All posts in 'FHSST'

My OER Journey, 11 Years & Counting

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 · Posted in FHSST, Personal, South Africa

Today marks 11 years, to the day, since we started the hair-brained scheme to collaboratively author, openly-licensed textbooks for South Africa under the banner of the Free High School Science Texts. This ultimately led to Siyavula Education‘s existence with a lot of help from the Shuttleworth Foundation and PSG Financial..
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FHSST goals satisfied.

Posted on July 21st, 2012 · Posted in FHSST, Siyavula

I thought the time had come to finally dust off my blog and get things ticking over again. The best way to start probably being to reflect briefly on the events that led me to be in my current “career”. Almost 10 years ago, 10th anniversary being 2nd August 2012,..
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Afrikaans Translation Hackathon

Posted on May 6th, 2011 · Posted in FHSST

I just wanted to quickly dump a few thoughts about a big event we’re about to run. I’ve been slipping behind in my blogging and thought I’d inflict a quick core dump on you. Tomorrow (7th May 2011) we are holding a translation hackathon at the University of Stellenbosch. The..
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FHSST Editing Sprint Review

Posted on October 13th, 2010 · Posted in FHSST

It came to pass recently that we (and by we I mean just short of 100 volunteers from all over the world!) edited the FHSST textbooks in the space of 9 days. In writing this blog post reviewing what happened and what comes next, I have realised that it was an incredibly stupid thing to even attempt (impossible actually) and I'm still amazed that we were able to successfully complete the task, all due to the generosity of volunteers.

FHSST v0.5 Books on

Posted on October 11th, 2010 · Posted in FHSST

Just a quick post to let people know that the FHSST v0.5 books are up on - this is primarily to support hackathons but will also be used to capture errata and suggestions.

Help FHSST from anywhere in the world

Posted on August 25th, 2010 · Posted in FHSST

We’re on a mission to get the FHSST books completely proof-read by next week. We were doing a lot manually which required people be in Cape Town if they wanted to help out but we’ve since uploaded the books to where anyone in the world can browse and annotate..
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Calling scientists and mathematicians!

Posted on August 24th, 2010 · Posted in FHSST

Our schools are struggling due to the nation wide strike. Learning needs to continue at the schools, many of whom are running on skeleton crews. A group of volunteers have authored a set of open source textbooks and resources that can to support learners and educators in this time. The..
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Crowdsourcing vs. Traditional Design: The Results

Posted on July 14th, 2010 · Posted in FHSST

A long time ago we set out to get two sets of textbook covers designed, one for Physical Science Gr 10-12 and one for Mathematics Gr 10-12. We used the opportunity to test crowdsourcing against traditional design. Here are the results of the two processes for you to compare.

FHSST site upgrade update

Posted on February 20th, 2010 · Posted in FHSST

First part of the site upgrade finished, the FHSST site now uses Drupal 6.

Crowdsourced covers are in.

Posted on December 9th, 2009 · Posted in FHSST

We had many submissions and there were some great ones but these were the most popular amongst members of the FHSST and OpenPress teams. I'll write up a more detailed follow-up post when we've got the maths ones in.