Mathematics & Science Websites and Resources

MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE STRATEGY

The Mathematics and Science Strategy will be implemented over the next few years.  The resources and links below have been provided to us by Siyavula. We thank them for that.  There are also some very interesting websites. 

Please note the following information from Al Jazeera blog

Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst, started the non-profit Khan Academy in 2006 as a way to bring free, online education to students and educators all over the world. He got the idea after using his webcam and basic software to tutor his younger cousin in maths.

Since then, Khan Academy’s 2,700 educational videos have received more than 98 million total views via YouTube. Khan has made most of the brief videos himself, though the organisation recently partnered with other educators to broaden coursework beyond maths and science. Lessons have also been translated into a number of languages including Spanish, Chinese and Urdu.

Through Khan’s website, students watch the lecture videos, complete practice exercises and earn “badges” for mastering the lessons. The benefit is that students are able to set their own pace for learning online.

The project has earned praise from students and educators, and some schools are using Khan’s material as part of a “flipped classroom” model, where students watch the video lectures at home, and then complete the homework at school with teachers who can then pinpoint where extra help is needed.

Despite the programme’s success in receiving multimillion-dollar funding from Bill Gates and Google, some educators are critical of the video learning format. Sceptics say remote learning does not let students interact with educators, and the learning style emphasises repetitive drilling.

In this episode of The Stream, Salman Khan discusses Khan Academy, education reform, and how videos can change the future of education.

What do you think about online education's role in mainstream schooling? 

 

There are  other very interesting documents and websites for learners, teachers and curriculum advisors and planners as well as any other stakeholders.  The aim of our strategy is to improve participation and pass rates over a period of time. 

More specifically, it intends to:

(i) To increase participation rates in Mathematics and Physical Sciences in the FET band. (ii) To increase numbers of those passing Mathematics and Physical Sciences in Gr 12. (iii)To improve the quality of passes at Gr 12 in terms of improved average scores and/or numbers of learners achieving  A, B and  C symbols. 

The key thrusts of the strategy are to advance: 

1.             Schools             

2.             Teacher Support and Development               

3.             Resources and Support                

4.             Learners                

5.             Monitoring, Evaluation and Advocacy  

You can find the strategy on this website which is located below.  Our challenge is to make mathematics and science interesting and fun.  The Western Cape Education Department would like you to share your thoughts and experiences with regard to advancing the strategy. In the final analyses, we want to create the conditions for science and mathematics hubs across the province, thus developing a new ethos and interest in our schools from the perspectives of mathematics and the sciences

Best

Sigamoney  

Mathematics and Science Websites and Resources

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General resources and interesting links:
Please have a look at Mark Horner's blog, which you can view
here and the FullMarks blog here. Please also read the Cape Town Open Education Declaration here.

I'd like to draw your attention to
FullMarks, which is our free and open online assessment bank, which has content for many of the subjects and grades. You can access the source code from GitHub here.  The Connexions website hosts our Grade R - 9 workbooks that cover all subjects and learning areas in both English and Afrikaans - you can view them here. Also, you can find our FHSST books on Connexions here. To access any content on the Connexions authoring platform and repository, click here, and you can access Connexions via your mobile phone by pointing your phone's browser here: m.siyavula.cnx.org/

 

You may also like to browse
CK-12 FlexBooks, as well as OER Commons for further resources, as well as MIT OpenCourseWare, and their new section aimed specifically at high school teachers and learners. There is also the Peer2Peer University which is worth having a look at, as well as UCT's Open Content. You may also like to look at NeoK12. Mark also mentioned the Mozilla Foundation.

 

We have done some reviews of resources for many of the websites below, which you can view
here

You may like to have a look at Sir Ken Robinson's talks which you can view
here. As well as a story about the boy with Autism from Torrey Trust.

Below is just a selection of resources, but there are many more than can be found online.

Physical Science and Maths resources:


- You may like to browse some of our rich-media FHSST chapters on Connexions - you can view the first version of our Grade 10 CAPS aligned books for Maths and Physical Science plus our Graad 10 Wiskunde and Graad 11 Wiskunde books
- Khan Academy:
http://www.khanacademy.org/
- PhET Simulations: http://phet.colorado.edu/
- Dan Meyer's blog: http://blog.mrmeyer.com/
- Stellarium: http://www.stellarium.org/
- Stardust: http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html
- Galaxy Zoo: http://www.galaxyzoo.org/
- SETI @ Home: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/
- You may like to watch a talk given by Dan Meyer at TED Talks, which you can view here
- As well as his short video on his teaching resources here
- Geogebra: http://www.geogebra.org/cms/
- Planet Hunters: http://www.planethunters.org/
- Veritasium videos: http://www.veritasium.com/
- Keith Warne on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/kwarne
- Wynberg Girls High presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/jackiekunze
- Open Science Video (TED Talk): http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/04/a-ted-talk-to-open-your-eyes-to-open-science/
- Vi Hart's fun maths doodles: http://vihart.com/
- Maths Lit teachers network: http://mathsliteracy.ning.com/

 

Life Sciences resources:
- You can also access Khan Academy and PhET as shown above
- Fold It:
http://fold.it/portal/
- Project BudBurst: http://www.neoninc.org/budburst/
- Bugscope: http://bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/
- Spore: http://eu.spore.com/home.cfm?lang=en
- Wonderville: http://www.wonderville.ca/

 

English / languages resources:
- Yoza:
http://www.yoza.mobi/
- GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/
- Comic Master: http://www.comicmaster.org.uk/
- Kerpoof: http://www.kerpoof.com/
- Progressive Phonics: http://www.progressivephonics.com
- Live Mocha: http://www.livemocha.com/
- Open Shakespeare: http://openshakespeare.org/
- Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
- The Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/
- SpiderScribe: http://www.spiderscribe.net/
- Dipity: http://www.dipity.com/
- JayCut: http://jaycut.com/

 

IT CAT resources:


- MIT OpenCourseWare as mentioned above has video lectures you may wish to set more advanced learners on
- Python:
http://www.python.org/
- RUR-PLE: http://rur-ple.sourceforge.net/
- Alice: http://www.alice.org/
- Logo: http://el.media.mit.edu/logo-foundation/index.html
- Scratch: http://scratch.mit.edu/
- Squeak: http://www.squeak.org/
- Kusasa: http://www.kusasa.org/
- Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
- Inkscape: http://inkscape.org/
- GIMP: http://www.gimp.org/
- Blender 3D: http://www.blender.org/
- School of Webcraft: http://p2pu.org/webcraft
- Google Sketch up: http://sketchup.google.com/
- Pivot animator: http://pivot-stickfigure-animator.en.softonic.com/
- Sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/
- Sandbox Game Maker: http://sandboxgamemaker.com/
- Robo Pro: http://www.fischertechnik.co.za/
- Visual programming: http://www.tersus.com/


What will schools look like in 20-30 years time?
Schools were initially designed to service the big industry of the industrial revolution (
see Ken Robinson's RSA animated talk) but industry is changing and some of the most successful firms are focused on human-centred design - perhaps this is the new industry that curricula can be modelled on to be more relevant and inclusive. Multi-disciplinary problem solving using methods pushed by teams like IDEO (see IDEO book video for inspiring outputs and theiroutreach project) will radically improve teaching and favour creativity and collaboration. Coupling this with much more effective and dynamic curriculum delivery that caters to learners' needs better (as in the School of One in NY) is where we need to go. Bricks and mortar schools will exist - what happens in them will be radically different.

 

What will happen to the book given the iPad and other technologies?
iPads, ebook readers and smart phones will converge. The final product will be designed to suit the dominant use case. It may be relatively large for readability but will certainly be light and interactive. The IDEO book video above shows some concepts that can already be developed given current technology. In fact, solutions like
applia.com, Inkling on the iPad  and Scrollmotion already do this. That is on the software side, on the hardware side we already have solutions like the Entourage Edge.

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