Overview of GR12 Maths For SA Curriculum

 

 

My Take:

Recently I had to put together a summary of important details related to the GR12 Maths curriculum in South Africa in relation to a workshop I was preparing. I thought it would useful to preserve a record of the documents I retrieved for this purpose. I also did a MindMap which divided P1 and P2 into two theoretical 3 hour revision sessions, weighted by the mark allocation applied in the final exam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to full GR12 Exam Guidelines Document

Link to CAPS Document for FET Mathematics

 

 

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A fantastic collection of active learning strategies for teaching Mathematics

 

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My Take:

I stumbled across this book a while back and was struck by what a nicely collated collection of activities, games and methods it was, especially for a teacher who is trying to make their classroom active as opposed to passive. It’s real value is in it’s simplicity and grouping of activities by topic , it’s a great thing to glance at , to give you a creative spark for your lesson. I managed to create the Mindmap below, listing some of the strategies mentioned in the book.

 

 

How to create a Personalised Learning Portfolio

 Goal

Create your own digital learning portfolio showing evidence of your individual learning path.

Definition

A Personal Learning Portfolio is a virtual, personal space that serves as a dynamic planning tool, archive, profile, and showcase of an individual’s lifelong learning experiences, goals and achievements. It is created by the learner, controlled by the learner, and is on a platform of his or her choice. Though the tool is geared to be an open tool that records the digital footprint of the individual, the learner controls who has access to any section of the portfolio at any given time.

Definition Credit

Explanation Video

Possible Content:

ArtsWorks , Writing Pieces , Video Clips , Audio Recordings, Projects, Books read and reviews of them, Online Courses or Programs , Blog component, Social Campaigns, Growth Filled Experiences, Leadership Roles, Projects Initiated , Volunteer Work , Places you’ve travelled or want to travel , Interviews with Interesting People , Vlogs ….


Examples

Tools you could use:

 

When signing up to create an account with one of these tools, rather select the option to “Sign up with Google” than creating an account from scratch. This means you don’t have to remember different passwords.

 

 

A Tool for giving everyone a voice

 

Introduction

I often find myself needing to create a shared digital space on the fly, for interaction amongst a group when doing training or facilitating. In terms of speed, accessibility & price(free), this is my tool of choice for getting the job done. A good way to describe TodaysMeet is,  a free pop up private chat room that can be controlled by a presenter in real time.

What I like

I love how it allows everyone in a room to have a voice and that as a presenter I have a way of monitoring at a glance what sort of things are happening for the learners. It facilitates easy sharing and becomes an effective archive system too, as everything that is discussed is easily downloaded as a transcript at the end. It’s also fast which is important when doing workshops and time is limited.

Typical Usage 

  • Go to TodaysMeet.com
  • Associate your Google Account or Create Login
  • Pick a Room Name
  • Share the link to your Chat Room with participants
  • Chat
  • Download Transcripts of Session

Final Comments

This tool has  been around for quite some time now, but still seems underutilized to me. For anyone looking to be more collaborative in their classroom/workshop and wanting to encourage more active engagement I would definitely give this tool a go.

Screenshot of Interface

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Zamzar – a great free online file conversion service

Introduction:

I often find myself working on digital media project and need to do a quick file conversion for the purposes of compatibility with a particular tool. I don’t wont to download any extra software and I want it to be quick, convenient & free. This tools ticks all the boxes and yet doesn’t seem to be widely known, hence I thought it was worthy of a post. Just click on any of the images or this link to access it.

 

 

 

Experiments with Flipping the Classroom – Livescribe Echo Pen

 

After attending a ProGro Workshop on flipping the classroom, I became interested in trying to create  my own audio visual content for learning. The tool that got my attention was something called the Livescribe Echo Pen. It recorded what you wrote on a piece of paper into an animation, as well as recording the audio at the same time. It also kept everything in sync, so that you could jump around the recording to any place you wanted to go.  I was lucky enough to be able to get hold of one second hand from the Amazon Marketplace for +- R900. It took a while to get used to teaching to only a page, but I definitely learnt a a lot going through the process. Here is one of my first attempts – trying to explain the quadrilateral family of shapes.

Link to Folder with all Lightscribe Experiments

Although I could accomplish my task of creating audio visual content for my learners. A lot of them seemed to struggle to get the correct version of  Adobe Reader on their devices to properly see the animated drawings.  There was also no way to upload the content to YouTube which was  limiting. In the end whilst some learners enjoyed my videos, they weren’t easy enough to consume to warrant the effort. Also they were probably still a bit long.  So after several experiments I decided this wasn’t the tool for me and continued my search for the right workflow elsewhere.