[IAEP] Tam Tam Mini Progress and User Manual Update

Caryl Bigenho cbigenho at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 7 17:13:01 EST 2012

While James has done a very nice job with his "Make Your Own Sugar Activities," I think we could still use something even easier for absolute beginners, perhaps building on the Conozco Activities as a base.  Maybe we could enlist the assistance of someone like Christofer to help get it started?  Several others have built Conozco Activities and we could encourage even more among the youth in our many deployments. Then another book or manual or chapter... "Beyond Conozco" or something like that.
My little "Fun With Tam Tam Mini" book is designed to be more than a simple "how to" manual.  It is full of a lot of basic musical knowledge and suggestions for all kinds of new things for the user to try or teachers to use to build lessons.  The basics look like they will need to run about 10-12 pages, including a lot of screenshots, graphics, and examples. This is without the musical notation for the examples. They would only take 1-2 more pages as there is only one scale and one song in this part. If it has to be shorter for the users manual update, I could leave out the instructions for the Drum Machine, but I would rather not.

Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2012 16:46:26 -0500
Subject: Re: [IAEP] Tam Tam Mini Progress and User Manual Update
From: callaurrea at gmail.com
To: walter.bender at gmail.com
CC: cbigenho at hotmail.com; iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org; support-gang at laptop.org

In my experience, most OLPC programs have created a manuallike that.. either because they build one, or because they modify and existing one. 
I would love to see more documentation and materials that promove 
development in Sugar... how to modify, how to create one from scratch, how collaborate with the community, etc. I may be wrong.. but is theCreate you own Sugar Activity enough? what other things can 
complemente that one?
On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:37 PM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:

On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi All!



> I'm happy to say I have finally gotten back to work on my "Fun With Tam Tam

> Mini" FLOSS manual after a hiatus (a So Cal word from the "industry")

> brought on by all sorts of holiday and family distractions.  There are a

> number of other, unrelated, things folks have asked me to work on now, but I

> figure if I don't get this done first, it will never get done.  So…



> I am currently working on learning to use the free Finale Notepad software

> to generate simple samples of all the musical examples in the manual, put

> into standard musical notation. This was suggested by my middle- schooler,

> violinist, granddaughter when she reviewed the draft, way back in November.




> I remember how those musicians among you who tried Tam Tam in my

> mini-workshop at the SF summit found it confusing because you were used to

> reading notes.  I also found this with some second and third graders I

> worked with in Montana who have had some music lessons.  So… it will be

> there for those who need it in a special Appendix.  So far, I have done a

> one octave C Major scale... woo-hoo!



> I still will need to do some screen shots, but that should be fairly easy.



> ***(Important) As soon as I finish the manual I will take excerpts and put

> them into the new FLOSS manual update as a Tam Tam Mini chapter. I am hoping

> someone will decide on the guidelines for these Activity chapters.  There

> should be a limit on the maximum number of pages for any single Activity so

> we don't end up with any one being extremely long.  We should ask folks to

> include enough information for users to successfully begin to use the

> Activity and then refer them to more information elsewhere (wiki, FLOSS

> manual, web site, etc).

I think we can have individual manuals for each activity along with a

short 1-2 pages in a collective manual for Sugar activities as a





> I'll let you know when "Fun With Tam Tam Mini" is finished and ready for a

> final review.  I know there are several of you interested in using this in

> some of your deployments so… just a little more time and it should be ready!



> Grannie B (MA MusicEd)



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