[sugar] Narrative

Bryan Berry bryan.berry
Sun Oct 5 04:29:34 EDT 2008

On Sun, 2008-10-05 at 02:25 -0400, Benjamin M. Schwartz wrote:
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> Bryan Berry wrote:
> | There is something I would like to add. Folks from rich countries (like
> | myself) underestimate the importance of narratives b/c we are surrounded
> | by libraries, online tutorials in our native language, extensive
> | versions of wikipedia in our language, etc. There's a real drought of
> | narratives for poor countries.
> I don't know what you mean by narrative.  If I were to pick a word to
> describe libraries, online tutorials, wikipedia, and other similar
> resources, I would choose "information".  I go to wikipedia to learn
> facts, not stories.

I basically mean "structured information" put into a structure by a
human(s) intended to best build up concepts.

> I agree that providing information is good and important for education.
> I don't see how OLPC or Sugar lacks tools to provide information.
> Including a digital textbook into a Sugar build for XO is extremely easy.
> ~ We simply don't have the textbooks.  The problem, in this case, seems
> much more like a lack of "content" and translators.  That effort is
> important and worthwhile, but seems quite independent of Sugar.

I agree on this. I don't see how narratives fit into Sugar. Michael
Stone has some interesting ideas on this though. I think that Sugar
should focus on collaboration and discovery and tools like Moodle can
provide the narrative. 

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