# Deducto and Color Deducto activities - creating your own game mechanism

Caroline Meeks caroline at solutiongrove.com
Sun Oct 25 21:55:00 EDT 2009

On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 3:57 PM, Manusheel Gupta <manu at laptop.org> wrote:

> Caroline,
>
> Thank you. Appreciate your feedback.
>
> On Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 7:24 PM, Caroline Meeks <
> caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
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>> Hi,
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>> This is cool thanks!
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> Is there a way to lower the floor?
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>   I am sorry, but I didn't get this part. Could you please elaborate.
>

One of the Sugar sayings is "Low Floor, No Ceiling" that is its really
really easy to start, very little learning curve to climb, but you can still

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>> Is there a version of this game that a 6 year old could have easy success
>> with that would help ramp it up?
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> Wish if you could share your ideas on how we could work and improve on this
> area. Will having a "hint" feature in the game that pops up after a couple
> of tries, and after viewing 5-8 true boards and false boards makes things
> better?
>

Hmm, I'm not actually very good at designing games but I suggest taking a
look at the Sudoku game and Implode. Maybe start with a very small board and
totally obvious rules?  How can we teach someone who can't read the
instructions on how to play?

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>> Suzanne, the 4th grade teacher at the GPA, has the students play a "Guess
>> my rule" game with shapes. For example, "All right angles" "Only Triangles",
>> "Two sides the same".
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> Very interesting. We will be working on developing lesson plans using
> Deducto and Color Deducto this winter. This use-case will be explored in
> detail before we implement this in the activities. Wish if you could provide
> us with lesson plans that teachers at GPA would like us to implement in
> these activities. Thank you very much for sharing these ideas.
>

Right now they play it with cut out shapes. One student makes a secret rule
(e.g. all right angles) and the other student selects shapes and is told if
they match the rule. They have to guess the rule.

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>> Do we have a place to put game ideas so programmers could pick them up if
>> they want a project?
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> Not at this juncture. We'll start this section within the next 2 days.
>

Great!

Thanks for all the good work!!!

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> Regards,
>
> Manu
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>> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 3:18 PM, Manusheel Gupta <manu at laptop.org> wrote:
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>>> Dan,
>>>
>>> Ashita has been working on a user guide for "create your own game"
>>> mechanism for Deducto and Color Deducto activities. The guide is not yet
>>> complete and needs a flow chart, but should be good enough to walk you
>>> through this feature. Please find it attached along with this e-mail.
>>>
>>> On a separate note, this feature is open to development, and we will see
>>> more enhancements soon.
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Manu
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: Ashita Dadlani <ashita at seeta.in>
>>> Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:34 AM
>>> Subject: revised color deducto documentation
>>> To: Manusheel Gupta <manu at seeta.in>,
>>>
>>>
>>>
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