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From: Matteo Gamba
Subject: www/education edu-software-tuxpaint.html
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2011 15:00:13 +0000

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+<p class="edu-breadcrumb"><a href="education.html">Education</a> &rarr; 
+<a href="edu-resources.html">Educational Resources</a> &rarr; 
+<a href="edu-software.html">Educational Free Software</a>&rarr;
+<a href=" education/misc/tuxpaint-start.jpg">
+<img src=" education/misc/tuxpaint-start-sm.jpg" style="float: right" 
+width="300" height="233" alt="Screenshot of the TuxPaint interface."/></a>
+<p>TuxPaint is a cross-platform drawing program created specifically 
+for children. Little kids as young as 3 years old have no difficulty in 
+finding their way around its clear and intuitive interface which 
+features large buttons identified by a label as well as an icon so that
+the child can easily recognize them. At the center of the screen there
+is a white canvas for the child to draw making use of a wide variety of
+tools and paint brushes. As a start, the child can load outlined 
+pictures to be colored, as in a coloring-book.</p>
+<p>The program includes all of the most common drawing tools such as 
+lines and brushes for free-hand drawing and coloring, geometric shapes, 
+sizing, an eraser, the "Redo" and "Undo" options, plus sound that plays 
+while painting and a special tool called "Magic" for impressive effects: 
+rainbow, glitter, chalk, blur, flip, and more.</p>
+<p>Along with the Magic tool, the other popular feature among children 
+is "Stamp", which contains loads of pictures and clip art that can 
+be "stamped" on the canvas, such as plants and flowers, animals, holiday
+art, planets, and much more. Many of these stamps are provided with the
+program out of the box, and others are available as separate collections 
+to be installed. Many users contribute their own art work to be included
+as stamps in the program; here we are going to see an example of
+how this was done by a group of children from a school in India, thus
+putting into practice the software freedom that the program guarantees.</p> 
+<p>TuxPaint is available in more than 80 languages, including minority
+and right-to-left languages. Such a large number of languages is the
+result of contributions made by users from all over the world.</p>
+<p>To learn more: <a href="http://directory.fsf.org/project/TuxPaint/";>
+FSF Directory</a>, <a href="http://tuxpaint.org";>
+TuxPaint Official Website</a></p>                                              
+<h3>Who's Using It and How</h3>
+<div style="margin-right:20px; padding:15px; float: right;">
+<a href=" education/misc/tuxpaint-stamps.jpg">
+<img src=" education/misc/tuxpaint-stamps-sm.jpg" alt="Screenshot of 
+the TuxPaint interface in Malayalam with native flowers."/></a>
+<p>Comments by <a href="http://tuxpaint.org/comments/";>home users</a>
+and stories from <a href="http://tuxpaint.org/schools/";>schools</a>
+using TuxPaint are presented in the official website. There are reports 
+that the program is one of the most helpful tools for children to get
+acquainted with basic computer graphic skills while providing a highly
+attractive environment for them. However, the distinctive feature that 
+makes TuxPaint preferable to similar drawing software for kids is
+the fact that it is Free Software, meaning it comes with no restrictions 
+of any sort and the user is granted a series of freedoms. For example, 
+one of the freedoms is that the user is allowed to install the program 
+in as many work stations as needed, which is specially important for 
+<p>Another significant freedom that Free Software guarantees is the 
+freedom to modify the program so as to adapt it to the user's needs and 
+to redistribute copies of the modified version. It is thanks to this
+freedom that TuxPaint is available in so many languages, including
+those spoken by minority groups. In fact, translations into less widely
+spoken languages have been provided by the users themselves. This is so
+because most of the time, companies whose business consists of
+development of non-free software adopt policies on the basis of market
+size: if the market is not large enough to ensure profit, they are
+generally reluctant to invest on it.</p>
+<div style="width: 180px; float: right;">
+<a href=" education/misc/appooppanthaady.jpg">
+<img src=" education/misc/appooppanthaady-sm.jpg" 
+alt="Image of the Appooppan Thaady flower." /></a>
+<p><a href="education/misc/appooppanthady.ogg">Listen</a> to a student 
+pronounce the name of the Appooppan Thaady flower in Malayalam.</p>
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+<a href=" education/misc/anthoorium.jpg">
+<img src=" education/misc/anthoorium-sm.jpg" 
+alt="Image of the Anthoorium flower." /></a>
+<p><a href="education/misc/anthoorium.ogg">Listen</a> to a student 
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+</div> <!-- style -->
+<p>A good example of how software freedom can be applied in TuxPaint is
+the work done by 11 and 12 years old students from the
+<a href="/education/edu-cases-india-irimpanam.html">VHSS Irimpanam</a>
+school in the State of Kerala, in India. The work consisted in adding a
+series of stamps to the program, from photographs taken by the students 
+themselves. They took pictures of autochthonous flowers and processed 
+the digital images with the free libre GNU Image Manipulation Program
+<a href= "http://directory.fsf.org/project/gimp/";>GIMP</a>, adding also
+the name of each flower in English and in Malayalam, the local language.
+As TuxPaint has a sound function, students also recorded with their own
+voices the name of the flowers in Malayalam, so when one of these 
+flowers is chosen to be stamped onto the canvas, the user will see and 
+hear the name of the flower in Malayalam.</p>
+<p>An additional useful activity done by this school by applying the
+freedom to modify the program, was the translation of the TuxPaint
+interface into Malayalam, the language spoken in the state of Kerala.</p>
+<p>The freedom to modify the program is an important resource that was 
+used by the school to reach beyond the scope of teaching basic computer 
+graphical skills or entertaining children. It was used to show them 
+that information technology is not something to be subjected to, not 
+something that should be imposed upon the user, but an instrument to 
+serve users according to their requirements.</p> 
+<p>The freedom to install the program in all computers in the Lab was
+also important, since the school has limited economical resources to
+invest in licenses. By distributing copies of the original and modified
+version of the program to the students, the school provided
+assistance to families undergoing economic hardship.</p>
+<p>Adding stamps to TuxPaint was an exciting and enriching experience
+for the students. First, they analyzed how the program works and 
+discovered the mechanism that the program uses for the implementation 
+of stamps. Then they learned how this particular characteristic of the 
+program permitted the addition of stamps and how to do it. They also 
+acquired a deeper knowledge of GIMP during the manipulation of the 
+images. The whole process gave them an opportunity not only to develop
+new technical abilities, but also to identify and appreciate local 
+flora. Most importantly, they learned that anyone, even non programmers 
+or children, can actually influence and improve information 
+technology when software freedom is granted.</p>
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