[Sur] Sugar Digest 2016-02-09

Flavio Danesse fdanesse en gmail.com
Jue Feb 11 08:37:05 EST 2016

Excelente !!
Qué buen trabajo han hecho acá.
Esto me ha dado varias ideas para nuevos desarrollos.

Felicitaciones por este trabajo.
Yo he iniciado un nuevo y largo camino de estudio sobre nuevas formas y
herramientas de desarrollo de software que me tiene fascinado y muy
ocupado, pero espero poder aportar cosas interesantes dentro de algunos
meses más.

2016-02-09 18:41 GMT-03:00 rosamel norma ramirez mendez <
rosanor43 en hotmail.com>:

> I have been pleased with :
> https://walterbender.githu <https://walterbender.github.io/musicblocks>b...
> El 9 feb. 2016, a las 6:27 p.m., Walter Bender <walter.bender en gmail.com>
> escribió:
> == Sugar Digest ==
> Ten days ago, my mentor and friend Marvin Minsky passed away. As one of
> the co-founders of the field of Artificial Intelligence, his passing has
> been widely covered by the press and many notable colleagues has blogged
> about his numerous intellectual contributions. I have little to add
> regarding his contributions to AI, although I had the pleasure of many
> conversations with him about the ideas he discusses in Society of Mind and
> The Emotion Machine.
> Perhaps less well known are some of Marvin's writing on learning. He was a
> long-time colleague of Seymour Papert and made significant contributions to
> Logo and the core ideas of Construtionism. (He built one of the first Logo
> "turtles" and, along with Ed Fredkin, invented the digital synthesizer,
> which he interfaced to Logo.) While I was at One Laptop per Child, I
> commissioned him to write some essays on learning (See [1]). Alas, we will
> never get to read the final four essays in the series (Future Essays).
> Spending time with Marvin was always a pleasure: the range of topics
> discussed, the challenging of every assumption and convention, the
> unquenchable curiosity, and the generosity with ideas, critique, and
> reflection is in my experience unmatched.
> I promise to take the time to share some recollections from our time
> together over the coming months, beginning here with a scenario I saw
> repeated on numerous occasions. In the days of overhead projectors, when
> Marvin would give a lecture he would (I always presumed deliberately) drop
> his slides on the floor as he approached the projector. He'd then look
> down, pick one up seeming at random, put it on the projector, and then dive
> into a fascinating discourse, not necessarily on topic, but always well
> worth the time and attention of his audience. Marvin was always at his best
> when he was unleashed.
> Marvin had a beautiful mind and a beautiful spirit. He is dearly missed.
> 1. A warm welcome to the new Sugar Labs oversight board: Walter Bender;
> Lionel Laské; Adam Holt; Sameer Verma; Claudia Urrea; Tony Anderson; and
> José Miguel García. We'll hold our first meeting this Friday at 16 UTC on
> irc.freenode.net #sugar. Please join us.
> Many thanks to Daniel Francis, Gonzalo Odiard, and Chris Leonard whom have
> served many years on the oversight board and continue to make numerous
> contributions to the Sugar community.
> 2. Google Code-In is over and the mentor team has selected our two
> grand-prize winners: Piotr Antosz (from Poland) and Ezequiel Pereira Lopez
> (from Uruguay). While it is never an easy decision -- we had many strong
> contenders for the top two spots -- I am quite pleased with the decision as
> both Piotr and Ezequiel did great work and have deeply engaged with the
> community. Congratulations to both of them. And, again, thank you to all of
> the contestants and to the mentors.
> 3. One topic I hope to discuss on Friday is Google Summer of Code 2016.
> I've set up a preliminary page in the wiki [2] to get the application
> process start (I am presuming that the oversight board will agree to
> participate again this year). Please add project suggests to the wiki.
> === In the Community ===
> 4. I just returned from Constructionism 2016 (See [3]), a "bi-annual
> gathering of researchers and practitioners of the constructionist learning
> philosophy is intended to be a place to showcase lessons learned,
> innovative learning tools, new case studies, and novel approaches that has
> been happening throughout the world." A number of Sugar Labs community
> members were there, including Cynthia Solomon, Claudia Urrea, and Devin
> Ulibarri. Devin and I spoke about Music Blocks and along with Cynthia and
> Claudia, we ran several workshops for children and teachers. Lots of great
> feedback and many new and renewed connections. (Our host, Khun Paron, has
> been an advocate for Sugar for almost a decade.) The entire conference was
> videotaped and will be posted online soon. Be sure to watch Cynthia's
> keynote address in which she reviewed the history of Constructionism, which
> has had a great influence on the design and development of Sugar.
> 5. Music Blocks is a fork the Turtle Blocks program that we began last
> year during GSoC. Our goal is for Music Blocks to be an open-ended, yet
> musically relevant tool—one that invites learners to explore fundamental
> musical concepts that are both intrinsic to music yet transcendent of a
> specific discipline.
> The structure of our workshops included the concept of a "Power Piece". A
> power piece is a melody or a song that is taught because it is powerful and
> becomes more powerful as it is taught. Children took phrases of some
> familiar music as a basis of exploring and manipulating the music through
> programming.
> As a result of feedback from the workshops, I have made a number of
> improvements to Music Blocks [4]. It is much more robust and internally
> consistent. Please do try it (there is a guide at [5]) and give me
> additional feedback.
> By coincidence, I subsequently read in Stephen Wolfram's blog about Marvin
> Minsky that "Marvin immediately launched into talking about how programming
> languages are the only ones that people are expected to learn to write
> before they can read. He said he’d been trying to convince Seymour Papert
> that the best way to teach programming was to start by showing people good
> code. He gave the example of teaching music by giving people Eine kleine
> Nachtmusik, and asking them to transpose it to a different rhythm and see
> what bugs occur."
> Papert did speak of the need for guidance, both in the programming
> environment itself and in the teacher’s facilitating a child's exploration
> of it. Power Pieces introduce rich musical ideas that can be studied,
> analyzed, transformed, and
> re-imagined, they are ripe for open-ended explorations as part of
> workshops.
> During the workshops (and at the conference) Devin and I both stood on our
> "soap boxes" in support of Free/Libre Software. Using computers and
> programming software to run on computers is a powerful means to drive
> learning. Free Software raises the ceiling by enabling student
> contributions to the design, the documentation, and the code itself.
> Tip of the hat to Sawaros Thanapornsangsuth, who translated Music Blocks
> into Thai for our workshops.
> === Tech Talk ===
> 6. The Sugar Labs systems team has been busy upgrading our servers. Thanks
> to their efforts we have had very little down time in the past few years.
> === Sugar Labs ===
> 7. Please visit our planet [7].
> ----
> [1] http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Marvin_Minsky_essays
> [2] https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Summer_of_Code/2016
> [3] http://e-school.kmutt.ac.th/constructionism2016/
> [4] https://walterbender.github.io/musicblocks
> [5]
> https://github.com/walterbender/musicblocks/blob/master/guide/README.md
> [6]
> http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2016/01/farewell-marvin-minsky-19272016/
> [7] http://planet.sugarlabs.org
> -walter
> --
> Walter Bender
> Sugar Labs
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