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Sugar Digest 2013-11-01

Sugar Digest 1. Congratulations and thank you to Daniel Narvaez, the Sugar release manager, and the Sugar developer team on the occasion of the release of Sugar 100. It is by far the best version of Sugar to date and it was developed using the most effective workflow we have yet to embrace as a […]

Sugar Digest 2013-10-22

Sugar Digest “Free software gives the license. Sugar provides the means.” 1. I’m back from a week in Paraguay and Uruguay to celebrate Turtle Art Days in Caacupé and Montevideo. Turtle Art Day Caacupé exceeded my expectations. 275 students, their parents, and 77 teachers joined educators and Sugar developers from eight countries throughout the Americas […]

Sugar Digest 2013-10-05

Sugar Digest 1. I mostly look forward rather than back, so it is not often that I think about my time at the MIT Media Lab. But I had three occasions to think about it in the past week. I joined Yumi Mori and Toshi Takasaki in Tokyo last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary […]

Sugar Digest 2013-09-16

Sugar Digest 1. The New York Times had an article about the tablet invasion, “No Child Left Untableted“, in this Sunday’s magazine section [1]. The author of the article was a skeptical of the approach taken by the Murdoch-backed Amplify tablet. I’ve not seen the Amplify tablet yet, so it is difficult to judge, but […]

Sugar Digest 2013-08-22

Sugar Digest “When I want to read a novel, I write one.” — Benjamin Disreali “An expert is a man who has stopped thinking because ‘he knows.” — Frank Lloyd Wright 1. Flavio Danesse made a post on the Sur list about his approach to teaching Python programming to children of age 12. He eschews the […]

Sugar Digest 2013-07-24

Sugar Digest Dr. Ambedkar believed that … to escape from oppression, they had to … ‘educate, agitate and organize’ their way to emancipation. –Ramachandra Guha 1. Just for fun, taking inspiration from a conversation with Manuel Quiñones, I added a new sample program to Turtle Art. The sensor-record.tb project lets the user draw a picture with the […]

Sugar Digest 2013-07-15

Sugar Digest It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies. They are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.–Jacob Bronowski 1. It has been a long while since my last post. Too much travel. I started writing this post sitting at the gate in Tel […]

Sugar Digest 2013-05-08

Sugar Digest 1. Sugar Labs has been given 8 slots for student interns for Google Summer of Code. This means we’ll be able to cover a lot ground this summer: we have some very strong proposals and a great mentoring team. The next step is for the mentors and the sugar-devel team to narrow the […]

Sugar Digest 2013-04-16

Sugar Digest 1. I have been on the road the past two weeks and consequently a bit behind in my communication. I don’t recall if I announced beyond the sugar-devel list that Sugar Labs was selected to participate in Google Summer of Code. We have a great collection of project ideas and students are starting […]

Sugar Digest 2013-03-30

Sugar Digest 1. Thanks to the input from many member of our devel community, we we able to finalize our application to Google Summer of Code. Our application is mirrored in the wiki (See Summer of Code/2013/Application). Our final list of project ideas and mentors is quite impressive in terms of scope and impact (Summer […]