[IAEP] sugar framework

Wade Brainerd wadetb at gmail.com
Sat Jan 10 15:42:01 EST 2009

Hey David,

Correction: Flash can absolutely do collaboration.  Check out online
games like Corpse Craft for examples.  A SWF-based collaborative Sugar
activity would require some support from Sugar itself to direct
communications to the right places.

That said, I totally agree that a Python framework for creating
educational activities would be wonderful.

Sugar already provides an activity framework (sugar.activity.*
modules) but it does not offer any specifically educational
components.  It's possible that this could be expanded with more
education-specific classes and helpers.

What kinds of features would you see being useful in such a framework?
 You mentioned Etoys, but I haven't programmed in Etoys before so I'm
curious as to the specifics.


On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 3:15 PM, David Van Assche <dvanassche at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>   So today a couple of us education enthusiasts were contemplating
> the recent discussions concerning an easier activity creation method,
> which might involve ajax or Flash. The problem with Flash, apart from
> its proprietary nature, is the fact that it doesn't really do
> collaboration, one of the corner stones of sugar. It came to my mind
> that to make things easier for content creators, a structured method
> for creating activities is what is really needed. Something like a
> framework, as is available for many languages (think django or python)
> but with a very specific aim, building educational apps that include
> collaboration. I can foresee something like that making many more
> educators interested in coding educational apps. The framework
> wouldn't have to be very complicated at all, it could just be a higher
> set of commands (something like etoys, but simpler) that are
> specifically focused to making the sugar activity ui, help with
> collaboration, and then have a specific set of available instructions.
> I've never been involved in the creation of a framework, so maybe what
> I'm saying isn't realistic, but its an idea....
> kind Regards,
> David Van Assche
> www.nubae.com
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