The Community Education Computer Society (CECS), an ICT training NGO established in April 1985 in the Western Cape by Educators, received support from the S A Finnish Partnership (SAFIPA) to undertake a number of activities with Grade 12 Mathematics Educators.
In our investigation to develop an ICT training programme for Educators, we discovered that:
- Educators rely on others to type their classroom materials and/or their test or exam papers. In most instances this reliance resulted in papers or materials being typed incorrectly or people taking their own time to type the papers which delay for example the writing of exams/tests.
- Educators who are computer literate cut and paste or photocopy their material such as functions, equations, geometric drawings, without having the ability to make changes to the materials. Thus, teachers have limited ability to innovate.
- Most of the materials are in PDF or graphic format which cannot be manipulated or edited.
This means that teachers are required to spend an inordinate amounts of time preparing materials for class, thus reducing time that could be better spent on lesson planning, delivering and remedial intervention.
The goal of the project is to use a multi-faceted approach to develop Open Educational Resources for Grade 12 Mathematics involving Educators and Learners with a view of enhancing teaching effectiveness and improving Learner results.
The goal will be achieved through the following objectives:
- Empowering Educators with the skills and knowledge to develop Mathematics resources using a word-processing program.
- Researching appropriate FLOSS programs for Mathematics Educators and Learners.
- Developing relationships with strategic stakeholders and partners.
- Designing and implementing a dissemination strategy for developed resources
The innovation of the project can be summarised as follows: It is the development of Open Educational Resources with Mathematics Educators and Learners' participation in line with the national Curriculum Statement; utilising a multi-faceted disseminating strategy using DVDs/CDs, portals, cell phone, social media. Thus, providing a model for OER development in S A.
The following are the activities to achieve the activities:
- Conducting FREE ICT training workshops in 9 provinces targeting Grade computer literate 12 Mathematics Educators in 2011.
- Develop a maths application to facilitate the development of question papers.
- The development of The Maths Portal which will house relevant information for Grade 12 Mathematics Educators.
- Convening a stakeholder workshop in East London and Johannesburg.
- Developing, producing and disseminating of a training videos, step-by-step tutorials, screen casts which will show Educators in a step-by-step manner how to develop question/test papers which incorporates text, equations, sketches and drawings.
- Training of Educators, who have attended the provincial workshops from the 9 provinces, as facilitators. They will train other Educators in order to ensure a cascading effect. This workshop will be FREE.
- Developing the Communal Maths Basket (CO.M.B) concept which aims to develop a dissemination network which is able to distribute digital maths educational content in an affordable and efficient manner.
Researching, compiling a list with write-ups of free/libre and open source software (FLOSS) applications for Mathematics Educators and how it aligns with the National Curriculum Statement.
We Need Your Support
Please provide us with details on any of the following for Mathematics Educators which you may be aware of:
- Events, workshops, seminars, colloquiums, summits, conferences
- Newspaper supplements or articles
- Blogs, wikis, tweets, Facebook pages/groups
- Academic research such as papers, journal articles, dissertations, theses
- Exam question papers. If you have exam question papers, then you can e-mail it to us
- Mailing lists, groups, newsfeeds, websites
- Organisations, funders, academia, individuals
We will also require volunteers to:
- Provide feedback on the initial stages of The Maths Portal
- Test the web application
- Quality control the questions and answers on the portal
Organisations, academic institutions, and individuals can click here to register their details and interest.
Click here to see some of the skills Educators are taught on the workshops and to download the howto's.
For More Information
Contact Person: Arnold Pietersen