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.

FHSST v0.5 Books on

Posted on October 11, 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.

Parklands Apple One2One Programme Obscures Real Technology Message

Posted on September 26, 2010 · Posted in SF Fellow

Today I attended the opening day of the Innovate 2010 Schools ICT Conference held at The Cape Academy for Mathematics, Science and Technology in Cape Town. I saw a talk that made me rejoice and despair; laugh and cry and pull my hair out, all at the same time. The..
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CAPS Commentary (Another use of

Posted on September 8, 2010 · Posted in SF Fellow

I have uploaded a bunch of the South African National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (Mathematics (All phases), Maths Literacy, Life Sciences and Physical Science) to for the education community to comment on. I definitely feel that this is open, collaborative and focused on school, and I am the Open and Collaborative Resources Fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation after all and it should be quite a lot of fun if people get involved.

Help FHSST from anywhere in the world

Posted on August 25, 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 24, 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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AMESA KZN Workshop: 20 – 21 August 2010

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Aim of workshop: to train teachers on how to use the FullMarks website, and to upload as much AMESA maths content as possible during the two day period.

Internet Service Providers – Advice??

Posted on July 15, 2010 · Posted in SF Fellow

We keep getting asked which internet deals are the best by workshop participants and so we've promised to write something down to help them get started when hunting for the best deal. Here it is.

Crowdsourcing vs. Traditional Design: The Results

Posted on July 14, 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.

FullMarks Walk-through Tutorial

Posted on June 20, 2010 · Posted in FullMarks

I've just completed an updated, and hopefully, improved presentation on the functionality of the FullMarks website. It takes the form of a walk-through tutorial demonstrating how simple the site is to use.