[Sugar-devel] [IAEP] Sugar Digest 2008-12-15

Rafael Enrique Ortiz Guerrero dirakx at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 21:07:43 EST 2008

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 12:02 PM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>wrote:

> === 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
> [
> http://sugarlabs.org/go/DeploymentTeam/Deployment_guide_sur/TallerBuinaima
> the workshop plan] from a teacher workshop that took place at the
> Bunaima Foundation in Bogota, Colombia.

Some experiences about this:
It's a good idea to allow teachers to bring some of their children or
relatives to help them in the introduction to sugar, some of them are not
too adjusted to manage a computer and the help from someone it's necessary,
and the dynamic of the workshop it's increased by this help.

the last session was about teachers projects and how they can be made using
Sugar in the classroom, so in the firsts sessions of the workshops the
teachers should be encourage to do this final step or ''homework'', we tried
to help teachers in answer the question about
how can Sugar be used in the already established teaching curricula , and
also how can Sugar can enhance the children's learning in different subjects
like mathematics and science..reading and writing.

this last session is crucial and very important in my opinion.

> 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
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/DeploymentTeam/Local_Lab_MOU) between
> Sugar Labs and any organization that would like to establish a local
> lab. Please add your comments.
> 5. There is also Proposals Section (See
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/DeploymentTeam/GettingInvolved#Proposals)
> 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
> http://austinist.com/2008/12/10/aisd_teacher_throws_fit_over_studen.php).
> === 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
> git.sugarlabs.org:
> * sugar
> * sugar-base
> * sugar-toolkit
> * sugar-datastore
> * sugar-presence-service
> * sugar-jhbuild
> * read
> * chat
> 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
> developers.
> 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)
> 11. Activities:
> 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
> http://code.google.com/pfoodforce/downloads/list).
> === 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
> http://wikisugarlabs.org/go/Image:2008-December-6-12-som.jpg).
> -walter
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