[Sugar-devel] [IAEP] Quote, docs (was Re: Sugar Digest 2010-05-20)

David Farning dfarning at ubuntu.com
Mon May 24 07:52:37 EDT 2010

On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 5:52 PM, Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 11:42, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:
>> ==Sugar Digest==
>> One of the nice things as you walk through the museum is that on
>> almost every wall is a quote about play. They have a nice collection
>> of quotes on line as well (See
>> http://www.museumofplay.org/about_play/quotes.html). I read them a
>> favorite quote from Marvin Minsky, which seemed to resonate with them:
>>    "The playfulness of childhood is the most demanding teacher we have."
> Thanks. I added that one to http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/User:Mokurai/Quotes
>> We talked about how we might engage them in some informal learning
>> activities using Sugar.
> I have had such talks with The Tech Museum of San Jose and the
> Exploratorium, and intend to talk with others. The Tech invites
> interactive exhibit designs.
>> I had written an NSF grant a while back: "Adding depth to and building
>> community within informal education", which was rejected, but is worth
>> pursing nonetheless.
> Would you be intereted i joii i a a appi
>> I'd proposed to explore how children's activities at informal learning
>> venues can be extended by providing learners with inexpensive,
>> ubiquitous access to learning software (Sugar on a Stick). By
>> designing, developing, and testing a proof of concept that combines
>> informal learning activities with in-depth follow up at home or in the
>> classroom we still hope to demonstrate a learning ecology that
>> "increases public interest in, understanding of, and engagement with
>> science, technology, engineering, and mathematics."
>> Specifically, I proposed to leverage Sugar on a Stick to promote the
>> use of Sugar in informal learning settings: prototyping Sugar-based
>> exhibit kiosks in museums and libraries that will facilitate visitor
>> interactions. Visitors will be given a Sugar-on-a-Stick USB storage
>> device with which they can make bookmarks of exhibits that they
>> visited, found interesting, or saved data from. Exhibit designers can
>> use kiosks to collect visitor information and offer additional
>> activities and data that visitors can work with when back at school or
>> home. Activities can be downloaded to the Sugar-on-a-Stick device from
>> the kiosk. The work done by visitors can be incorporated into the
>> exhibit itself and featured on line, with the potential to reach a
>> broader audience.
>> I still hope to learn how the data- and instrumentation-rich
>> facilities found in informal learning settings and Sugar might be
>> combined to further engage the interest of learners in scientific and
>> technological literacy. I hypothesized that by giving visitors the
>> ability to take programs and data home with them, we will be able to
>> challenge them with more in-depth and engaging problem solving. Giving
>> them activities to take home, connecting these activities to other
>> learning experiences and interests, and connecting these activities to
>> a community of learners are significant enhancements to the status quo
>> of informal learning.
>> We need to evaluate the technical, logistical, and pedagogical impacts
>> on the museum exhibit experience, library digital and human resources,
>> and education programs s that we can develop an implementation guide
>> for informal-learning professionals.
>> === Help wanted ===
>> 2. We have a number of vacancies (See
>> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Vacancies). Many of these positions
>> require organization as opposed to technical skills and only a
>> commitment of a few hours per week.
> Clearly I should offer to take this one on:
> Document team coordinator: carries administrative tasks such as
> organizing regular meetings, keep the TODO list updated, keep the
> membership list, and makes sure that the team has clear goals and is
> kept focused. I'll look over the latest at
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Documentation_Team and see if I have any
> questions.

That would be excellent.  There is a small team working on API
documentation.  For the next 6 months, they will be working on
'restructured text' API documentation for core sugar documentation.  I
believe that they have settled on sphinx as the preferred tool.

I hope you find this a useful addition to the documentation team and
useful addition to the Sugar Labs.


>> regards.
>> -walter
>> --
>> Walter Bender
>> Sugar Labs
>> http://www.sugarlabs.org
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> Edward Mokurai (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) Cherlin
> Silent Thunder is my name, and Children are my nation.
> The Cosmos is my dwelling place, the Truth my destination.
> http://www.earthtreasury.org/
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