[IAEP] [support-gang] Tam Tam Mini Progress and User Manual Update

James Simmons nicestep at gmail.com
Thu Mar 8 10:54:12 EST 2012

I would totally buy any book Christofer was involved in.  If it needed
English translation you could count me in too.

MYOSA treats Activity development like cell phone programming; you write
programs FOR the phone, not ON it.  It would be good to have a book on
programming that you could do entirely within Sugar, like Turtle Art,
Pippy, etc.

James Simmons

On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com> wrote:

>  Hi...
> 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.
> Caryl
> ------------------------------
> 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 manual
> like 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 the
> Create you own Sugar Activity enough? what other things can
> complemente that one?
> Claudia
> 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
> whole.
> -walter
> >
> >
> > 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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