Sugar 0.84 Released

In February we ran an extensive interview with Walter Bender, the founder of Newton, MA-based Sugar Labs, about the latest version of Sugar, the education-oriented operating environment originally designed for the One Laptop Per Child Foundation’s XO Laptop. Today Sugar Labs announced that the new “0.84” version of the free software, which includes a number of improvements designed to make classroom work easier, is available for download on its website, “We’re excited about this release, which runs on more PCs than before and has great new Activities for kids to explore together such as a Mindmap Activity, a critical-thinking tool used to create diagrams representing words and ideas around a central keyword, and a Portfolio Activity, an assessment tool that makes it even simpler for teachers and parents to review a child’s progress,” Bender said in today’s announcement. A version of Sugar that comes installed on a USB memory stick, allowing it to run on almost any computer, is still in the works.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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