[Olpc-open] ENC: Development of applications for children

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[Olpc-open] ENC: Development of applications for children

Postby Manuel Strehl » Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:44 pm

Hi again,

thanks for the replies!

Have you been to http://www.vpri.org
It is the website from the View Points Research Institute, from Alan Kay.

No, not yet, indeed. It looks good, thank you for the pointer!

Have you checked out the Human Interface Guide page?

Yes, I did. It was actually one of the links I mentioned.

At our seminar we had lots of guidelines on how to develop for older people (big font, high contrast, no fast movements, explain GUI elements, ...) and methods on how to create software that is useful for the elder (take a look at the UTOPIA project, <http://www.computing.dundee.ac.uk/projects/utopia/>). I'm missing something similar for childrens' software in general and especially (because that's OLPC's main target group) at the publications I found related to OLPC.

Best regards
Manuel

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[Olpc-open] ENC: Development of applications for children

Postby Bert Freudenberg » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:52 am

On Jan 9, 2008, at 20:44 , Manuel Strehl wrote:

Hi again,

thanks for the replies!

Have you been to http://www.vpri.org
It is the website from the View Points Research Institute, from
Alan Kay.

No, not yet, indeed. It looks good, thank you for the pointer!

More on Alan Kay's work with children can be found at

http://squeakland.org/school/HTML/essays/essays.html

The Etoys activity on the XO is developed by VPRI:

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Etoys

Have you checked out the Human Interface Guide page?

Yes, I did. It was actually one of the links I mentioned.

At our seminar we had lots of guidelines on how to develop for
older people (big font, high contrast, no fast movements, explain
GUI elements, ...) and methods on how to create software that is
useful for the elder (take a look at the UTOPIA project, <http://
http://www.computing.dundee.ac.uk/projects/utopia/>). I'm missing
something similar for childrens' software in general and especially
(because that's OLPC's main target group) at the publications I
found related to OLPC.

OLPC's idea of a children's laptop can be traced directly back to the
"Dynabook" as sketched in 1972:

http://www.mprove.de/diplom/gui/Kay72a.pdf

http://www.newmediareader.com/book_samp ... 26-kay.pdf

A dissertation on that topic was finished in 2004, a tiny bit too
early for mentioning OLPC unfortunately, but a definite must-read:

http://thinkubator.ccsp.sfu.ca/Dynabook/

- Bert -


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[Olpc-open] ENC: Development of applications for children

Postby Manuel Strehl » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:01 am

Hi again,

thanks for all the replies and pointers! I took last week to inform myself about the Dynabook concept and EToys (including making my VirtualBox busy with a Sugar image).

Yes, it is hot stuff! I'll definitively keep an eye on the future development.

Best regards
Manuel
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