"Yay!, Bee, See" (ABC) software

Samuel Klein meta.sj at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 15:15:47 EST 2008


This is brilliant!  Definitely brightened my day.
I just converted it to an xol bundle which you can try downloading...


You should create a page about it (and tell this story!) on our wiki...

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Yay-bee-see  (page not created yet :)


On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 12:21 PM, Ben Wiley Sittler <bsittler at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have just joined this list and read through the archives, but could
> not find anything similar. I also didn't find mention of anything
> similar on the OLPC Wiki.
> I recently wrote some software for use by my daughter on her OLPC. It
> runs inside the Browse activity, either locally using a "file:" URI or
> over the network. I don't know whether it will be of interest to
> anyone else, but I have released the software to the public domain and
> packaged it along with scaled-down (1600x1200 or less) copies of some
> public-domain images and some copyrighted-but-free-to-redistribute
> images under GFDL, and various Creative Commons Attribution-Share
> Alike, Attribution, and Share Alike licenses. Individual attribution
> for each image is included in the application source code.
> overview:
> I wrote some software using DHTML (JavaScript, HTML and CSS.) It's to
> help learn letters and numbers, and is intended to be used with adult
> supervision and involvement. It is fairly easy to customize it to use
> different images and support different alphabets simply by editing the
> contents of the <style> element in the HTML file.
> The software is very, very, very simple — it just echoes typed letters
> and numbers in a large, colorful font and shows a somewhat-relevant
> background image for each one. The images are various freely-usable
> ones I found on Wikipedia or in the Wikimedia Commons. View source
> code for full copyright information for the associated images.
> online version of the "Yay!, Bee, See" application:
> http://xent.com/~bsittler/yay-bee-see.html
> an archive of the application (ZIP, ~15 MiB) including all images:
> http://xent.com/~bsittler/yay-bee-see.zip
> blog post about it:
> http://bsittler.livejournal.com/15244.html
> background:
> My daughter (who turns two this week) has been enjoying her OLPC from
> last year's G1G1 program much more than I expected she would
> (originally I intended to wait until she was older and literate to
> introduce her to the OLPC, but she seemed to treat it as a favorite
> toy starting around the age of 18 months.) She likes the Record
> activity (she calls it "Waving hand" and uses it like a mirror-image
> mirror,) Skype (not bundled, but she uses it to talk to and see
> far-away family,) and listening to music (theclassicalstation.org).
> She also likes pressing buttons, rotating the "ears" and screen, and
> opening and closing the laptop. However, she seems somewhat frustrated
> by not being able to do things on it for herself (or as she puts it,
> "do it self!",) so I thought I might write a small program where her
> keypresses give some feedback, and help reinforce her interest in the
> digits and letters of the alphabet (she loves being read to and
> recognizes many letters and digits, but does not seem to understand
> reading yet.)
> -Ben
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