Google Code-in 2014 Tasks

Reviewing an activity from Sugar Labs – Story Activity

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Sugar has a wide variety of activities that suit children, and these activities can be published by anyone in the community. Today, I am going to review one of Sugar’s activities – Story Activity. Before I start with my review, let me share with all of you what Story Activity is about.

About Story

Story Activity uses images to prompt the young learner to tell a story. Here’s a screenshot to make it clearer:

Can a picture indeed paint a thousand words?

As you can see, there are 9 images loaded. The young learner has to invent a story based on these images; he or she has to try to tell a story that ties the images together into a comprehensive narrative. For example, I may begin the story like this: A lock is needed to open a tent. There is a strong wind blowing currently, and the palm tree outside the tent is almost uprooted.

Stories could start like that, but more details could be included in the story and the story could make more sense.

Using Story

The toolbar in Story

The first icon, the one in blue and has a question mark opens the standard Sugar activity toolbar.

The second icon, which reminds you of a refresh button in a browser, loads nine new images.

The third icon, with an eye on it, saves an image to the Journal.

The fourth icon, which looks like a disc, records what you are saying for your story.

The fifth icon, which is similar to a “play” button, plays your audio recording.

The last button, which looks like an ancient coin, is used to exit Story.

Now it’s time to start my review of Story.

What I like about Story

A written version of your child’s story

What I dislike about Story

Projects I can complete with Story

Honestly speaking, there are not much projects I can complete with Story given my age (13 years old). Only two ideas come to my mind. The first one is that I can narrate a story and share it with my friends, and my friends will have to continue the story (say like a sequel) with their given set of images. Then they share it with their other friends and so on. One person can only narrate one story.

The second idea is that I could inform young children in my neighborhood about Story and encourage them to download it. These young children are Story’s main target audience, and I think they will enjoy Story a lot as they can share their own narrated stories with their friends.

Bugs in Story

After navigating through Story for a while, I found out that I could not spot any bugs nor lags.

Final Verdict

Excellent. I strongly recommend anyone, regardless of their age, to give Story a try. Story boasts many features and the minor problems I pointed out can definitely be fixed. Moreover, since Christmas is round the corner, perhaps you could ask your entire family to download Story and the adults can help their children become better story tellers. In the 21st century of today, public speaking skills are a must and perhaps you can hone these skills by practising with Story. You can also make your imagination more fertile with Story. What are you waiting for, go download Story now at http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/ !


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