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Siyavula’s Progress to Sustainability

Posted on June 27, 2011 · Posted in SF Fellow

It has been quite a year so far for Siyavula. My rate of blogging is inversely correlated with real work (queue DDoS attack by blogging world) so the lack of activity should have told you that something was afoot. The focus this Fellowship year is to make Siyavula sustainable by..
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Why should the best schools share?

Posted on June 5, 2011 · Posted in SF Fellow

We recently did a little travelling around South Africa (Durban/Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg) running events where we raise awareness of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, the shared resources that are available, the tools that can be used and the communities that develop and support them. We are often asked why..
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Afrikaans Translation Hackathon

Posted on May 6, 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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Big Ideas Fest 2010 videos available

Posted on April 2, 2011 · Posted in SF Fellow

In December last year I was lucky enough to be invited to the Big Ideas Festival, hosted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), as a rapid-fire speaker. The talks have been made available on YouTube so I thought that I’d point you to it..
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Expanding our team

Posted on March 1, 2011 · Posted in Siyavula

Siyavula is a Shuttleworth Foundation seeded project that supports and encourages communities of teachers to work together, openly share their teaching resources and benefit from the use of technology. We believe that it is through collaboration and the freedom to adapt and contextualise teaching material to suit their specific needs,..
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1000th User :)

Posted on February 24, 2011 · Posted in FullMarks

Today, I’m excited to say, we had our 1000th user sign up for FullMarks. There are still about 340 000 to go in South Africa but I’m still very excited about this milestone. We’re edging slowly towards that critical mass of users that start to interact with each other. I..
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Dear Helen Zille

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You're right, we agree completely. We have spent the last few years building exactly the solution you described.

Reflections on 2010

Posted on December 8, 2010 · Posted in SF Fellow

My blog has been very quiet for the last couple of months. It is not that I've not had anything to blog about but rather the contrary, I've just been too busy. I have spent some time creating two summaries of what I've been up to in 2010 so you can get a sense of the bigger picture. It also shows you what has happened in the last 2 months that I just haven't had time to blog about.

FullMarks: First Milestone

Posted on October 27, 2010 · Posted in FullMarks

Within a 12 hour period we passed both 500 users and 5000 items on FullMarks. I've compiled a map of traffic locations between the launch date of August 27th and today so you can see that we're getting uptake in place where we are not yet running any workshops. I'm excluding demo users and content in that count so it represents real usage.

FHSST Editing Sprint Review

Posted on October 13, 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.