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Online access to books for learning and reading
To support teachers and learners in gaining access to material for learning and reading many organisations provide their books online. The DBE provides a wide collection via their website and the Thutong portal. The My Resources section of the Digital Classroom offers study guides from partners like DBE and Via Afrika. Via the Reading corner reading books and stories in all South African languages can be accessed.
Zero-rated educational websites
Vodacom has zero-rated the DBE website, Vodacom E-School, the Digital Classroom and Mindset Learn. 'Zero-rated' means no data charges apply for Vodacom users, all content and resources on the website can be browsed and downloaded for free. The only requirement is that you have a positive balance on your account.
Zibuza.net - Online community for teachers
Zibuza.net is an online community for teachers in Basic Education. It is designed to foster sharing and collaboration among teachers and aims to save teachers valuable time and ultimately improve classroom performance. The community is socially driven - uploads, downloads, ratings, comments, shares etc. and teachers are recognised and rewarded where value is created.
Schoolnet SA - Education blog for teachers
The SchoolNet blog is a source of professional development methods and practices for integrating technology into the day-to-day classroom experience. Regular updates are posted on the webinars for Microsoft Innovative Educator and new Google educational applications. It also informs about the annual ICT in The Classroom conference.
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.
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).
Physical Sciences Break 1.0
This blog covers physical sciences topics for teachers and learners in grades 10, 11 and 12 and is updated regularly. Physical Sciences Break 1.0 seeks to address the challenges in physical sciences in schools and encourages students to use blogs on various devices. The blog is created and maintained by Chipa Thomas Maimela from Limpopo who won the 2013 ISPA Super Teacher’s Special Award for it.
Gerrit Stol’s e-book Circle Geometry will help you to visualise, understand and enjoy geometry. It uses text, videos, interactive sketches, and assessment items. Mathematicians are pattern hunters that search for hidden relationships. They also proof and use these relationships to solve problems. In this book you will explore and discover interesting properties of circles.
GeoGebra is a dynamic mathematics open-source free software for learning and teaching mathematics in schools. GeoGebra combines geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus. It can be downloaded for free. Gerrit Stols of the University of Pretoria has created a GeoGebra manual with YouTube videos, which is available here.
On the SKA website resources are offered to facilitate teaching radio astronomy, the solar system and the SKA project and its impact. Depending on the age group cartoons, board games, posters and videos for learners are available.
Math literacy community for South African Teachers
This online community aims to keep Mathematical Literacy Teachers up to date on the latest developments in Mathematical literacy (ML), debate and discuss issues, share resources, blog about and discuss "How I teach", keep track of curriculum document and discuss textbooks. Visit the community here.