[IAEP] Sugar Digest 2009-11-23

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 08:37:15 EST 2009

=== Sugar Digest ===

1. When Tony Forster modified the Physics activity within 24 hours of
its initial posting on activities.sugarlabs.org, it was a sign that
educations, not just developers, were beginning to take a lead in
determining the shape of Sugar. But even more important than
contributing patches is contributing to the growing body of knowledge
about how to use Sugar for learning. Rosamel Norma Ramirez Mendez has
been an outspoken voice on the Sur list, telling stories from her
classroom (Rosamel is a teacher in Uruguay) and challenging the
community in regard to using technology for learning to its maximum
potential. She has recently blogged about some innovative uses of
Turtle Art [http://blogedu-rosamel.blogspot.com/2009/11/tortugarte.html],
which naturally caught my attention, and wrote a remarkable post on
the Sur list about guided discovery
It is really gratifying to hear these stories from the field.

2. We held an oversight board meeting on 20 November. We passed a
motion to close the slobs@ list to just SLOBs, move current slobs@
traffic to iaep@ with a [SLOBS] subject line tag where at all
possible. We also passed a motion to give a two-week deadline to the
Sugar-on-a-Stick decision panel. We spend the remainder of the meeting
discussing our trademark policy. We are examining the policies of
other projects to get ideas about how we might amend our own policy
going forward. We'll continue the discussion on iaep@ and at the next
scheduled meeting, Friday, 04 December, 2009 – 15:00 UTC (10:00 EST).
Minutes and a log from the 20 November meeting are available in the

=== Help Wanted ===

3. The Sugar-on-a-Stick team is looking from someone to help them with
documentation. Please contact the list (soas@) if you are interested.

4. There is interest at the ministry of education in the Republic of
Macedonia in learning more about Sugar. If a quick trip to Skopje is
within the realm of possibilities, please contact [[User:Walter|me]].

=== Tech Talk ===

5. Erick Lavoie and the Tutorious team have put together an .iso image
that is available for testing. Please download tutorius-20091118.iso
from http://bobthebuilder.mine.nu/isos/. The image is based upon the

To create a tutorial inside the Calculate Activity:
# Start the Creator by pressing the "double bubble" icon near the
Tutorial list under the Activity tab;
# Add actions like BubbleMessage from the toolbox window shown on the right;
# Add events like Gtk Event Catcher (choose the "clicked" event type);
# Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until satisfied;
# Save;
# Quit

To execute the tutorial created:
# Close and restart the Activity;
# Select the tutorial from the list

=== Sugar Labs ===

6. Gary Martin has generated a SOM from the past week of discussion on
the IAEP mailing list (Please see


Walter Bender
Sugar Labs

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