[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] Sugar Digest 2013-09-16
anish at activitycentral.com
Thu Sep 19 23:39:16 EDT 2013
On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM, David Farning <dfarning at activitycentral.com
> On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>
> > == Sugar Digest ==
> > 1. The 'New York Times' had an article about the tablet invasion, No
> > Child Left Untableted, in this Sunday's magazine section . The
> > author of the article was a skeptical of the approach taken by the
> > Murdoch-backed Amplify tablet. I've not seen the Amplify tablet yet,
> > so it is difficult to judge, but there is one photograph  in the
> > article that says it all: a tablet showing a blue screen with the
> > words "Eyes on Teacher". When technology becomes the affordance used
> > by the teacher to control the class, it is a sure sign that the use of
> > technology has gone seriously awry. With Sugar, we celebrate the fact
> > that the students are so engaged with learning that the teacher can
> > (in some cases literally) throw the stick out the window. It seems
> > with Amplify, they are handed a $199 digital stick.
> > 2. There has been a renewed discussion on the lists about Android.
> > (The topic seems to come up once every 2-3 months.) Meanwhile, the
> > Sugar developer team continues to make great headway. Our approach has
> > first-class development environment for Sugar. The basics are largely
> > complete: we already have about a dozen new activities that use the
> > new framework. There are many details that still need addressing and
> > undoubtedly the framework will change as we gather more experience,
> > but please do try it: early feedback is very helpful. The second stage
> >  is to migrate to the HTML5/JS apps to the Android platform. We
> > also need to migrate some Sugar services to Android, such as the data
> > store, and design some mechanisms for collaboration (we are exploring,
> > among other things, a web-services approach to collaboration).
> > There are other approaches to getting Sugar up on Android. I blogged
> > about some efforts last year by students at the Homi Baba Center to
> > get Linux running on a generic tablet in order to run Sugar. George
> > Hunt has been taking a similar approach. Ruben Rodríguez has been
> > working with Ubuntu on Android, which would also support Sugar. These
> > efforts would likely provide more backward compatibility to existing
> > Sugar deployments; the downside is the need to reboot to launch
> > Android apps. As always, the problem with dual-boot in a school
> > setting is that the maintenance and support costs double.
> > At the core of both efforts remains a dedication to what makes Sugar
> > valuable to the learner: the emphasis on tools for constructing; the
> > Journal providing interoperability between objects and a place for
> > reflection; the facility with which learners can collaborate; the
> > empowerment of the end user as the constructor of both tools and
> > knowledge. We remain dedicated to the principles of Free Software,
> > even in the commercial world of Android.
> Thanks for the detailed response. I must confess that I am suffering a
> bit from Android fatigue. My personal position is to wait and see.
> The chatter that the Association led Android UI and framework is not
> free software is a bit disappointing.
I'm also pretty upset about OLPC's direction with the tablet, to go down
the proprietary/non-free/locked-down route (or that is what it seems like
at the moment).
There was a time when in our community we had energetic discussions over
*just* transitioning from GPL v2 to v3.
> The HTML5/JS work on Sugar seems to be a reasonable midterm approach.
> The lingering question is how much work will it take to make the sugar
> bits available within the framework. Is there an implementation plan
> and funding available to complete the work?
> > === In the community ===
> > 3. International Turtle Art Day will be on October 12. Pacita Peña and
> > Cecilia Alcala will be hosting an event in Caacupé and there will be
> > other events around the world sharing ideas and resources. Brian
> > Silverman and Artemis Papert will be featured guests. There are guides
> > to holding a Turtle Art Day event available in English  and
> > Spanish . (Tip of the hat to Claudia Urea, who has led this
> > effort.)
> > 4. From 10-13 October, there will be an EduJam!, in Asunción . On
> > the 13th, we will hold a hack-a-thon, and hopefully make some headway
> > on some of the open issues with Sugar on Android. We will also take
> > advantage of the occasion of so many Sugar oversight board members
> > (Gonzalo, Daniel, Claudia, and me) in one place to hold a SLOB meeting
> > (most likely on Sunday morning).
> > 5. Google Summer of Code  is coming to a close. We have had a
> > terrific group of student interns, who contributed to a wide range of
> > projects. Many thanks to: Kalpa Welivitigoda, Akshit Khurana, Marion
> > Zepf, Casey DeLorme, Erik Price, Rahul Gaur, and Suraj KS. Also, many
> > thanks to our community mentors, including Marten Abente, Lionel
> > Laské, Claudia Urrea, Gonzalo Odaird, Remy DeCausemaker, and Aneesh
> > Dogra.
> > === Tech Talk ===
> > 6. We are wrapping up Sugar 100 and need all hands helping with both
> > closing a few outstanding tickets  and helping with testing.
> > Gonzalo and Jerry have been preparing images (Fedora 18) for OLPC AU
> > that can be used for testing . Kudos to our release manager Daniel
> > Narveaz!!!
> > 7. Tom Gilliard has been making SoaS images on Fedora 20 that can also
> > be used for testing . Meanwhile, the previous release of Sugar
> > (98.8) is available on Ubuntu (12.04)  thanks to the efforts of
> > Quidam.
> > === Sugar Labs ===
> > 8. Please visit (and contribute to) our planet .
> > ----
> > 
> > 
> >  http://developer.sugarlabs.org/web-architecture.md.html
> >  http://developer.sugarlabs.org/android.md.html
> >  http://people.sugarlabs.org/walter/Guia_Ingles_10-08-2013.pdf (en)
> >  http://people.sugarlabs.org/walter/Guia_Esp_12-08-2013.pdf (es)
> >  http://ceibaljam.org/drupal/?q=edujam2013
> >  http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Summer_of_Code/2013
> > 
> >  http://build.laptop.org.au/xo/os/sugar-100
> >  http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Fedora_20#SoaS_86_64-dm_.28remix.29
> > 
> >  http://planet.sugarlab.org
> > --
> > Walter Bender
> > Sugar Labs
> > http://www.sugarlabs.org
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