Archive/Current Events/2012-05-24

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1. Danishka Navin pointed me to an article about Sugar in Sri Lanka. Even though they don't mention Sugar, in fact, both Sugar and GNOME are being used on Hanthana Linux, a Fedora-based Linux, using LSTP. The program is modelled on the Hanthana School Labs. I wonder where else Sugar is being used that I am unaware?

2. In the spirit of procrastination, I wrote two new Sugar activities this week. The first is a simple activity around the concept of narrative. Claudia Urrea had come across a game in which nine picture are chosen at random (by throwing nine dice). The players then construct a narrative based on the pictures. Easy enough to implement Activities/Story in Sugar. I took advantage of a nice source for SVG artwork, The Noun Project. When shared – with up to eight other users – everyone sees the same pictures and hence can tell a story in a round-robin fashion. (One of these days, I will write the Exquisite Cadavar activity, based on the Dadaist storytelling technique that is a natural fit with Sugar collaboration. There is a variant that combines pictures and text: you draw a picture illustrating my text; the next person writes text describing your picture, and so on. Stay tuned.)

Meanwhile, on the flight to Korea last week, I got caught up on some reading. Even though is it not clear that "you can make yourself smarter" using these techniques, nonetheless, n-back games are fun. So I wrote Activities/Recall. There are three games, with six levels each. It is deceptively easy to get hooked. Enjoy.

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3. EduJAM! is under way in Montevideo. Tune into the webcast and join the code sprint on the 13th and 14th.

4. Next week is Squeakfest, also in Montevideo (May 17-19) and May 21-22 in Buenos Aires.

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