I interviewed 3 teachers, all of whom had 10 or nearly that many years of experience teaching, and who also had some experience teaching low-level students. What I wanted to learn from their perspective was how they incorporated digital media in their classes and if they could guess the overall digital IQ of their students. Here's what they reported:
It was really difficult to communicate with the students with this level of English, so I opted to talk to them together in a group setting and only asked them very basic questions. I started by asking them what kind of phone they used. They all showed me they used an iPhone. Then I asked them to tell me if they had any apps they used on their phone to help them with their English. All of them showed me more than one app they used to help them with their English.
Language barrier - The user interviews with the students were very limiting because of the language barrier. I was only able to get a very small sample of students, and I couldn't ask very in-depth questions. I plan on conducting more accurate user testing sessions in the second round of revisions.
Digging a bit deeper - I think I could have dug a bit deeper during the research phase, specifically on the existing English language materials. Education is a big market and during the research I felt somewhat overwhelmed. Still, I think I could have looked a little deeper to see what else is out there.
Going from analog to digital - Since this was third case study and my first product created from scratch, I learned a whole lot! The biggest challenge was turning something analog that into a digital format, and then building the whole thing.