* After learning this lesson, the students will be able to
* know how to draw a picture through the software Tux Paint
* explore their creative thinking
* learn arithmetic calculations through the software Tux Math
In this chapter, the students will learn to use the software Tux Paint and Tux Math.
What is Tux Paint?
Tux Paint is a free drawing program designed for young children. It has a simple, easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot which helps to guide children as they use the program.
Choose a Tool from the options on the left side of the screen. Then, make choices from the right side of the screen. Directions are provided at the bottom of the screen.
When Tux Paint first loads, a title/credits screen will appear.
Once loading is complete, press a key or click on the mouse to continue. (Or, after about 30 seconds, the title screen will go away automatically.)
The main screen is divided into following sections:
Left Side: Toolbar
This toolbar has the control options to draw and to edit images.
Middle: Drawing Canvas
This is the largest part of the screen dedicated to draw and edit images.
Right Side: Selector
When a tool is selected from the left side tool bar, the right side bar will display the options associated with the specific tool. (E.g.- When the line tool is selected, the right side bar shows the various lines available. When the shape tool is selected, different shape options can be seen on the right side.)
A palette of available colors are shown near the bottom of the screen.
Bottom: Help Area
At the very bottom of the screen, Tux, the Linux Penguin, provides tips and other information while you draw.
The Paint Brush tool lets you draw freehand, using
various brushes (chosen in the Selector on the right) and colors.
The Stamp tool is like a set of rubber stamps or stickers (images).
Use the Left and Right arrows to cycle through the collections.
This tool is used to draw Lines.
This tool is lets you draw some simple filled, and un-filled shapes.
This tool is used to type texts.
Magic tool is a set of special tools, selecting one of the ‘magic’ effects from the selector situated in the right side. This tool provides countless number of special visual effects if it is used in various combination with other tools. This tool can be used either by clicking or by dragging the effect directly on to the image to apply it.
This tool is appears similar to the Paint Brush, but it is used to erase the picture.
This tool is used to cancel a command given earlier.
This tool is used to reverse the action of Undo.
Clicking the "New" button will start a new drawing.
This tool is used to open are existing file.
This tool is used to save your current picture.
This tool is used to print your current picture.
This tool is used to close Tux Paint window.
Tool Name : Keyboard Shortcut Key
New : Ctrl+N
Open : Ctrl+O
Save : Ctrl + S
Print : Ctrl+P
Quit : Esc
Undo : Ctrl + Z
Redo : Ctrl+Y
Tux Math is an open source arcade – style video game for learning arithmetic. The main goal is to make learning effective and fun.
Math Command Training Academy: choose this to go to a list of over fifty prepared lessons, starting with simple typing of single digit numbers, and progressing to multiplication and division involving negatives and "missing number" questions (e.g. "-17 x ? 119"). The player wins if the question list is completed successfully. Successfully completed lessons are indicated with a flashing gold star.
Play Arcade Game: This option can be used to select and play one of the four open-ended “arcade style” games, meaning the game gets faster and faster as long as the player can keep up, with the goal to get the highest score possible.
The options include:
* Space Cadet - simple addition.
* Scout - addition and subtraction to ten.
* Ranger - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to ten.
* Ace - all four operations with operands to 20, including negative numbers and "missing number" type questions.
Play Custom Game: This option can be used to play a game based on the config file in the player’s home directory.
More Options - These options have "Demo" mode as well as credits and project information.
* Use the [UP] and [DOWN] arrow keys to select what you wish to do, and then press [ENTER / RETURN / SPACEBAR]. Or, use the mouse to click the menu item.
* Pressing [ESCAPE] will quit the program.