Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Weekend

I saw a microwave the other day. I stopped, stared at it for awhile, and didn't know what to think. My first week back in the US is going to be weird.

It's the weekend, so I'm planning my return and reconnecting with other projects. I have a few places to go the day that I'm in Kampala. Then by the time I get home, there will be a week's worth of data collected in Dhaka, Bangladesh and a page on the cs.cmu.edu site for me to map it. I'll hopefully be starting a project closer to home, profiling towns near Pittsburgh applying for the EPA SuperFund. The Boston laptop team wants to go to New Orleans. And by October I need to be ready for a mock disaster in San Diego and the Crisis Mapping Conference in Boston.

I also have a bit of a todo list built up from all of the other days. I need to complete my first WikiPack - a list of updated and useful articles from Simple English Wikipedia - with a few articles connected to the school's library books and some technologies. I've set it up so we can add 4 more WikiPacks and the Wikipedia activity will search and connect to all of them. Also we've been working on a Book Report activity which I ought to test with one of the reading groups before going home. And I should have lesson plans written out for everything.

I'm a bit stressed about finishing all of this in time, but as long as one class does it, the teachers will be able to continue it.

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