[Sugar-devel] Activity to improve collaboration in the classroom

James Simmons nicestep at gmail.com
Fri Mar 15 17:21:31 EDT 2013


This sounds a bit like the Library Activity that Aleksey Lim worked on:


The sharing part was supposed to be something like you would create a list
of Journal entries that you wished to share (something like a bookshelf),
and these entries would be available for download by anyone you had shared
the list with.  This functionality was supposed to be part of version 2
which never got written.

James Simmons

On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 4:12 PM, Gonzalo Odiard <gonzalo at laptop.org> wrote:

>  A few times, we found simple operations are not so simple for teachers in
> Sugar,
> one case is share one file with all the kids in a class, request a task to
> do
> and later get all the work done by the kids.
> I am working in one activity to try to solve this issue, I want share a
> prototype,
> and a few ideas around this issue.
> JournalShare [1] allow select a number of items in the Journal and after
> collaboration is
> established, download the files. Pending is the implementation of
> transference of files in the opposed direction. Right now,
> display only the favorite items in the journal, like Portfolio,
> but probably will allow select individual items or use tags to search.
> I used webkit to display the UI and a simple server to
> provide the data in JSON format. javascript in the client creates the UI.
> Using HTML and CSS allow fast and easy formating. Right now,
> the format is ugly, but will be improved later.
> I think we can improve this to allow adding comments or other social
> features,
> like walter proposed webservices plugins do. Other reason to use a web
> interface
> and not do the client with gtk, is allow easy migration to other future
> environments
> or allow run this in the schoolserver to access the backedup journal items.
> The most important thing right now is implement the transference from the
> client
> to the server, and test if can scale to have a entire class working
> together.
> Download a file is implemented with the downloadmanager from Browse,
> but for any reason does not show the alert when the download start
> but at the end, (probably gtk is blocking the thread or similar), is
> something to solve.
> I stolen code from other activities, like Portfolio, Read and the
> original JournalShare from Agustin. To all the developers, thanks :)
> Comments, ideas, bugs or patches are welcomed.
> Gonzalo
> [1] http://dev.laptop.org/~gonzalo/activities/JournalShare-1.xo
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