saving files (was Re: notes from the field - Mongolia)

elana langer elana.langer at
Thu Oct 9 13:14:04 EDT 2008

Hey Tomeu-

By "file" I mean the product of their work - in write a document, in
record a picture, in etoys a project etc. They want to save what they
do in a "traditional" way. Now when I mean 'they' I am referring
mostly to teachers or teacher trainers. But i think we need to face
the reality that because we want these computers to be used within as
a tool to reform formal educational we need to consider that teachers
are going to work on the computers too. They also really want to guide
the students - when it is hard for them to find their own work they
panic. Also when they finish their work and want to share it with
others or upload it from a computer that has connectivity they find it
near impossible to move their work to a USB key. I don't have enough
data from kids trying to do the same yet but hopefully I will see what
they do in the next weeks.

On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 5:04 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 5:20 PM, elana langer <elana.langer at> wrote:
>> 2) Can't save files - this should probably be the first item on my
>> list. It drives teachers and students crazy. They make something in an
>> application, take some pictures or write something and then have to go
>> through a really tough process to find it and save it on an external
>> drive.
> Can you explain what do you mean by saving files?
> Which are the problems when trying to find a "file"? Do you have any
> suggestion to improve the process?
> Once the file is found, which are the problems that kids have when
> trying to copy it to an external drive? Any suggestion?
> Thanks,
> Tomeu

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