Steve Fullerton fullerton.steve at gmail.com
Thu May 31 13:26:49 EDT 2007

A very simplified spreadsheet on the OLPC machine would be nothing more than
a teacher's blackboard that is interactive.  E.g. the child can
experiment/interact with the blackboard.  Traditionally, numbers are written
on the board; solutions are given.  The ability of the student to manipulate
these would be a great advance.  The bridge from rote learning to
experimental learning.

This is something we are thinking about at UCSD.

On 5/31/07, Yoshiki Ohshima <yoshiki at squeakland.org> wrote:
>   Michael,
> > There are no plans for an official OLPC spreadsheet activity. At
> > least, none that I have heard of (or could imagine). Largely because 6
> > year olds shouldn't have access to it.
>   Can you explain why they shouldn't?
>   Spreadsheet is a good way to experiment numbers and (usually)
> provides simple rules to manipulate them.  Thinking about patterns and
> relationships, it can be a pretty good tool.
>   A built-in graph feature would be a plus, but it is also good way to
> make them "draw" a graph by usign each cells as pixels.  Making a
> graph feature should give them better understanding what a graph is.
>   (For the making graph part, many kind of graphs can be done in Etoys
> (and TurtleArt) by using the pen feature.  Etoys has a "holder" object
> that can hold a sequence of numbers as text, so you can do very
> rudimentary spread sheet like thing by yourself...)
> -- Yoshiki
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