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I got to try out the netbook and Sugar on a Stick this weekend. Here are some of my initial reactions…
: Ava (my four year old daughter) and I had some fun going through some of the activities. We started in Speak (the “funny robot”), and moved into Recording Activity, Maze, and Physics. I “interviewed” Ava with the Recording Activity and asked her if she liked this computer. She said “Yeah!” and noted how she liked to play the games.
I, too, had a lot of fun watching her experience these activities. She wanted to use the paint feature in Etoys, as she has used that before, but the computer was slowing down (and it was also time for her to go to bed).
: Getting onto my wireless was as easy as entering the password. Browse conjured up a few annoyances for me as a more experienced surfer, I suppose, due to the lack of tabs and nuanced shortcut keys. Yet, I bet if I keep fooling around I wonder if there are some cool features to use Browse with the Journal and/or Write activity.
Overall, I want more Sugar on a Stick, and I’d like to see my daughter do some more work in it too. Kevin and I will be going to Madison on Tuesday afternoon. We’ll be using Sugar on a Stick w/ the teams new netbooks, so it should prove interesting to see another spark of use from the students. Now, it’s time to start thinking about some activities!
More to come…