[Etoys] RES: [Squeakland] Squeakfest 2009

Rita Freudenberg rita at isg.cs.uni-magdeburg.de
Sun Nov 23 14:01:37 EST 2008

Am 23.11.2008 um 06:11 schrieb Marta Voelcker:

> Randal, Jecel and all,
> June is also possible, but, I was thinking how Smalltalk Conference  
> and how  FISL atmosphere relate to the Squeakfest that I had in mind  
> (similar to Chicago 2007)...
> I have limited experience, but the way I see things, the currently  
> biggest challenge for E-toys growth is not on its code, is not  
> related to software, but to teachers and schools reps. It is related  
> to communicating what for, and how to, use it inside schools.
> In this context, making a metaphor with sports, let's say... with  
> NBA - I see the developers/programmers as the wise and experienced  
> coaches, and I see the  teachers as the players. They are those who  
> score, who make it happen inside the classroom - I would like to see  
> them becoming the stars, shining in this context!
> The name Squeakfest made history already, and so we plan to keep it,  
> but in fact, the idea is not about squeak-the programming language-  
> the idea is gathering together to share experience and plans  about  
> E-toys.
> Talking about e-toys I am particularly motivated about 2009 - the  
> landscape had never been so proper to make it growth. Taking growth  
> as explained by
> David Cavallo's in his paper - Models of growth — towards  
> fundamental change in learning environments - ... as the terms  
> replication and scaling are themselves problematic and misleading.   
> I see 2009 proper for growth because OLPC has already delivered XOs  
> in schools in many countries; technology price had go down also in  
> developing countries…    But schools  will need initiated teachers,  
> teachers active in e-toys community, to make it happen.
>  Maybe,  relating Squeakfest with a big  software conferences might  
> scare teachers…
> In the other hand, making Squeakfest  close to an IT for Education  
> conference (WCCE) is probably going to increase attendance of  
> teachers and people from education area.
> Let me know your thoughts,

Hi Marta,

I agree with you that the main focus of Squeakfest should be the  
teachers and educators. In this context I would think July is easier  
for teachers because of the summer holidays, which in most countries  
will have started in July (as far as I know). What you think about  
Squeakfest sounds very inspiring! Please let me know how I can help  
you with planning.

Best regards,

> Marta
> -----Mensagem original-----
> De: Randal L. Schwartz [mailto:merlyn at stonehenge.com]
> Enviada em: sábado, 22 de novembro de 2008 10:42
> Para: Marta Voelcker
> Cc: squeakland at squeakland.org; etoys at lists.laptop.org; 'Susana  
> Seidel'; Edson Lindner; 'Daniela Hoffmann'; decio at pensamentodigital.org.br 
> ; Léa Fagundes - UFRGS (Léa Fagundes - UFRGS); 'bruno sperb';  
> 'Mônica Estrázulas'
> Assunto: Re: [Squeakland] Squeakfest 2009
> >>>>> "Marta" == Marta Voelcker <marta at pensamentodigital.org.br>  
> writes:
> Marta>  It is time to continue to plan and decide things about  
> Squeakfest
> Marta> 2009. My colleagues and I have been talking and we are  
> enthusiastic to
> Marta> hold a gathering in Porto Alegre on July 23rd to 25th  
> ( Thursday to
> Marta> Saturday).  Another International Conference about IT for Ed  
> - WCCE
> Marta> -world conference in computers for education is going to take  
> place
> Marta> near Porto Alegre in the following week - July 27th to 31st.   
> We
> Marta> thought that some of the people coming for Squeakfest would get
> Marta> interested in attending WCCE and vice versa.
> Please also note the addition of an entire 3-day Smalltalk Mini-Conf  
> within
> FISL 10, a mere three weeks earlier within the same city!  How much
> smalltalking can Porto Alegre handle? :)
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