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

Gonzalo Odiard gonzalo at laptop.org
Mon Mar 18 05:07:42 EDT 2013

Thanks James, I will look at this activity too.


On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM, James Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:

> Gonzalo,
> This sounds a bit like the Library Activity that Aleksey Lim worked on:
> http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4089
> 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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