SP.772 Internet Technology in Local and Global Communities

Spring 2005 - Summer 2005

MIT students visits the University of Ghana.
MIT students standing at the entrance of the University of Ghana. (Image courtesy of Tamara Stern.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes and labs from both a Spring 2005 preparatory seminar and a Summer 2005 outreach program.

Course Description

This course is based on the work of the MIT-African Internet Technology Initiative (MIT-AITI). MIT-AITI is an innovative approach by MIT students to integrate computers and internet technology into the education of students in African schools. The program focuses upon programming principles, cutting-edge internet technology, free open-source systems, and even an entrepreneurship seminar to introduce students in Africa to the power of information technology in today's world.

MIT-AITI achieves this goal by sending MIT students to three African nations in order to teach both students and teachers through intensive classroom and lab sessions for six weeks. The AITI program is implemented with emphasis on classroom teaching, community-oriented projects, and independent learning.

This course has two major components:

  1. Content from a spring 2005 preparatory seminar offered by the MIT-AITI leadership. The goal of this seminar is to adequately prepare the AITI student teachers for their upcoming summer experiences in Africa.
  2. A snapshot of the summer 2005 MIT-AITI program. This includes the Java®-based curriculum that MIT-AITI ambassadors teach in Africa each year, as well as content from an entrepreneurship seminar offered concurrently with the IT class.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this Course: .rm, .java, .class, and .zip.

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Spring 2005 Instructors:
Mr. Manish Gaudi
Prof. Paul Gray

Summer 2005 Instructors:
Various MIT Students

Course Meeting Times

Spring 2005
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
3 hours / session

Summer 2005
Five sessions / week
2 hours / session

Five sessions / week
2 hours / session

Entrepreneurship Lectures:
Two sessions / week
2 hours / session