[IAEP] [support-gang] FW: Lots of Links!

Caryl Bigenho cbigenho at hotmail.com
Mon May 16 17:31:25 EDT 2011

Hi Lori and all...
We saw many projects done by primary school children using the Labyrinth Activity in Uruguay. One seven-year-old told me it was his "actividad favorita."  It is a simple mind-mapping Activity that allows children to organize and record their thoughts and information, and even include some images and simple drawings.  It is very popular with students and teachers alike.  You can download it directly to the XOs from :
Just connect the laptop to the web using wifi, open the Browse Activity and enter the link above or go to the "Activities" link at the bottom of the Browse page, click on it to go to the Activities page and enter "Labyrinth" in the search field.
I don't think there is any kind of guide or manual for the Activity so you will need to try it yourself before introducing it to children.
> Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 16:55:04 -0400
> From: mokurai at earthtreasury.org
> To: yamaplos at gmail.com
> CC: itdirector at gmail.com; gonzalo at laptop.org; tracy at laptop.org.au; iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org; support-gang at laptop.org; support-gang at lists.laptop.org
> Subject: Re: [IAEP] [support-gang]  FW: Lots of Links!
> On Sun, May 15, 2011 9:48 pm, Yamandu Ploskonka wrote:
> > wow, this is a fun coincidence.  I did something very similar years ago,
> > when I was a new immigrant to the US.  Ran computer activities for the
> > YMCA of Austin, including kids building/repairing computers and then
> > those went to local families who could drop by for further training.
> > Lots of fun!
> There is a lot of this going on around the world now, such as the Laptop
> Hospital organized in Nigeria by six-year-old girls.
> > On 05/12/2011 11:10 AM, Lori Barfield wrote:
> >> gonzalo and tracy, thanks very much, i'll get all these ideas over to
> >> the district music teacher.
> >>
> >> there is other news.  i have done program development before for my
> >> local YMCA, and yesterday the Program Director expressed a great deal
> >> of interest in having me give an introduction to computing course for
> >> children,
> Lori, would you take a look at my draft of Discovering Discovery, at
> http://booki.treehouse.su/discovering-discovery/
> and tell me whether you would be willing to work on this idea with
> children? This version is aimed at older children and adults. I need to do
> a teacher's version for those teaching children, who don't need a textbook
> for this purpose. I don't know at what age we can get children to create
> and maintain discovery journals, but they would be enormously helpful for
> improving the XO, Sugar, and our training materials.
> For pre-literate children, some method of recording their explorations,
> preferably with them talking about everything that works and everything
> that doesn't, would be even more helpful.
> >> and computer workshops for senior citizens.  this YMCA is
> >> one of the top ranking facilities in the country, and if i do any
> >> class for them it is likely the other YMCAs in my area will also want
> >> to participate.  i'm not sure how many i can fit in before august, so
> >> we'll see. :-)
> >>
> >> if i do work up a few classes for seniors, i think we'll need to stay
> >> inside the browser, since that skill will translate to other computers
> >> they are likely to have access to.  the XO screen is so tiny i expect
> >> there to be some challenges.  has anyone out there tried this before
> >> with the elderly?  do any of you have any suggestions?
> I used to teach Internet browser classes at the local public library. We
> got a lot of seniors there. Generally, I let them ask the questions, and
> then demonstrated how to find and use what they were looking for. If I had
> to do it again, I would make them do the searches, and think out loud
> about what they were doing. The trick is to recognize when people are
> working out something for themselves, and when they need a hint about
> something they can't very well discover on their own.
> I also taught minimal word and text processing, and I do mean minimal.
> Turn on the computer, open the program, create a file, type something in
> it, save the file, close it, open it again, double-click to select words,
> cut, copy, paste, click-and-drag, drag-and-drop. In less than 15 minutes,
> all in command mode with adults who had some computer experience but no
> real training.
> OK, now you can write and edit. You can take notes on what we are going to
> do next. Formatting, styles, document structure, all the rest comes later.
> (You can learn it by taking a class, reading a book, or just exploring.)
> This was necessary preparation at the time. Then we spent the rest of the
> hour on job-hunting tools.
> I must write this up.
> >> ...lori
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