[Squeakland] painting with Etoys

Karl Ramberg karlramberg at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 08:38:38 PST 2009

Rita Freudenberg wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm just reading a thread on the sugar labs mailing list about paint 
> programs on the XO. Caroline Meeks is requesting a tool like Kid Pix 
> or Tux Paint on the XO, based on her experiences on a Preschool in 
> Boston.
> That reminds me of a discussion about lowering the threshold into 
> Etoys by using it as a painting tool. I think, Yoshiki answered a 
> question about that. I'm not sure on which mailing list this 
> discussion took place. But nevertheless I think it is a very 
> interesting thought to have an Etoys version that maybe starts with 
> the paint tool open? I have seen children drawing happily with Etoys 
> and even remember Bert doing a nice project for our kids: he just put 
> a holder on the screen and prepared an animation script. The kids 
> could draw whatever they wanted and put their drawings in the holder, 
> thus changing the animation. They did that on my computer, but each of 
> them had it's own flap, where they stored their drawings. They did 
> that while I was away and showed it to me when I came back. It was so 
> lovely! (And I really liked to look in their flaps, seeing all the 
> objects floating around like the toys in their kid's room:)
> So what do you think about that? 

I think this is a great idea. Etoys can be a environment where kids make 
their own applications or activity as they are called on XO.
I have a partly working tool that can save pictures to the Journal. That 
way the rest of Etoys could be hidden so just the painting part
would be in focus.

This also reminds me, it would be nice to have a direct option in 
Holders to be a flap.


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