[IAEP] New and revised chapters of "Make Your Own Sugar Activities!" ready for review, feedback

Jim Simmons nicestep at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 12:15:24 EST 2010


I appreciate the support, but I don't think what I have written is
going to be anything like a finished product by February 3.  A
homepage link to the OLPC content on Floss Manuals might be
appropriate, since there are some finished manuals there and the book
might appear on that page in a couple of months.  I wanted to add a
chapter on Collaboration and another on Debugging before I considered
it front-page-worthy.

As for press releases and the like I don't know that one guy writing a
manual in his spare time is going to impress anyone.  A finished book
(and I think the book needs more than the two chapters I mentioned to
be considered finished) or a whole team of people working on a book
would be a different story.

Making more Activities available, and especially convincing teachers
and children to try and write Activities is definitely my goal, and I
hope that when we have a more finished product that as many people as
possible get to know about it.


James Simmons

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 9:45 AM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
> I consider this to be a fabulous initiative. Growing the Activity
> ecosystem is very important for Sugar and OLPC and a handbook has been
> a missing link.
> I will speak with Christian about a homepage link and I even think we
> should do a callout in our next press release, tentatively scheduled
> for February 3, the day OLPC France will present the OLPC project (and
> myself Sugar) to France's largest corporate foundations at L'Atelier
> (http://www.atelier.fr/usages/3/07012010/one-laptop-per-child-ordinateur-veritable-revolution-pedagogique-39192-.html)
> Thanks.
> Sean
> On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM, Jim Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I just finished writing another chapter of the book, this one on
>> adding Text to Speech to your Activities.  I've also made various
>> additions and corrections to the rest of it.  If you want to check out
>> what I have a PDF created with OBJAVI! is available here:
>> http://objavi.flossmanuals.net/books/ActivitiesGuideSugar-en-2010.01.21-18.33.56.pdf
>> I'm going to start working on code samples for a Collaboration chapter
>> next, and I want to do a chapter on debugging Sugar Activities after
>> that.  I think Walter had developed some code to let you run Sugar
>> Activities outside of the Sugar environment and that would be a good
>> fit for the debugging chapter.  For collaboration I'm going to try to
>> put together a sort of half-finished game called "Battle Royale Tic
>> Tac Toe".  I'll also write about file sharing as used by Read Etexts.
>> Once I have this material added I think I'll have enough to make it
>> worth putting on the front page of the site.  That won't mean it's
>> finished, but enough of it will be that the book could be considered
>> complete.
>> I welcome collaborators as well as editors on this.  There are many
>> topics you could put in a book like this that I'm not qualified to
>> write.
>> I'm up to 87 pages now.
>> James Simmons
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