[Sugar-devel] Sugar Digest 2008-12-15
walter.bender at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 12:02:22 EST 2008
=== Sugar Digest ===
1. Sugar narrative: Caroline Meeks and I participated in a readathon
at the Gardner School in Allston last week, giving us an opportunity
to spend some time in classrooms in the school where we are planning a
Sugar-on-a-Stick pilot. We also had an opportunity to meet with a
former classroom teacher who is now focusing full time on curriculum
development. There was synergy between all of our goals: good things
will happen. However, one thing became obvious very early in the
discussion: we are lacking a good narrative about Sugar and how it is
used in schools. We have lots of pictures of children with laptops,
but few of these pictures are illustrative of learning. We have some
data—most notably from the Peru deployment—about the impact of Sugar
on learning, but again, these are data illustrating results, not the
process of achieving those results. While more deployment guides and
lesson plans are being written, we still lack a compelling narrative.
Maybe it is time to dust off an old idea: Why don't we create ''a day
in the life of Sugar'', a movie/telenovela/graphic novel about various
experiences with Sugar in the classroom? We have loads of material—we
just need to start telling the story. Anyone interested in taking the
lead on this project?
2. OLPC's Change the World program: It is refreshing to read that OLPC
is beginning to embrace programs at a scale that can be launched at a
grassroots level. Let's hope that this bottom-up approach is given a
chance to get some momentum.
3. Sugar Workshop plan: Rafael Ortiz posted
the workshop plan] from a teacher workshop that took place at the
Bunaima Foundation in Bogota, Colombia.
4. Local labs: We've been discussing frameworks for local/regional
Sugar Labs. Please join the weekly discussion of the deployment team
on Wednesdays at 14:00 UTC on irc.freenode.net channel #sugar-meeting.
We'd appreciate more input from deployment teams around the world.
There is a draft of a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) (See
Sugar Labs and any organization that would like to establish a local
lab. Please add your comments.
5. There is also Proposals Section (See
in the wiki for aggregating information about potential grant
opportunities for Sugar Labs and region groups. Please help us
identify and pursue funding opportunities.
6. GNOME: I will be representing Sugar on the GNOME foundation board
of advisers. If you have any Sugar-related concerns you would like
voiced, please let me know.
7. Ignorant and seemingly happy that way: It seems there is still
quite a bit of misinformation about free software in Texas (See
=== Community jams, meet-ups, and meetings ===
8. It is not too late to sign up for FUDConF11 (See
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon/FUDConF11), which will be held at
MIT (Cambridge, MA) 9–11 January.
=== Tech Talk ===
9. git.sugarlabs.org: Marco Pesenti Gritti reports that the official
repositories for the following modules have moved on
We are still working out some of the details regarding the process of
a general migration to the new server.
10. Sugar team:
Marco's week also included:
* looking into palette bugs in Sugar 0.83;
* starting a DevelopmentTeam/TODO as substitute for the roadmap, which
will be reviewed weekly;
* writing about upstream/downstream relations with Sugar Labs;
* updating jhbuild dependencies (to keep up with Tomeu Vizoso's changes);
* discussing with Mel Chau and Simon Schampijer about testing team and
bug squad; and
* thinking about how to involve the community more directly in Sugar
development; self-contained bundle vs packages with dependencies; and
how to better expose information about core modules and activities to
Marco also made good progress on collaboration dog-fooding, which
reminds me: since we use Jabber extensively in Sugar, why aren't we
using it for our discussions about Sugar?
Tomeu's week included:
* working on file transfer in the Journal. Collabora Ltd. employees
have been very helpful,
especially Guillaume Desmottes.
* adapting http://addons.mozilla.org to Sugar activities (with David Farning)
Vincent Povirk reports that the Wine activity (Windows emulator) has
advanced to the point where he think it is ready for testing by actual
users (See http://wiki.winehq.org/SugaredWine).
I've release TurtleArt-23.xo, which does a local caching of the render
SVG images, resulting in a great improvement in launch speed (with the
exception of the very first time you run it). Next up for TurtleArt, a
save option that outputs Logo code.
Food Force is available for testing (See
=== Sugar Labs ===
12. Self-organizing map (SOM): Gary Martin has generated another SOM
from the past week of discussion on the IAEP mailing list (Please see
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