next time I will end with Chat, not start with it :)

We used both Chat and Speak.  Chat was more robust.

I suggest that Speak be limited to about 4 participants. It seemed die
a lot and if someone typed a lot of garbdy gook it would try to say it
all and get behind.  What do other people think of this idea? Should I
ticket it?

I started the lesson by creating a chat, sharing it and showing the students
how to join from their neighborhood. That worked fairly well.

However, some of the students wanted to create a private chat.  It could be
done but it was very challenging workflow.  The problem is if two kids
decide they want to chat the natural thing for them to do is both goto Home
and click on Chat and share that with the neighborhood.  This results in two
chats and much confusion.  I don't know how to solve this, as I'm not gifted
at UI design, but its clearly a problem.  Perhaps when you start chat you
have a UI inside of chat that lets you join other existing chats directly.

Caroline Meeks
Solution Grove
Caroline at SolutionGrove.com

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