[IAEP] [SoaS] R: E-Books for Sugar on a Stick (Blueberry)

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 04:00:18 EST 2009

On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 08:45, Jim Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
> Caroline,
> I'm not sure what the state of printing is in SoaS.  If I was a
> teacher I think I'd teach the kids to use View Slides, Browse, and a
> Paint program and then use another computer running Image Magick on
> Windows (or Linux or a Macintosh) to prepare PDFs.  You'd have to
> unzip the archives created by View Slides, which recent versions of
> Windows can do (or use JustZipIt for older versions).  Then you run an
> Image Magick command like this to create a PDF:
> convert scanImage_1.jpg scanImage_2.jpg scanImage_3.jpg mybook.pdf

Note that you can easily do dynamic presentations in Etoys, Scratch,
or Turtle Art, with far more capability than ordinary PDFs. Each of
them is a programming environment. Each lets students open Journal
sessions and stick images and other elements into presentation frames.

> Or you could print the pictures out one at a time.  This could use a
> LOT of ink and be very slow, either way.  It might make more sense to
> just create ebooks and publish them where parents could download them.
> All this would be dangerously close to teaching kids how to use
> PowerPoint.  If you had to print everything out it might be cheaper to
> get the kids construction paper, crayons, glue, etc.
> Using View Slides is easy enough, I think.  Check out the screen shots
> on ASLO.  They're not in sequence, but I think they give an idea of
> how to assemble images into an ebook.
> James Simmons
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 9:56 AM, Caroline Meeks <solutiongrove at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Jim,
>> How low is the floor on this? Could a first or second grader do it?  Can
>> they print it out and create a book?
>> I think book creation should be a big part of our eBook message, and nice
>> write ups on a number of different ways for students to do this with Sugar
>> might be a great supplement to our Blueberry press releases.
>> Thanks!
>> Caroline
>> On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 11:14 AM, Jim Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Caroline,
>>> I'm unable to watch the YouTube video but if I was a teacher that
>>> wanted to have children create their own books I might recommend using
>>> View Slides to collect and organize image files created in other
>>> tools.  For instance, children could get images from the Internet
>>> using Browse, create images using Record or one of the Paint programs,
>>> then use View Slides to import them into a slide show and arrange them
>>> into sequence by renaming them.
>>> Once you have images in sequence like that you could use View Slides
>>> to read them like a book, copy them to a thumb drive and read them on
>>> a non-Sugar computer using a program like Comix, or unzip them and use
>>> a command in Image Magick to create a PDF out of them.  Once you have
>>> a PDF like that you could convert it to DJVU with another free
>>> utility.
>>> View Slides is consistently more popular than any of my other
>>> Activities and since there is very little legal content in .cbz format
>>> (and illegal content in .cbz format isn't that easy to find either)
>>> I've always wondered what people were doing with it.  This might be
>>> part of an answer.
>>> James Simmons
>>> > Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:47:25 -0500
>>> > From: Caroline Meeks <solutiongrove at gmail.com>
>>> > Subject: Re: [IAEP] [SoaS]  R: E-Books for Sugar on a Stick
>>> >        (Blueberry)
>>> >
>>> > Going along the same lines but in a different direction then
>>> > Tomeu....This
>>> > teacher asked for a simple book creation tool for kids.
>>> >
>>> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TRcKP1MJQs
>>> >
>>> > Might not be hard to create a Turtle Art Template that prints in a way
>>> > that
>>> > lets you fold the printed page to create a book.
>> --
>> Caroline Meeks
>> Solution Grove
>> Caroline at SolutionGrove.com
>> 617-500-3488 - Office
>> 505-213-3268 - Fax
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Edward Mokurai (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) Cherlin
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