[Newbies] Squeakfest Brasil report

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Mon Aug 3 11:10:23 UTC 2009

Forwarding a message from Marta, member of Squeakland's education  
team, who organized an awesome Squeakfest in Porto Alegre last week.

- Bert -


From: "Marta Voelcker" <marta at pensamentodigital.org.br>
Date: 3. August 2009 00:45:30 MESZ
To: <squeakland at squeakland.org>
Subject: [squeakland] Hello from Porto Alegre


I would like to thank the Etoys team that came to Porto Alegre and  
have joined us at Squeakfest Brasil and World Conference on Computers  
in Education www.wcee2009.org

 From July 23 to 25th we had around 300 people attending Sqeuakfest  
Brasil at UFRGS Porto Alegre.  The conference was held in an  
auditorium for 250 people and 3 rooms ( located near the auditorium)  
each room with 20 laptops each. Hands on workshops on these rooms were  
always crowded. Colleagues from our local  research group, Teachers  
from Uruguay, Kathleen Harness, Kathleen Smith and Avigail Snir ( from  
Etoys Illinois) and Randall Caton and children form Luciana de Abreu  
School, have conducted hands on workshops. One of the rooms had focus  
for developers ( since most attendees were educators), there Yoshiki,  
Scott Wallace, Alex Warth, Bert and Rita Freudenberg, plus Gonzalo  
Sabala ( Argentina) and Jecel ( Brasil) conducted activities for  
developers or activities related to robotics.

On the main room there was several kinds of presentations, from a PhD  
Thesis (Edson Lindner) to high school student sharing their experiences.
Local reports like Sdenka Salas Pilco from Peru, and many friends from  
Uruguay where great! Lea Fagundes pleased us with a great presentation  
“Why powerful ideas?” and ended the conference with many plans to  
disseminate the one to one modality among the more than 20  
municipalities attending the conference.

The Squeakfest had a great and  friendly atmosphere. This was the  
first time that I organized a conference like this, I could be  
nervous, but I had the constant feeling that I was among friends!
I look forward to lead the organization of  the second Squeakfest  
Brasil for July 2010!

 From July 27th to 31st I, Tim, Rita, Bert, Scott, Yoshiki, Alex  
Warth, Kathleen Harness, Kathleen Smith, Avigail Snir attended WCCE in  
Bento Gonçalves, a city near Porto Alegre. There, we have interacted  
with many other researchers and students working in different areas on  
ICT for Education. We  conducted a Workshop and a Panel about Squeak  

Well,  two weeks ago few people in Brasil new about squeak etoys.
Now we end the week with a new mailing list America-latina at squeakland.org 
  with more than 230 participants and many plans for this new local  
community, for that and for your friendship and support  I want to say  
thank you for all those that came to  Proto Alegre, and for those that  
couldn´t come, you can start planning for 2010 J, cause we are  
certainly going to   gather again!

Kind regards
  and a I wish you a great Squeakfest in Los Angeles,


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