From: Ben Armstrong <synrg@sa...> - 2006-04-07 10:53:27
Tuxpaint was mentioned in a recent discussion about email clients for
kids. I don't know if any of the rest of you are on
schoolforge-discuss, so I thought I'd forward this for your
consideration, as I know we've kicked around the idea as a possible
tux4kids project before.
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> Subject: Re: [school-discuss] email client for children?
> Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2006 08:20:49 +0200
> Am Fri, 7. April 2006 06:15 schrieb Jeremy C. Reed:
> > Any suggestions for an email client for young children (like ages 5 to
> > 10)?
> > My wish list:
> > - huge icons
> > - very little features
> > - very few menus
> > - very few choices
> > - looks interesting and fun (to a five-year-old)
> > - can render HTML
> > - POP3 and local mailboxes and maybe IMAP
> > - not too many dependencies
> > I have tested and tried many email clients and kmail is probably the
> > closest to ease-of-use for kids, but maybe too many dependencies for me.
> > gtkmail or sylpheed or lighter.
> > sylpheed has a very active development. Maybe a front-end it for it that
> > is friendly for children would be a possibility.
> May be balsa will be interesting.
> It has less 'features' than kmail, 'featurres' in the meaning of confusing
> But there are projects which might be interested in adding a email module.
> - tuxpaint
> Most younger children I saw are very impressed of tuxpaint.
> It is interesting in my eyes because most kids who can't read or write yet
> like to share drawings and pictures in real life.
> Tuxpaint comes along with a configuration module (tuxpaint-config) which
> allows to add additional stuff.
> May be that will be a point to hook an 'add-module' tab which will offer addon
> plugins as email and others.
> It also might be discussed if it is of interest to have some kind of voice
> module (using high compression audio algorithms to reduce bandwith) as email
> attachments. (What might be seen as a step towards using other
> applications/techniques like ekiga, aka gnomemeeting, or xchat.)
> - gcompris
> Designed as a trainig tool for young kids it might be of interest to the
> gcompris developer to add an email module.
> In the moment I would vote for a web based email application as Miles Berry
> did. They are, in most cases, highly configurable to fit users needs in
> functionality and look and feel.
> Plus it has the benefit that using a web browser is one of the first
> applications younger children tend to use.