Sunday, October 5, 2003, over 300 teachers, students, researchers
and developers gathered in Kyoto to spend a day dedicated to talks
and sharing about Squeak, curriculum development, best practices
and new Squeak media. The day began with an inspirational talk by
Mr. Horiba, founder of a large software company, who believes firstly
that if there is no joy in work it is not worthwhile. He is another
believer of "hard fun"! Next Alan was introduced and welcomed
by Masao Terazawa, Chairman & CEO of Hewlett-Packard Japan.
Alan and Kim gave a talk and demo sharing the latest ideas and examples
of online collaborative learning environments. In the afternoon
two Japanese authors, Thoru Yamamoto and Ayami Saito shared their
newly published books on Squeak. Later Yamamoto, Saito and Rose
had a "book signing party" so the days' attendees might
get their books autographed by the authors.
L - Kyoto Conference Poster / R- Thoru Yamamoto signing his book,
"Play with Squeak!"
age 15, shown here busily at work on her laptop, shared her Etoy
about Japanese living and culture. This beautiful Etoy allows its
user to navigate an animated butterfly using a joystick. As the
butterfly is flown around the house it reveals hidden explanations
to parts of the house and the items within. "Visitors"
to the house can learn about ikebana (Japanese flower arranging)
the tokonoma (the recessed area which holds the scroll and flower
arragement), shoji screens and other items.