All posts in 'SF Fellow'

AMESA Congress 2010: Professional Development

Posted on April 6th, 2010 · Posted in SF Fellow

I was invited to participate on a panel at the AMESA Congress this year on a panel on professional development. Given the Siyavula roll-out plan, my time with the community facilitators, the research the Foundation did into teaching teachers and my time working on a big physics experiment I thought I could find something to contribute.

Follow Up on Mbilwi Secondary School

Posted on November 30th, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

Turns out Mbilwi Secondary School has been doing a great job for many years.

Communities of Practice

Posted on November 11th, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

Bullyboy Publishers?

Posted on October 26th, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

Quite frankly, my sympathy goes to the learners who have to share one book between four and cannot do their homework properly, while publishing house executives sit in plush offices dreaming up misleading copyright messages to intimidate teachers and learners.

Top Science School in SA

Posted on October 22nd, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

EVEN THE NUMBER 1 science school in South Africa will benefit from having access to FHSST, Siyavula and OpenPress.

Digital Textbook Initiative in California

Posted on October 13th, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

I was quite excited to see a press release from the Office of the Governor for the state of California: Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Furthering Digital Textbook Initiative. But then I noticed one of the components signed off: SB 48 by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) requires that any individual,..
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Open Assessment Bank Approval

Posted on October 13th, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

I will get the chance to build an open assessment bank. The community of teachers in SA is chomping at the bit for such a tool and I have had multiple requests for bank software that communities are already prepared to populate themselves. Providing the different groups with a single tool will allow them to feed off each others energy and allow us to begin with a bang. Working with existing communities also makes the tool much more sustainable.

I want to build an Open Assessment Bank

Posted on September 23rd, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

As part of my Fellowship at the Shuttleworth Foundation I have the opportunity to try things. I've got Siyavula, OpenPress and now I'm toying with adding an open assessment bank to the mix.

SASOL Inzalo Foundation

Posted on July 17th, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

The Inzalo Foundation is part of the R25.9B black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction approved by the shareholders. I found one SASOL media presentation explaining the scope of the transaction which has four major parts, one of which is the Inzalo Foundation. The Inzalo Foundation is funded by the dividends from a 1.5% share of SASOL (valued at R3.9B at the time of the media presentation).