[IAEP] Future Direction

Sora Edwards-Thro sora at unleashkids.org
Wed Mar 4 00:52:26 EST 2015

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:58 PM, Tony Anderson <tony_anderson at usa.net>

> Adding the Gnome Desktop has been very helpful in selling educators that
> the XO is an effective lead-in to their Windows Office oriented secondary
> school curriculum.

Yes, principals and other stakeholders are generally extremely skeptical
about the XOs until you show them that it's a "real computer." Later on you
sell them on the idea that technology's more than Powerpoint and Facebook,
but having the Gnome desktop ensures that they'll take an interest in the
first place.

> If we abandon etoys to maintain compatibility with Fedora, what has the
> end-user gained?
> Would a GSOC effort be better devoted to moving from Scratch 1 to Scratch
> 2 than rewriting imageviewer?

We've had incredible difficulty using etoys in classrooms in Haiti, despite
my personal fondness for it. The learning curve is just too high. Scratch
is also very new, but since its menu structure is different / more visible,
both teachers and students have more success with it. There's still a lot
of work to be done on creating / adapting training materials to illustrate
the possibilities for kids looking at it for the first time. But the other
nice thing about Scratch is it's used in many computer science classes here
in the U.S. Nick Doiron and I gave a talk at a middle school about the
importance of Haitian Creole books, and some Haitian-American students
there made us Scratch animations featuring their language.

> On 03/03/2015 08:41 PM, Gonzalo Odiard wrote:
> >This begs the question, what has changed between Sugar 0.82 and 0.104
>> >that significantly improves the value of the XO in primary school
>> >education in the Give 1 world?
>  Ouch. Really? We worked for 5 years for nothing?
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