What time is it?

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What time is it?

Postby genepi » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:01 pm


As there was no clock activity for kids to learn how to read the time, I wrote a simple clock:


You can download it from the Clock activity page http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Clock_activity on the Wiki.
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Re: What time is it?

Postby KayTi » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:40 am

That is really cool! Have you seen the work the students from the Illinois Math and Science Academy are doing? They're a high school and have the distinction of being the only high school OLPC chapter right now. They have a number of neat project ideas, but one of them is a time activity - http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Time I know the students are just learning pippy and could use some mentoring on writing the code, if you have any time or things to share with them, I'm sure they would be greatful.
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Re: What time is it?

Postby genepi » Tue Feb 05, 2008 12:20 am

Hi KayTi,

I don't know if I would be a good tutor as this Clock activity is my first completed Python application (others still have bugs, and I'm struggling with Sugar, pygtk and the like...). But the whole code for the Clock activity is available in the bundle and the students can use it as they want.

Note: The file bundle which was on the Wiki yesterday could not be run from the journal as the MANIFEST file was corrupted. This has been corrected today with that file http://wiki.laptop.org/images/d/db/Clock-1.xo.
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Re: What time is it?

Postby shaolinpunks » Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:47 am

thanks genepi
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Re: What time is it?

Postby patriotm » Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:44 pm

My Daughter and I simply create a project in etoys, added a clock object from the library, enlarged it and we had a clock that she could play around with in etoys to learn time and possibly program.
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What time is it? Take 2

Postby genepi » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:39 pm


I've updated the Clock activity to add the following new features:
  • A digital clock view
  • Hours, minutes and seconds are now color coded in all clock views to help kids learning how to read time.
  • A better localization system with Pango. Translators can now select the best fonts or time/date format. Translations are welcome!
  • I hope not too many bugs added!
Now you just have to find a way to fix your XO to your wrist to wear the greener watch in the World!

The activity bundle Clock-2.xo can be found in the activity page: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Clock_activity
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Re: What time is it?

Postby kentsin » Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:47 am

It may be a waist of screen estate, but I hope Sugar contain a status bar, which showing a digital clock or a count-down timer, togeth there will be many useful informations like : being call for chat, set a flag to get attentation from the teacher, incoming messages, etc..

Scim need a place on the screen also.

A global running task list allow fast switch may also good. Sugar break away from the tradition too abructly, should balance.
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