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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 ClassroomSugar in the Classroom Gerald ArditoGerald Ardito Stephen JacobsStephen Jacobs Caroline MeeksCaroline Meeks NYSCATE 2009NYSCATE 2009
  2. 2. What is Sugar?What is Sugar? From:From: ““Sugar is the coreSugar is the core component of a worldwidecomponent of a worldwide effort to provide every childeffort to provide every child with equal opportunity for awith equal opportunity for a quality education.quality education. Available in 25 languages,Available in 25 languages, Sugar’s Activities are usedSugar’s Activities are used every school day by one-every school day by one- million children in more thanmillion children in more than forty countries.forty countries. Originally developed for theOriginally developed for the One Laptop per Child XO-1One Laptop per Child XO-1 netbook, Sugar runs onnetbook, Sugar runs on most computers. Sugar ismost computers. Sugar is free/libre and open-sourcefree/libre and open-source software.”software.” FromFrom http://www.sugarlabs.org
  3. 3. free/libre and open-sourcefree/libre and open-source softwaresoftware?? Developed by anDeveloped by an open collaborativeopen collaborative community, just ascommunity, just as Sugar supportsSugar supports collaborativecollaborative learninglearning Each user has theEach user has the right to modify andright to modify and improve.improve. Think of “FreeThink of “Free Speech,” not “FreeSpeech,” not “Free Beer.”Beer.” Richard Stallman, founderRichard Stallman, founder of the Free Software movementof the Free Software movement From:From: From:From:
  4. 4. A Tale of Two CitiesA Tale of Two Cities fromfrom .jpg.jpg BostonBostonCroton on HudsonCroton on Hudson fromfrom
  5. 5. A Tale of TwoA Tale of Two StrategiesStrategies fromfrom http:/wiki.sugarlabs.orghttp:/ BostonBostonCroton on HudsonCroton on Hudson fromfrom
  6. 6. What’s the difference?What’s the difference? Children adopt theChildren adopt the technology immediatelytechnology immediately More like iPod/cellMore like iPod/cell phone than computerphone than computer very little fear of doingvery little fear of doing something wrong orsomething wrong or breaking something.breaking something. Ad hocAd hoc networking/collaboratingnetworking/collaborating Low floor/no ceilingLow floor/no ceiling
  7. 7. How is it working?How is it working? Student Tech TeamsStudent Tech Teams Working with teachersWorking with teachers Working with studentsWorking with students
  8. 8. Some great learningSome great learning experiencesexperiences New YorkNew YorkBostonBoston
  9. 9. Lessons learned so farLessons learned so far The direction ofThe direction of learning has changedlearning has changed from a straight line to afrom a straight line to a ripple.ripple.
  10. 10. Lessons learned so farLessons learned so far Making stuff is wayMaking stuff is way more powerful thanmore powerful than just receiving stuff.just receiving stuff.
  11. 11. Lessons learned so farLessons learned so far The classroomThe classroom ecology is changingecology is changing Everyone is aEveryone is a teacher, everyone isteacher, everyone is a learner.a learner.
  12. 12. ChallengesChallenges Technical ChallengesTechnical Challenges The basics: imagingThe basics: imaging machines, burning discsmachines, burning discs Wireless connectivityWireless connectivity School vs. homeSchool vs. home fromfrom
  13. 13. ChallengesChallenges fromfrom PedagogicalPedagogical ChallengesChallenges Incorporating Sugar’sIncorporating Sugar’s tools into existingtools into existing curriculacurricula Time for student andTime for student and teacher professionalteacher professional development.development.
  14. 14. One Answer,One Answer, Universities!Universities! Partner withPartner with studentstudent programmersprogrammers and theirand their professorsprofessors Some programsSome programs fosteringfostering “humanitarian”“humanitarian” projects toprojects to motivatemotivate studentsstudents Communications of the ACMCommunications of the ACM Volume 52, Issue 8 August 2009Volume 52, Issue 8 August 2009
  15. 15. ““OLPC DevelopmentOLPC Development Class”Class” Professor earned NYSProfessor earned NYS provisional K-12provisional K-12 certificationcertification Class works with localClass works with local community and Sugarcommunity and Sugar Labs’Labs’ “Math4 Team”“Math4 Team” Introduces students toIntroduces students to topics in childtopics in child development, educationaldevelopment, educational software development,software development, lesson plan writinglesson plan writing Leads to Co-Ops toLeads to Co-Ops to continue projectcontinue project developmentdevelopment
  16. 16. More UniversityMore University ResourcesResources RIT Syllabus isRIT Syllabus is available hereavailable here as draft. Fullas draft. Full curriculum willcurriculum will be available bybe available by 6/106/10 Access toAccess to numerousnumerous otherother professors andprofessors and materialsmaterials
  17. 17. What’s next?What’s next? fromfrom
  18. 18. • ContactsContacts • • • Hands-OnHands-On RIT boothRIT booth Monday 10am-5pmMonday 10am-5pm Tuesday 8:30am-NoonTuesday 8:30am-Noon