Education talk 1c

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Sugarlabs: A word from the founder - Walter Bender

Walter Bender is technologist and researcher who has made important contributions in the field of electronic publishing, media, and technology for learning. Bender is on leave as a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab which he led as executive director between 2000 and 2006. More recently, Bender served as president of One Laptop per Child for Software and Content where he coordinated the development of software and content including the Sugar interface for the XO-1 Children's Machine computer.

Walter Bender took a leave of absence from the Media Lab to work at One Laptop per Child as president of that organisation for Software and Content. In this role, Bender oversaw and helped many of the most innovative aspects of OLPC's XO-1 including the Sugar graphical interface. After leaving OLPC in 2008, Bender founded Sugar Labs to continue development of Sugar.

(Thanks wikipedia authors for the bio)

Sugar is the learning platform used by OLPC. Sugar is the first serious attempt to create a user interface that is based on both cognitive and social Constructionism. With Sugar learners engage in authentic exploration and collaboration. Sugar is heavily influenced by the culture of open systems—open knowledge, open communication, and open tools—which has perhaps best manifested itself in the Free Software movement. With Sugar, control and knowledge creation are shifted to the end user, enabling new opportunities for content consumption and creation. Children—and their teachers—have the freedom to reshape and reinvent.

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how Sugar can be directly appropriated by the end user. Be prepared to do some basic Python programming.

Slides here

This talk is scheduled for education miniconf: Tuesday 19 January 2010