[Grassroots-l] new Etoys courseware, new pilots in Florida and Nicaragua

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 19:46:56 EDT 2008

On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 4:46 AM, Timothy Falconer <timothy at immuexa.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Waveplace has finished its beta "Squeaky Tales" courseware ... 30 lessons
> (with videos) that teach how to teach Etoys on the XO.   To see examples, or
> to become a beta tester, visit:
> http://waveplace.com/resources/tutorials/

Thanks. I put this on the Teacher Training page on the Sugar Labs Wiki.

> We took everything we learned in our first pilot (in the Virgin Islands) and
> started completely over.  The pacing is much better, as is the storytelling
> component, which was crucial in St John.  We're using the beta courseware in
> our three pilots this summer, and will then start completely over and make a
> physical textbook and DVD series (in English, Spanish, and French).  All
> will be sold at cost for physical materials.  (We're a non-profit.)
> In other news, we held our first intensive teacher workshop last week in
> Immokalee, Florida.  The teachers are very enthusiastic.   For the next two
> months, they'll be using the courseware to teach 42 children, each of whom
> received their very own XO last week.  Larry Abramson from NPR spent a day
> with us, listening as we taught the teachers and later the children.
> Lastly, we've just finished prep work for our 4th pilot ... this time on the
> Pacific coast of Nicaragua in a school that currently has no electricity.
>  If all goes well, we'll be starting that pilot in mid-July.   When this
> pilot finishs, Waveplace will have given both XOs and training to more than
> 100 children and 20 teachers.
> For more on the Immokalee and Nicaragua pilots, or to hear about our Haiti
> pilot, read the current issue of our newsletter:
> http://waveplace.com/news/newsletter/web.jsp?id=7
> You can also subscribe to it by visiting:
> http://waveplace.com/subscribe/
> Take care,
> Tim
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Edward Cherlin
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