Sugar in the Classroom, Nyscate 2009


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Presentation on Sugar and OLPC in two US elementary schools in Croton-on-Hudson in New York and Boston and an RIT course on developing for OLPC and on Open Source and HFOSS. Presented at New York State Computer and Technology Educators association's annual conference 2009

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Sugar in the Classroom, Nyscate 2009

  1. 1. Sugar in the Classroom Gerald Ardito Stephen Jacobs Caroline Meeks NYSCATE 2009
  2. 2. What is Sugar? From: “ Sugar is the core component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with equal opportunity for a quality education. Available in 25 languages, Sugar’s Activities are used every school day by one-million children in more than forty countries. Originally developed for the One Laptop per Child XO-1 netbook, Sugar runs on most computers. Sugar is free/libre and open-source software.” From /
  3. 3. free/libre and open-source software ? <ul><li>Developed by an open collaborative community, just as Sugar supports collaborative learning
  4. 4. Each user has the right to modify and improve.
  5. 5. Think of “Free Speech,” not “Free Beer.” Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software movement </li></ul>From: From:
  6. 6. A Tale of Two Cities from Boston Croton on Hudson from
  7. 7. A Tale of Two Strategies from http:/ Boston Croton on Hudson from
  8. 8. What’s the difference? <ul><li>Children adopt the technology immediately </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More like iPod/cell phone than computer
  9. 9. very little fear of doing something wrong or breaking something. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ad hoc networking/collaborating
  10. 10. Low floor/no ceiling </li></ul>
  11. 11. How is it working? <ul><li>Student Tech Teams
  12. 12. Working with teachers
  13. 13. Working with students </li></ul>
  14. 14. Some great learning experiences New York Boston
  15. 15. Lessons learned so far <ul><li>The direction of learning has changed from a straight line to a ripple. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Lessons learned so far <ul><li>Making stuff is way more powerful than just receiving stuff. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Lessons learned so far <ul><li>The classroom ecology is changing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone is a teacher, everyone is a learner. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Challenges <ul><li>Technical Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The basics: imaging machines, burning discs
  19. 19. Wireless connectivity
  20. 20. School vs. home </li></ul></ul>from
  21. 21. Challenges <ul><li>Pedagogical Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporating Sugar’s tools into existing curricula
  22. 22. Time for student and teacher professional development. </li></ul></ul>from
  23. 23. One Answer, Universities! <ul><li>Partner with student programmers and their professors
  24. 24. Some programs fostering “humanitarian” projects to motivate students </li></ul>Communications of the ACM Volume 52, Issue 8 August 2009
  25. 25. “ OLPC Development Class” <ul><li>Professor earned NYS provisional K-12 certification
  26. 26. Class works with local community and Sugar Labs’ “Math4 Team”
  27. 27. Introduces students to topics in child development, educational software development, lesson plan writing
  28. 28. Leads to Co-Ops to continue project development </li></ul>
  29. 29. More University Resources <ul><li>RIT Syllabus is available here as draft. Full curriculum will be available by 6/10
  30. 30. Access to numerous other professors and materials </li></ul>
  31. 31. What’s next? from
  32. 32. <ul><li>Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address]
  33. 33. [email_address]
  34. 34. [email_address] </li></ul>Hands-On RIT booth Monday 10am-5pm Tuesday 8:30am-Noon
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