All posts tagged 'South Africa'

South Africa needs an open-access education journal

Posted on August 6th, 2014 · Posted in Siyavula, South Africa

I’m generally a big fan of the Open Access movement. I really feel like we’re all just different manifestations of a global movement toward greater openness, transparency and community that is sweeping the world. The transformation is far from complete but there is a lot happening, some of my favourite..
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CAPS Commentary (Another use of a.nnotate.com)

Posted on September 8th, 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 a.nnotate.com 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.

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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The DSTV Bouquets I Want

Posted on May 5th, 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.

Siyavula as a Framework

Posted on December 1st, 2009 · Posted in Siyavula

Siyavula intends to create a framework that supports the education system. The framework needs to accept the curriculum, allow swap-and-share groups the ability to share resources and have the discussions they need, allow users like Curriculum Advisors to vet resources and ensure that the isolated teachers can get access to the resources.

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.

Open Assessment Bank: FullMarks well underway

Posted on November 3rd, 2009 · Posted in FullMarks

I'm charging on ahead with development of the open assessment bank. We will be calling it FullMarks and the most important feature will be that teachers can actively participate.

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.

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.