[Sur] Sugar Digest 2014-10-01

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Mie Oct 1 15:17:16 EDT 2014

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2014-10-01 13:46 GMT-03:00, Walter Bender <walter.bender en gmail.com>:
> errata:
> 7. The next Turtle Art Day event will be a workshop at Prospect Hill
> Academy in Somerville. Caroline Meeks is hosting the event.
> -walter
> On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM, Walter Bender <walter.bender en gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> ==Sugar Digest==
>> 1. September was an exciting month. We held the first Sugar Youth
>> Summit in Montevideo, organized by Daniel Francis and Jose Miguel
>> Garcia and generously hosted by ANEP. The event featured a day-long
>> symposium and series of workshops, including ones on Turtle Art,
>> Butia, and how to write a Sugar activity. One teacher who attended the
>> Turtle Art workshop exclaimed that she could not believe the progress
>> she made.
>> The event was attended by youths from Uruguay and Paraguay and
>> educators and developers from as far away as Nicaragua and Colombia.
>> We had an Argentine contingent as well.
>> The symposium and workshops were held on Software Freedom Day. Given
>> the number of Python programmers in attendance, it occurred to me that
>> we should petition the city of Montevideo to rename itself Monty
>> Python (after whom the language was named) for Software Freedom Day
>> each year.
>> The day before the symposium Gonzalo Odiard, Mariana Herrera, Jose
>> Miguel, and I visited a school for children with special needs. As a
>> result, during the code sprint that followed the symposium, we wrote
>> three new activities that have their content and user interface
>> tailored to the school's population. Lorena Paz from Argentina, also
>> in attendance, resurfaces a number of issues around accessibility that
>> we will consider in the coming months as well.
>> Coincident with the weekend of hacking was a robo-Sumo contest at
>> FING. It was a good opportunity to spend time with Andres Aguirre and
>> Alan Aguiar of Butia fame and to recruit some new talent. Several of
>> the more competitive kids joined us in the workshops. They took a
>> special interest in Turtle Blocks 3D, one of the Google Summer of Code
>> projects that is coming into its own.
>> Gonzalo and I also got a chance to meet with a group of teachers
>> conviened by Jose Miguel at his office at ANEP. These teachers are
>> engaged in various project-based learning initiatives across the
>> country. Really good work -- utilizing the computer as a tool to
>> enhance authentic inquiry by the children. I look forward to continued
>> interactions with them.
>> 2. At the workshop, Martin Abente presented the initial plans for
>> Sugar 104. (Martin has generously offered to be the release manager.)
>> The new features under consideration can be found at [1].
>> We'll be discussing these features in an online meeting on 2 October
>> at 13 UTC. Please join us on irc.freenode.net #sugar-meeting.
>> 3. I've been working on polishing up the Turtle Blocks 3D code over
>> the past few weeks. There are a number of improvements from where we
>> (Anubhav and I) left things this summer. Notably, the interface
>> between Turtle Blocks and Blender is much richer. You can export .OBJ
>> files from Turtle and import them into Blender and export .OBJ files
>> from Blender and import them into Turtle. Currently I am working on
>> adding a 3D cursor, which I designed and rendered in Turtle Blocks 3D
>> itself. See [2] for a preview.
>> 4. I've been working on a new activity similar to the Portfolio
>> activity that is geared towards reflection. Like Portfolio, it draws
>> upon Journal items that have been starred. It also allows the user to
>> create reflections unrelated to any Journal items. The presentation is
>> quite different from Portfolio, which is modeled after a slide show.
>> Reflect is more like a stream, similar to the news feeds in Facebook
>> and Google+. The stream supports comments and attaching media, and it
>> can be searched by #tags. A preview is available at [3]. Feedback most
>> welcome.
>> 5. It is time to begin preparing for the annual Sugar Labs Oversight
>> Board election (AKA SLOBs). Four (4) seats are open (due to staggered
>> seat terms) for election / re-election to the Sugar Labs Oversight
>> Board for 2013-2014, those of Daniel Francis, Gonzalo Odiard, Adam
>> Holt, and Claudia Urrea. Please let me know if you are interested
>> running for one of our board seats and also, please add your self to
>> the candidates' wiki page [4]. Also, since only members receive
>> ballots, please be sure to sign up for membership by following the
>> instructions in the wiki [5]. Finally, we need help running the
>> election itself. Please contact me (or Luke Faraone) if you are
>> interested in helping.
>> === In the community ===
>> 6. Several of us will be in the Bay Area for the Google Summer of Code
>> summit in late October. In conjunction with that event, we'll be
>> holding a code sprint to look at the collaboration stack. If
>> 7. The next Turtle Art Day event will be a workshop at the ??? School
>> in Summerville. Carolyn Meeks is hosting the event. I've been busy
>> making Sugar-on-a-Stick USB keys to give the kids. (I'm using Ruben
>> Rodriguez's Trisquel TOAST image [6], which has an up-to-date copy of
>> Turtle Blocks.)
>> We are also planning a Turtle workshop in San Francisco in October.
>> === Tech Talk ===
>> 8. Lionel Laské recently announced the fourth version (0.4) of
>> Sugarizer, a taste of Sugar for any device [7]. Sugarizer reproduces
>> the main features of Sugar in HTML5/JavaScript. It is available from a
>> browser or as an Android application. Lionel presents Sugarizer in a
>> talk at SugarCamp Paris [8].
>> 9. Sebastian Silva and Laura Vargas recently announced that > 20000
>> children are now using Sugar Network. Tip of the hat to Aleksey Lim
>> who has been working diligently behind the scenes on the project.
>> === Sugar Labs ===
>> 10. Please visit our planet at [9].
>> -walter
>> --
>> Walter Bender
>> Sugar Labs
>> http://www.sugarlabs.org
>> --
>> [1] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/0.104/Feature_List
>> [2] http://github.com/Anubhav-J/turtleart.git
>> [3] http://github.com/walterbender/reflect.git
>> [4] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Oversight_Board/2014-2015-candidates
>> [5]
>> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs/Members#Applying_for_membership
>> [6] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Trisquel_On_A_Sugar_Toast
>> [7] http://sugarizer.org
>> [8]
>> http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1rvdma_sugarcamp-3-sugarizer-what-if-sugar-could-be-on-every-device_school
>> [9] http://planet.sugarlabs.org
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