[IAEP] Introducing kids to Sugar

Caroline Meeks solutiongrove at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 09:30:29 EDT 2009

Hi Bernie,

Sorry to be so slow in answering.

I suggest trying to find out some of the things that the teacher and school
are already focusing on and relate your use of Sugar to those.  Often, the
teacher, grade or school will have some area of instruction that they are
trying to improve.

Research shows that schools with instructional coherence perform better then
those with lots of interesting programs that don't fit together.  Sugar can
be used to deepen instruction in almost any area.

So many things are sold to schools as stand alone programs that the teachers
may be initially confused by this approach but, I've found that once they
understand what you are trying to do, they are very interested and

Once you find out what the class is already doing, come back to the list and
we can all help you brainstorm some good Sugar activities that will deepen
the student's thinking on the topic.  You don't want to introduce too many
activites at first, but I think you also want teachers to understand that
there are many activities available.

Good luck!

On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at codewiz.org>wrote:

> There's a possibility for a class of five graders in Florence to pilot
> SoaS next year.
> Our friends of OLPC Italia came up with a good question: how would an
> introductory class for Sugar work in practice?  Both teachers and kids
> will be present to learn simultaneously, which makes things more
> interesting.
> Who actually went through such experience already?  How was the class
> organized?  What materials were used?  And, more importantly, ware there
> any issues to watch out for?
> --
>   // Bernie Innocenti - http://codewiz.org/
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Caroline Meeks
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