[etoys-dev] Squeakfests were incredible (see for yourself)

Timothy Falconer timothy at squeakland.org
Mon Aug 31 10:35:33 EDT 2009

You might try:

tue.2 - North Carolina - Christopher Gordon


wed.1 - USeIT - Sridhar Narayan

These are for middle school, but the results show a wide range in a  
larger school setting.

On Aug 20, 2009, at 9:31 PM, Caroline Meeks wrote:

> Wow tons there!  I'm implementing Sugar on a Stick in a K-5 school  
> in Boston. Is there any parts of these videos you especially  
> recommend to me to help me learn more about eToys?
> Thanks
> On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 9:18 AM, Timothy Falconer <timothy at squeakland.org 
> > wrote:
> As I write this, I'm flying home from Squeakfest USA.  Sitting here,  
> staring at my laptop, I'm completely unable to find appropriate  
> words to describe the magic and friendship of the last few weeks.   
> So many passionate talks, so many stirring examples, so many last  
> minute details and surprises.
> I'm tired.  That much is clear.  Blame it on three conferences in  
> four weeks and roughly fifteen thousand miles of travel in between.   
> Were it not for my many Squeaker traveling companions, I'd have  
> curled up to hibernate long ago.  Truly the best part of the last  
> month has been the company I've kept: Rita, Yoshiki, Marta, Kim,  
> Scott, Alex, Bert, Ted, Bill, Randy, both Kathleens, Avigail, and  
> Milan. Sharing the adventure with people of such talent and humor  
> has truly been an embarrassment of riches.
> As for the presentations, workshops, and hallway talks, there's just  
> too much to say.  With dozens of sessions between the two  
> Squeakfests, my mind's a blur with memories of enthusiasm and  
> insight, along with strengthened motivation to support and expand  
> our vibrant Etoys community.
> Rather than summarize my recollections, I'll instead point you to  
> the video on the Squeakland website (http://squeakland.org/resources/audioVisual/#cat865 
> ).  Scroll down to Squeakfest Brasil and Squeakfest USA.  We managed  
> to capture nearly all of Squeakfest USA on our live webcast feed,  
> though we lost the first half of the presentation from South Korea.   
> Also, the final roundtable wasn't posted at the request of one of  
> the participants. My apologies for the audio problems on the first  
> morning.  If you start at the beginning, know that the sound does  
> get better.  Also, if the video screen is at times too hard to read,  
> the blame rests with the web stream, which reduced quality to  
> improve bandwidth.  We will be posting better video from both events  
> in the future, particularly of the children's workshop, so stay tuned.
> I'd like to give a special thanks to Rita Freudenberg, our education  
> director, who earned the "most traveled" award for her trips from  
> Germany to both Brazil and Los Angeles.  When you total her air  
> distance, she flew more than 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles), which  
> means she effectively circled the globe for Squeakland in the last  
> month.  Her insight, passion, and hard work in the last eight months  
> were instrumental in both Squeakfests.  As with her husband Bert,  
> her continuing efforts on behalf of the Etoys community are  
> unparalleled.  Also a big thanks to Marta, Bruno, Kim, and Kathryn  
> for tending to the many details of both conferences.  Your hard work  
> really showed.   Most of all, I'd like to thank everyone at  
> Viewpoints Research Institute for their time and talent in the last  
> year.  Your guidance has greatly helped Squeakland Foundation as we  
> take and carry the Etoys torch into the future.
> Take care,
> Timothy
> Videos of both Squeakfests:
> http://squeakland.org/resources/audioVisual/#cat865
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