[sugar] Spreadsheets/ Slideshows

Alan Kay alan.kay
Sat Jun 2 11:12:48 EDT 2007

You might want to check out what Etoys actually does and is. (Hint: 
it covers your desiderata beIow pretty well.)

I suggest perusing the document that I made up for the OLPC countries 
meeting a few weeks ago. Nia Lewis will probably have a copy.



At 07:50 AM 6/2/2007, Eben Eliason wrote:
>Ever since this project began, I've had this idea in my head regarding
>what a "slideshow" might mean on the OLPC machine.  I'd really like to
>see an activity called "Collage" which is something like a modern
>descendent of Hypercard.  It should take the idea of embedding media
>further, of course allowing images, sounds, video and text, but
>perhaps also supporting live logo turtles, live editable text boxes
>and other interactive forms.  Ideally, there would be an interface
>which made it pluggable so that any activity could embed its formats
>and provide hooks for interacting with it.
>Bringing it all together, it should support a basic logo-like
>scripting language.  This could allow simple actions like "next page",
>but could also be allowed to pull text from the live text boxes via
>some identifiers, animate the embedded objects, track some basic mouse
>and keyboard events, and interact with hooks provided by the plugins.
>A child could create a single page, or a simple slideshow, but by
>taking full advantage of the nature of the scripting which pulls
>things together, they can create non-linear books, interactive
>animations, science reports with embedded interactive experiments,
>games, and more.
>As fun as this would be for kids, I also see this as being a fantastic
>format for teachers to create lesson plans in:  provide some
>instructions with text and images, embed a video about the topic,
>script up a little physics simulation that the kids can experiment
>with, embed an abiword table widget which automatically records the
>results of the experiment, and place some questions with textboxes at
>the end so the kids can answer them and then turn in their "lab."
>Heck, you could even automatically check the answers when they are
>done, or interactively assist them when they answer incorrectly,
>nudging them along or referencing the results table again.
>- Eben
>On 6/2/07, Rebecca Gettys <rebecca.gettys at comcast.net> wrote:
> > Hi All,
> > I think that sideshows CAN be very sueful in the class room, and they
> > have actually taught be to pay attention to detail. You need notes to do
> > anything really, and they do have their applications with other
> > students. Just a thought.
> > ~Rebecca
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