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Specialist Mathematics and Science resources

Mathematics

  • Everything MathsOn the Siyavula website you will find the online, interactive textbooks for Grade 10-12 which have also been printed and are the exact books that are being used in class. When reading these books online they become interactive as they are filled with videos, simulations and assessment. All this content is curriculum-aligned and completely free.
  • Geogebra – GeoGebra is free and multiplatform dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. The Geogebra manual is available here.  For more information on Geogebra, see Casme Science and Mathematics Training Manuals.
  • Living Maths – An educational programme that extends, enriches and empowers children, helping develop their analytical, mathematical and deductive skills.
  • The Math Basket – A blog administered by educ8 tuition offering Maths video tutorials for most of the South Africa Grade 11 and 12 syllabus.
  • Maths Doctor - Powered by Macmillan Science and Education the Maths Doctor provides over 250 free interactive QR worksheets and videos. It is aligned to the UK GCSE and A levels but easy navigation helps you find relevant topics under the Algebra, Data handling, Numbers and Shapes and Numbers categories.
  • Maths Literacy Teacher’s Blog – The public online face of the members-only South African Maths Literacy Teachers’
  • Maths & Science Marketing - Maths & Science Marketing strives for excellence in Maths & Science teaching & learning by providing materials, methodologies and other information for free. Learners from grades 1-9 and 10-12 can download textbooks onto mobiles, tablets and computers.Also tests & exams, simulations and videos are on offer. The website and the materials are sponsored by the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA).
  • MIDHub - Sponsored by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Mathematics Information Delivery Hub (MIDHub) provides easy and quick access to relevant material and quality instructional resources for mathematics teachers. MIDHub offers a variety of videos, textbooks, worksheets, interactive sketches for grades 8 - 12.
  • SchoolMaths.com – A website developed by University of Pretoria lecturer Gerrit Stols, (PhD) to help maths teachers and students use technology, SchoolMaths.com provides manuals, resources and software free of charge.

 

Physical Science

  • ChemSketch – ChemSketch is a chemically intelligent drawing interface that allows you to draw almost any chemical structure including organics, organometallics, polymers, Lewis diagrams, Lab kit drawings and Markush structures. For more information on Chemsketch, see Casme Science and Mathematics Training Manuals.
  • Downloads: South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement – Download Saasta’s printed science and technology education resources – booklets, posters, cartoons, fact sheets, magazines and more – free of charge.
  • Everything Science - On the Siyavula website you will find the online, interactive textbooks for Grade 10-12 which have also been printed and are the exact books that are being used in class. When reading these books online they become interactive as they are filled with videos, simulations and assessment. All this content is curriculum-aligned and completely free.
  • Periodic table installer – This installer contains all the elements of the periodic table along with images of the elements in their natural state, as well as lots of other information and interactive displays.
  • Physical Sciences Break 1.0 - This blog covers physical sciences topics for grades 10,11 and 12 and is updated regularly. Physical Sciences Break 1.0 is created and maintained by Chipa Thomas Maimela from Limpopo who won the 2013 ISPA Super Teacher's Special Award for it.
  • PheT Interactive Simulations – PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. PheT helps students visually comprehend concepts, simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons.
  • SciBraai - This blog feature stories about South African research, technology and innovation, and the people behind the discoveries. It welcomes all South Africans to go behind the scenes of local science and exploration endeavors.

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South African education resources

 

  • 2Enable - 2Enable delivers tailor-made educational content developed by qualified teaching professionals at no cost to all South Africans.
  • Care and Support for Teaching and Learning National Support Pack – The National Support Pack developed by the Department of Basic Education brings together information, best-practice examples, tools and case studies of effective care and support practice in schools.
  • Department of Education National Curriculum Guidelines – Download the National Curriculum Statements for General Education and Training (Grades R to 9) and Further Education and Training (Grades 10 to 12).
  • goStudy – Quick links for higher education fees, residences and application forms.
  • Mieliestronk - Inligting, opvoeding en skoolprojekte-hulp in Afrikaans.
  • Mindset Network – A South African not-for-profit company that creates, sources and distributes high quality, curriculum aligned digital content to support the education and health sectors.
  • Nolwazi - This repository from the CoZa Cares Foundation contains a variety of high quality teaching and learning items, available freely as Open Education Resources (OERs).
  • Past Matric Exam Papers – Completing past exam papers are a great way for students to prepare for exams, helping them discover what they already know and what they still have to learn, as well as teaching them to manage their time and become familiar with exam terminology.
  • SABC Education – SABC Education is responsible for delivering the educational mandate of South Africa’s public broadcaster, delivering compelling educational content for diverse audiences across Africa.
  • Sci-Bono SSIP 2016 learner downloads – Aims to improve public engagement with science and technology by assisting with curriculum delivery, providing teacher training and support and by providing curriculum materials to schools.
  • South African History Online – A non-partisan people's history project that aims to break the silence of our past and to create the most comprehensive online encyclopaedia of South African history and culture.
  • The Matriculant Blog - Tips and resources for matriculants including timetables, past exam papers and bursaries
  • Thutong National Education Portal – The online point of entry to a comprehensive array of free educational resources, policy information, and interactive services concerning all aspects of the South African schooling sector, providing relevant information about and services for curriculum and teacher development, and school administration and management.
  • Vodacom e-school - The Vodacom learning platform with Internet access to education content for all grades 10-12 high school South African learners. Through Vodacom's e-school, learners who are Vodacom subscribers are able to access content, which is curriculum aligned, on their mobile device across all major subjects, free of charge, as Vodacom has zero rated browsing on the portal for its customers.

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International education resources

 

  • Curriki Open Curricula Community – Curriki originated from the idea that technology can play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the education divide – the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not – by providing free and open resources to teachers who need them most.
  • Education.com – A US-based website for involved parents and teachers, providing articles, activities, and a rich community and school information resource.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware – A web-based archive of virtually all MIT course content, open and available to the world and a permanent MIT activity. It is not, however, an MIT education, nor does it grant MIT degrees or certificates.
  • Merlot – Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching is a free and open online community providing a leading-edge, user-centred collection of higher education online learning materials, as well as a set of teacher development support services.
  • Nasa Education – Nasa’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research.
  • Open Yale Courses – A free and open selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University, with the aim of expanding access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
  • PBS Teachers Resources for the Classroom – Sign up and join thousands of classroom teachers, home educators, media specialists and professional development providers who use the US-based Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and public media resources to engage students.
  • Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos – Access free web-based videos aimed at improving the technology skills of teachers.
  • The University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university, dedicated to the global advancement and democratisation of higher education. The high-quality low-cost educational model uses the internet to bring university-level studies within reach of millions of people across the world.
  • University of Westminster Free Online Multimedia Training Videos – A series of completely free and open educational resources for learning a variety of multimedia and ICT tools.

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Commercial South African education resources

 

  • Maths Excellence - The Maths Excellence website is established by a network of concerned and dedicated mathematics educators. Their objective is to improve the standard of maths education and make maths more accessible to all South African learners. The website is dedicated for educators to debate issues that affect them and their learners; to exchange ideas and resources as well as to become an effective pressure group for change.
  • MathPRO – High school Mathematics learning and revision software for Grades 8 to 11.
  • Maths Online – A tutoring service providing support, advice and tutorials in Maths and any academic discipline where Maths can be applied.
  • Numerical Skills for BusinessUNISA's Centre Decision Sciences has designed a 4 module programme to equip students with the numerical skills needed to function more effectively in the workplace. Students need a National Senior Certificate or NQF 4 level qualification. The fees are R 5,000 and the brochure can be downloaded here (PDF, 146 KB)
  • Star Schools – Provides extra lessons in a range of subjects, access to the best educators, as well as educational DVDs, CDs, books and online resources.

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Education organisations and associations

 

  • Academy of Science of South Africa – The academy was formed in response to the need for an academy of science congruent with the dawn of democracy in South Africa – activist in its mission of using science for the benefit of society.
  • Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa – The professional association of mathematics educators in South Africa and the voice of Mathematics education in the country, representing the interests of the discipline and its members at provincial and national level.
  • Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education – CASME is a non-profit education development agency with a key focus on the advancement of Mathematics and Science teachers' subject competence and teaching skills in South African schools.
  • Education Labour Relations Council – A statutory council with the aim of maintaining labour peace within public education, mainly through dispute prevention and dispute resolution.
  • Eskom Expo for Young Scientists – A science fair where students have a chance to show others their projects about their own scientific investigations, and discuss their work with judges, teachers and students from other schools, with parents and with other interested people.
  • The Maths Centre for Professional Teachers – A non-profit organisation of excellence in mathematics, science, technology and entrepreneurship education, spread across all provinces.
  • Maths Literacy Teacher’s Network – A closed network aimed at helping teachers keep up to date on the latest developments in Mathematical Literacy, debate and discuss issues, share resources, blog about and discuss “How I teach”, keep track of curriculum document and discuss textbooks.
  • National Research Foundation – The foundation works to support and promote research through funding, human capacity development and the provision of research facilities to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of the natural and social sciences, humanities and technology, including indigenous knowledge systems.
  • SchoolNet South Africa – SchoolNet is at the forefront of ICT implementation strategies in South African schools, having developed a successful implementation strategy as a result of its experience and analysis of a wide range of past ICT implementation projects.
  • SciFest Africa – South Africa’s national science festival and aims to promote the public awareness and engagement with science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation.
  • South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement – Saasta aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa.
  • South African Council for Educators – SACE aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession, and to promote the development of educators and their professional conduct.
  • South African Mathematics Foundation – SAMF’s activities include teacher and learner programmes, publication of teacher and learner support materials, popularisation of mathematics and promoting public interest in mathematics research in South Africa.
  • South African Qualifications Authority – SAQA’s mandate is to achieve the objectives of the National Qualifications Framework: to create an integrated national framework for learning achievements; to facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within education, training and career paths; to enhance the quality of education and training; and to accelerate the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities.

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Government education departments

 

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Financial aid for education

 

  • Bursaries South Africa - This website aims to become the most important source in South Africa concerning bursaries and strives that all possible bursaries in SA are listed.
  • Funza Lusahaka Teachers' Bursary Scheme – Provides full-cost bursaries to eligible students, who then have to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.
  • National Student Financial Aid Scheme – A sustainable financial aid system for study loans and bursaries, allowing academically deserving and financially disadvantaged students to realise their potential.
  • Vodacom Bursary Scheme – Every year the Vodacom Foundation provides 50 students from disadvantaged communities with bursaries annually to study in the ICT and engineering sectors. Since the scheme was started in 1999, more than 1 000 bursaries have been awarded.
  • GoStudy list of bursary schemes – A comprehensive A-to-Z list of bursaries offered by companies, foundations, educational institutions, the government and more.
  • University of Cape Town list of bursary schemes – Information and application forms for a number of bursaries available in South Africa.
  • University of South Africa, Directorate of Student Funding – The Directorate administers donor funds, in the form of study loans and bursaries, according to donors' criteria. The page provides an overview of available bursaries and loans..
  • SouthAfrica.info: SA student loans and bursaries – The official South Africa portal’s guide to financial assistance for higher education.

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Wikipedia online encyclopaedia

 

Wikipedia is a free, web-based and multilingual encyclopaedia with some 20 million articles in over 280 languages – including South Africa’s nine official languages –written collaboratively by volunteers around the world. It has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet, with an estimated 365 million readers worldwide.

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