iSTEP Tanzania

Less sleeping, more reflection

Posted on: July 24, 2009

Everybody on the team is quickly getting short on sleep. I have found myself working in the AM on more than one occasion and I have caught a couple of the team in Tanzania in what should be early morning time as well. There’s only one week left and everyone is clearly feeling it.

So what’s left to accomplish? We’ve discussed on the blog a lot of work that’s been done and I hope by now you’ve got a good impression on the three projects. A lot of the late nights have involved putting in as much extra functionality as possible so that when we leave it’ll be in a state such that people on the ground will be able to utilize the technology that we’ve been developing for some time. While we’ve spent a lot of time developing recently, slowly we’re starting to shift into a more presentation oriented outlook. Everybody is discussing and developing reports and slides so that we can present to the UCC and students back home in order to show off the work we did and how it’s useful. It’s a nice time to reflect on where we’ve been.

In developing my portions I was able to go back and look at the first reports we did before the team left. It was interesting to revisit the places where we started. Granted a lot of that information continued to be relevant throughout the duration of the project but looking back and remembering some of the research we did, attempting to find relevant work from which we could draw inspiration. CMU HealthLine, Project LISTEN, Project Kané, and countless others. From all of these projects we were able to draw inspiration and learn something new. It’s unlikely we’ll make as much of an impact as things such as Project LISTEN which for over a decade has been improving the way children learn to read, but we hope that when we leave we’ll be able to tell our experiences such that other people will be able to benefit as much as we have benefited from those before us.

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