[IAEP] Back on Task... The 2017 Sugar Labs Mission Statement
tony_anderson at usa.net
Fri Apr 28 21:31:24 EDT 2017
"Sugar Labs is a volunteer-run project whose mission is to reach global
learners and educators with a collection of tools that enable them to
explore, discover, create, and reflect in their local language. Sugar
Labs distributes these tools freely and encourages its users to
appropriate them, taking ownership and responsibility for their
learning." (proposed motion)
"Sugar is a learning platform based on the constructionist educational
principles of Jean Piaget, Seymour Papert, Cynthia Solomon, and Alan
Kay. Sugar Labs is responsible to develop, distribute, and support Sugar
with the help of a global volunteer community of contributors. Sugar
Labs provides Sugar in two forms: Sugar for personal computers and XOs
and Sugarizer (Sugar Mobile) for mobile devices and the Web." Motion
approved January 2017.
It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Sugar Labs is not comfortable
with its 'learning platform' but prefers to offer a set of tools from
which our users can pick and choose.
Sugar as a learning platform supports collaboration, provides a Journal,
uses icons to minimize dependence on language skills and provides a
common human interface to make easier discovery of new capabilities.
XSCE has been working with Kids on Computers. KOC did not even consider
Sugar but chose UberMix. If you don't need a platform but are happy with
a collection of tools, UberMix meets the need.
On 04/29/2017 12:52 AM, Caryl Bigenho wrote:
> A few things...
> First... Walter made this motion and it was seconded by several board
> members. Therefore it should be voted on, up or down, before
> considering Laura's substitute motion. I see nothing wrong with this
> mission statement. It is clear and concise and describes exactly what
> Sugar Labs is all about.
> Walter's motion:
> /Revise the Sugar Labs mission statement to "Sugar Labs is a
> volunteer-run project whose mission// is to reach global learners and
> educators with a collection of tools that enable them to explore,
> discover, create, and reflect in their local language. Sugar Labs
> distributes these tools freely and encourages its users to appropriate
> them, taking ownership and responsibility for their learning."/
> Second... when you reply to an email, unless it is private SLOB
> business, please be sure you have included iaep in the addresses.
> Otherwise your messages look blank to everyone who isn't a SLOB
> member. It is called "sunshine."
> Third... After the mission statement is approved, or a
> substitute (but I hope it is this one), it will be time to consider
> long term goals for Sugar Labs. There should be only 4 or 5 at most. I
> have copies of 4 of the 5 that were proposed earlier. Walter may still
> have a copy of the 5th one. After the mission statement issue is
> settled, I'll send what I have out so you can all work on getting them
> just the way they should be.
> Please understand, goals are NOT the same as objectives. They are much
> more general. Objectives are designed to help achieve the goals and
> have a definite form... /who/ will do /what/ by /when/, /how/ will it
> be done and /how/ will success be measured. Goals do NOT have these
> Proposals for future use of Sugar Labs funds should be directed to
> meet specific /objectives/ and thus our goals and our mission. They
> are all interconnected.
> P.S. Shouldn't there be a SLOB meeting today? I didn't see a notice on
> the iaep list.
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