Great things are happening in digital education in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. It is also interesting to learn about things that are being done elsewhere in the world. Today is news from Sugar and the Goole Code-in contest!
Sugar is free user interface software (a kind of operating system like Windows and OS X are) used in many countries participating in the program. One Laptop Per Child. It is aimed, more broadly, at all children who discover the 21e digital century. In Uruguay, it is used in all schools. In Peru, it also integrates the national school curriculum. Closer to us, a retired Quebec educational advisor and his wife, Guy Bergeron and Louise Le Bourdais, use it daily with students from a school in Mexico whom they are helping to enter the digital age (Infobourg has already published a series of articles on this subject).
Gerald Ardito, from Sugar Labs (the non-profit educational organization that supports the development of Sugar) and a high school computer science teacher in Westchester, New York, uses Sugar in a variety of educational settings. “Watching students literally take charge of their own learning through Sugar is a unique experience,” he explains. “I have watched many times over the past few years how they move from being consumers of digital media to being producers. "
On February 6, the organization underlined the Digital Learning Day in the company of two of the laureates of Google Code-In 2012, Agustin Zubiaga Sanchez and Aneesh Dogra. Google Code-in is Google's annual program for high school students, ages 13 to 17, that allows them to help improve software open source by performing tasks related to writing or rewriting code, creating documentation, training, quality assurance, user interface, etc. In 2012, more than 50 participants representing 14 countries chose to help improve Sugar within this framework.
Agustin is 15 years old. He lives in a village in Uruguay and has just graduated from the Rafael Perazza Center of the Universidad del Trabajo del Uruguay (UTU). Sugar user for several years, his teacher at the computer club encouraged him to learn the Python programming language used by Sugar. One of his projects was to add background images to Sugar's homepage. “It was thanks to Sugar that I started programming. Today, I am very happy to be one of its developers. "
Aneesh, also a 2012 Google Code-in winner, is 17 and lives in Punjab, India. He participated in the update of several Sugar apps aimed at children and contributed to the writing of the e-book Make Your Own Sugar Activities! (Do your own Sugar activities). After winning various prizes, including the programming competition Raspberry Pi Summer Coding Contest last year, he is interested in audiovisual applications and computer security. Aneesh publishes his blog, where he presents his projects and activities.
“Choosing the winners was no easy task,” says Chris Leonard, Sugar Labs correspondent with Google Code-in. “Aneesh has had a prolific business, with over 40 tasks under his belt, and Agustin has made major improvements to the Sugar platform. All of our participants have learned a lot over the past three months. Remarkably, one of the participants, Daniel Francis from Uruguay, had to withdraw from the competition after being appointed to the Sugar Labs Oversight Board during the course of the competition. Important detail: he has just turned 15! "
Source: Sugar Labs press release