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It’s Going to Be a Great Summer

May 21st, 2008 By:bryan · No Comments

The office is getting crowded, really crowded. On Monday, we will have a total 21 people in the office full-time. That doesn’t count volunteers that come in and out of the office. What do we do w/ 21 whole people?

  •  6 full-time activity developers  + Ties
  • 1 full-time curriculum expert – the super-creative, super-wacky Kamana Regmi
  • 2 full-time graphic designers – who develop the graphics for E-Paath (formerly E-Paati)
  • Saurav, our education director
  • Rajeev, who handles government relations which is 2 full-time jobs
  • Upaya, who handles all things administration including finance (he’s the guy who keeps this place functioning :) )
  • Rabi our exec director
  • Dev, our network engineer
  • Sulochan, sysadmin and E-Pustakalaya (E-Library) developer
  • Me
  • Mahabir Pun, In charge of network infrastructure and community relations.

Then there is Christine, Punyasheel, and Bipul who help out w/ activity design and teacher training.

We still need to hire a full-time network engineer and a full-time power engineer. These guys will be focused on building the network and power systems we will need to expand olpc throughout Nepal.

Amazing that w/ all these folks we are all still working our butts and I often feel like I am way behind. Implementation is a big job.

Prasoon Karmacharya will be here for the next month full-time as a volunteer to help w/ testing and all things IT. Deepak Shrestha of Subisu has been incredibly helpful w/ all things networking.

Doug Mayeux joined us this summer as our summer intern. I am really impressed w/ him. Very energetic and intelligent. He will be doing several things. Primarily though, relaying our particular needs for content and activities to the larger olpc community and getting his hands on all documentation and materials related to using EToys in the classroom. We want to use the EToys environment in a granular fashion to introduce individual concepts from math and science. To do this we need all the lesson plans we can get. For example, you can use Etoys to model gravity but what if you have no idea what gravity is? We need a lesson plan that introduces the high level concept and then guides the kids into working w/ it themselves using Etoys.

David Van Assche will joing us some time in July for a period of at least five months. He’s a Moodle expert and will help us build a custom Moodle setup for Nepal. We will happily relay all work and lessons we gather to the larger olpc community.

Last but not least, Bernie Innocenti will be joining us here in Kathmandu for the summer. I am extraordinarily excited about this. We really can use his help to make our learning activities collaborative and his expertise to better understand Sugar. We also want him to interact w/ Nepali kids and teachers so that he can make Sugar better meet their needs.

that’s all for now, I have to go back to my day (writing) job for olpcnews.com

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