North West Province – A pilot to test the workbooks

Posted on June 13, 2010 · Posted in Siyavula

On Wednesday and Thursday last week (9th and 10th June) we met with representatives of the North West Province to discuss what the next steps would be in our collaboration this year.

Helping Educators Share – 200+ Science Presentations

Posted on June 9, 2010 · Posted in Siyavula

We have just finished helping the HOD Science at Bishops Diocesan College, Keith Warne, put all of his 200+ powerpoint presentations for the teaching of Grade 8-12 Science online. They are all freely available to view, use, download and modify!

OpenPress Info Site

Posted on June 8, 2010 · Posted in OpenPress

We're back in the groove with OpenPress right now, working on the information website and printing some sample books. Read about the site and aggregation process in this post.

The DSTV Bouquets I Want

Posted on May 5, 2010 · Posted in Personal

Why do our pay TV providers provide so little real choice in their bouquets of channels. I'd like to see them take advantage of the fact that its all digital and that they could easily offer customers real options and I'm sure still make profit! Here is my suggestion for how they should structure the bouquets to be more dynamic and accommodating.

Connexions Authoring Performance

Posted on April 29, 2010 · Posted in Siyavula

I forecast a much more responsive authoring experience on Connexions in the near future, the results of a detailed performance analysis are in and some massive potential improvements have been identified. Now to turn my attention to getting them implemented!


Posted on April 24, 2010 · Posted in SF Fellow

I'm experimenting with video blogging, take a look.

North West Province Workshops 2, 3 and 4

Posted on April 12, 2010 · Posted in Siyavula

We have just completed a series of workshops for subject advisors in the North West Province. We ran 4 two-day workshops. Read about workshops 2, 3 and 4 here.

FullMarks Uploading Sprint

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On the 24th of March we held the first FullMarks event at the University of Cape Town. You can read more about our first uploading sprint in this post.

UNESCO Contextualisation Stories

Posted on April 9, 2010 · Posted in SF Fellow

UNESCO are seeing the real world application of one of the freedoms of open licensing. The freedom to adapt, enhance and contextualise is one of the primary benefits that we allude to when advocating the adoption of OERs.

AMESA Congress 2010: Professional Development

Posted on April 6, 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.