Siyavula textbooks already available on a variety of devices
Siyavula continuously strives to make their Everything Maths and Everything Science textbooks accessible to learners in a variety of contexts. Whether a teaching environment has the privilege of using laptops or tablets in class, or learners simply share hardcopy textbooks and have a few cell phones, the Siyavula textbooks are available in a format that is relevant to you and that will transform your learning and teaching experience.
We have previously done a demonstration of how the books can be used on iPads, computers, mobile phones, printed hardcopies and in-class projectors. You can view this blog post here: http://projects.siyavula.com/blog/2012/06/22/siyavula-textbooks-available-for-a-variety-of-devices/. These formats allow for different uses of the material and are applicable to a variety of South African learning contexts.
Siyavula’s books are now available and accessible to many more learners in an additional format, namely Mxit.
Reaching more learners through Mxit
Mxit is South Africa’s largest social network with over 50 million subscribers. 70% of those subscribers are between the ages of 15 and 25. Mxit is available to anyone with a WAP-enabled phone and works on almost kinds of 3000 mobile handsets. South Africa has a mobile penetration of 105% and of that 60% of all users have WAP-enabled phones. These statistics indicate that if Siyavula wants to make it’s openly-licensed content available to as many learners as possible, Mxit simply cannot be ignored.
Six textbooks in your pocket
In 2011 the Department of Basic Education (D.B.E.) approached Siyavula to curriculum-align Grade 10 Maths and Physical Science textbooks. In 2012, the D.B.E. printed and began distributing these books to all government schools across South Africa.
There is a strong correlation between learners who will be using our hard copy textbooks in class and learners who will be using our textbooks on Mxit. By having the textbooks available on Mxit, learners have access to the material while waiting for the Siyavula textbooks. Further supporting the use of the hard copy books in class.
Many learners are not allowed to take their textbooks out of the classroom. At the end of the academic year, they are asked to return their textbooks to the school. Because learning concepts are built on from one year to the next, it is invaluable for learners to have access to the previous grades’ material and to be able to take these books home. By allowing learners unlimited and unrestricted access to these textbooks, we are granting them the freedom to take control of their own learning.
With easy access to the Grade 10, 11 and 12 textbooks, learners are able to:
- Refer to the past books.
- Refresh some theory or recap chapter exercises.
- See what they are working towards and how concepts build on from what they are currently learning by viewing higher grades’ textbooks.
The textbooks are filled with in-chapter and end-of-chapter exercises so learners can practice additional problems whilst referring back to the worked examples in the books.
How to access the textbooks over Mxit
You will need to simply download and install Mxit on your phone by going to m.mxit.com. After your account has been set up and you are signed in, you can find the Siyavula textbooks by following these easy steps.
Mxit Reach >
Everythingmaths / Everythingscience >
Finally add the Everything Maths and Everything Science textbooks as contacts >