Please see below for further information about the collaborative weekends!
Q: When will the weekends take place?
The proposed dates are as follows, with the times still to be confirmed:
Workshop 1: Friday 2 – Sunday 4 March 2012
Workshop 2: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 March 2012
Workshop 3: Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May 2012
Q: Where will this be taking place?
Q: What is the format of the weekends?
Friday afternoons: An opportunity to Unpack CAPS, build a community, professional development, influence the design and content, have discussions and debates
Saturdays and Sundays: Open spaces to collaborate, author and share resources with expert and technical support.
We have also identified a focus area for each weekend, although it will not be restricted to this. These are:
Workshop 1: Content (with the aim of getting most of the writing done and completed by the next workshop)
Workshop 2: Assessment (this will focus on activities, investigations, exercises, etc with the aim of ensuring cognitive development across the grades and strands)
Workshop 2: Technology (this weekend will focus on technology and rich media integration, and possibly also filming some experiments)
Q: Can I attend only one weekend?
So, we are asking all educators to be there for the full first workshop (weekend 1), and thereafter for each Friday afternoon session.
We feel it is important for everyone to be there for the first workshop in order to make the project a success, and to follow up with the Friday afternoon sessions. Furthermore, the Siyavula team, along with expert and technical support, will be present the whole time, and we encourage educators to attend when they can for the second two weekends.
Q: How is it possible to produce books in this way?
A: Each of the weekends will be structured in such a way to ensure all content is covered, that everyone is supported in their work, and that all energy is focused in order to produce the best quality workbooks possible!
A: This is a collaborative effort – we will need a minimum of 12 educators to participate to make it feasible, with 24 educators being the ideal number!
Q: Why should I participate and how will we all benefit?
|Unpack CAPS – best possible prep for 2013Professional development
Become part of a bigger, stronger community of like-minded people
First to have notes for 2013 – will also be familiar with them
Gives a competitive advantage
Saves time in the long run
Gain new ideas
Input into design of workbooks
Opportunity to voice opinion and improve curriculum
As an educator, your classes will have the best possible expertise and experience through your involvement here
|Lay the best foundation for a Science literate South AfricaAvailable to the WHOLE country
Available online and on mobile
Sasol Inzalo partnership
|Awesome workbooks – where technology is integratedBuild support services – for our own sustainability
Spread our message about openness, technology and commitment to education
Create a logical flow through workbooks, to support Grade 10-12 textbooks
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Be known to have invested in South African learners and Science education
Q: Do I have to pay to be involved?
Q: What will Siyavula provide?
- Concept maps for each strand from Gr 4 to Gr 12
- Workbook outline
- Table of Contents
- Ideal chapter, showing:
- Cognitive development
- Critical thinking development
- Notes/learning aids, etc
- Example of Teacher’s Guide
- Raw material (± 50% coverage)
2) Professional development
- Cognitive development
- Critical thinking
- Brain storming
- Rich media (Twig video archive)
- Group dynamics (a professional facilitator will be present)
3) Like-minded people
- Sharing Passionate
- St John’s College – Prep School (Johannesburg)
- Venues to conduct experiments
- Internet connection
Q: Who should I contact for further information, or to get involved?