[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] Education on the XO

David Van Assche dvanassche at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 01:24:59 EST 2009

Hi Albert,
   You don't need an account, you can just log in as guest, although
its certainly advised to get an account so you can see the full
functionality of Moodle like its user detail manipulation, etc. Some
courses were set to non-guest or needed a key. I've changed them all
to be free, so just logging in as guest should allow you to browse
them all.

   The worksheets sound awsome, If you want me to look at how they
could be put into moodle, take a photo of one, and send it my way,
we'll see if we can't easily vectorise it or turn into some kind of
interactive web based activity.

kind regards,
David Van Assche

On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 5:49 AM, Albert Cahalan <acahalan at gmail.com> wrote:
> David Van Assche writes:
>> Actually there are a whole bunch of examples I uploaded
>> to schools.sugarlabs.org, the problem we have is of how
>> to categorise them. ie... do we put them via subject,
>> via class, via country, via language?
> I can't see anything there. It keeps demanding an account.
> I have absolutely no desire for yet another web site account,
> especially when Moodle will supposedly shove constructivist
> bullshit down my throat.
> Why can't I just browse?
>> If there are any course content creators out there, I'd love
>> to hear their ideas, and if they need help with creating courses
>> on the schools.sugarlabs.org site, I believe I can help.
> Perhaps we can find some way to work together.
> In about 10 months I taught a kid about 10 years of normal honors
> math. Along the way I saved all the worksheets that I made for him.
> He's now beyond that, being well into my old college calculus textbook.
> At the start he was only doing single-digit addition and subtraction.
> Nope, it's not constructivist. It actually works.
> I was careful to mark the worksheets that were not my own work.
> I think that far less than 10% of the worksheets are thus not free
> to be used in some other project. The free worksheets could be used
> as the majority of practice problems for a set of free math books.
> It's currently on graph paper, 10 lines to the inch. I don't have a
> scanner for it, though maybe my 3016x2008 camera (should do 200 dpi)
> would be workable. (really slow though -- I have hundreds of pages)
> Conversion would involve dealing with plenty of line art. I'm not
> likely to have much time for any of this, but it sure seems wasteful
> to let the problems just gather dust. Perhaps success is more about
> the teaching method and continuous effort though, in which case the
> worksheets are less useful.
> BTW, when faced with teachers that are missing or useless, something
> closer to the Robinson Curriculum would be appropriate. Be sure to
> note how the subject ordering avoids premature and ineffective study.

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