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Embracing a Pandemic

Contributed by Adrie Schoeman, MD of Master Maths, a member of ADESSA.

Master Maths has been around for more than 40 years. After so many years in business, with franchise centres in nearly every town in South Africa and some in Namibia, we have a solid rhythm. Our structures and processes are in place.  However, when that announcement came that our country (like the rest of the world) will go into a hard lock down, the uncertainty kicked in and the fear was real. This pandemic did not choose it’s victims, we were all (small and large businesses) in the same boat. None of us could ever have foreseen a scenario where a pandemic just changed our normal day into something really surreal. 

We had to trust our investment made into solid systems and it stood the test of time. Master Maths has invested substantially in developing a new LMS system, which we were in the process of rolling out. The pandemic forced us to fast track this and with good support and collaboration tools, the pace at which franchisees adapted to the new technology, ensured that we could proceed with our business in a new “normal” manner. Our learners could use our platform and with some additional applications, were able to continue their learning path. Parents had the knowledge that the monitoring and support from the franchise centre was there. Online learning became the new “normal” and we will never be able to thank our clients for their support and trust during this year!

But more than anything else, I saw grit in action!  Grit means courage, a show of strength of character, a never give up attitude, a true commitment… not a word you hear often, but one I now, know the meaning of and experienced first-hand. Not only amongst colleagues and franchisees, but also amongst our learners, parents and every schoolteacher.  Being involved in education we all had one goal – support learners as best we can.

I was asked to write about Master Maths’ experience of this pandemic.

This is a story of a learner’s experience, shared with me … it is but one, but a similar story was told by every franchisee I spoke to.

“Today was my first session back at the centre since lockdown. When I arrived at the centre, it felt weird and strange and honestly I was totally freaked out. Thank goodness for my mask, although I hate the thing! I was greeted by a “please wait before entering” sign at the door. There was someone coming towards me, her eyes looked vaguely familiar, but I didn’t recognize her immediately, until I heard her… hallo how are you, welcome back…of course…did she put one some weight and look at the hair…  It is sanitizing, temperature measures, cleaning shoes and questionnaires, but then I was seated and a familiar feeling of being back at the centre started kicking in.  I missed seeing my tutor…. online is ok, but not the same.”

The question most asked and written about in the media – is teaching going to change to virtual teaching in future? At Master Maths we embrace technology. It is a fantastic tool, but online tutoring only, will never be able to replace the experience of being able to see and interact with a tutor/teacher. We are happy to see us slowly getting back to business as normal!

Maths and Science Solutions

Maths and Science Solutions provides Online Maths and Science Tutorials for teaching and learning in high schools, at home or anywhere.

Our aim:  To enable every teacher and learner in South Africa to get access to excellent, CAPS aligned tutorials for daily classroom teaching, as well as for learners using mobiles, tablets or computers, at prices that can be afforded by everyone!

Our Online Tutorials:    

  • We have 170 x 2-hour, online CAPS tutorials for Grades 8 – 12 in both Maths & Science. 
  • Tutorials consist of videos, slides, exercises, experiments and a Quiz to measure the progress of your learners.
  • Our Tutorials are excellent for daily teaching in class or in the computer lab with a laptop and data projector.
  • They are also excellent for learners to use in the computer lab, at home or on a mobile, tablet or computer.
  • Already used by 30 teachers and 3 000 learners during the lockdown period.
  • Bulk coupon orders can also be placed by schools on the website enabling the teachers and learners to qualify and purchase even more tutorials.  See website for more details.
  • Teachers doing the tutorials themselves, qualify for SACE CPD points.

                                            FREE during lockdown!

All teachers and learners are encouraged to access R 500 worth of FREE teaching and learning tutorials on our website, till 31 July 2020!

Use this coupon (also provided on the website): corona500

Go to our website and place your order today!

Having placed your FREE order, access it in ‘My account’ on the website home page.

Contact mwteach@mweb.co.za for more details.

CAMI WEB FOR SCHOOLS – FREE TRIAL

Worried about school closures? Cami Web can help. Cami’s suite of highly effective computer programs provides uninterrupted learning. Our easy-to-practice web-based programs allow for individualised learning, which means learners progress at their own pace and on their own level. Programs include Cami Maths (Grade R – 7) and Cami Perceptual Skills Builder (Grade R – Grade 3).

Exclusive offer to schools: Get free access to Cami Web on a trial basis until the end of May 2020. Contact our team to request access for your learners. Send an email to sales@camiweb.co.za OR visit https://cami.co.za/products/cami-for-educators/ for more information.

BETTERMARKS – MATHS MADE EASY

This is yet another product from Macmillan to be seen at the Cape Winelands Education District elearning conference/expo on Saturday, 9 March 2019, in Worcester.

Having a lot of problems is, well, a problem. When it comes to Maths however, teachers will tell you that you can never have too many problems as practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, learners are often not motivated to practice Maths, as often they feel they will never grasp the concepts, or they don’t know where their knowledge gaps are. This leads to Maths teachers having to spend time on intervention strategies, or for parents to pay for expensive extra lessons which don’t necessarily provide the required direction –  sometimes all learners do is solve problem after problem with the hope that they will eventually ‘get it’.

Enter Bettermarks®, a sharp online platform for Maths that employs very sophisticated technology in order for learners to access personalised learning. Bettermarks® takes adaptive learning to the next level – it is a truly personalised platform which is complimented by how easy it is to use by both teacher and learner.

What makes Bettermarks® stand out is that learners get real time feedback at every stage, it gives specific feedback, and even gives the option to access the textbook if necessary. This turns mistakes into learning opportunities as it allows for errors in thinking to be diagnosed immediately, and then remedied, before a crucial test or exam.

There are thousands of questions and the adaptive technology checks the thousands of competencies needed across the curriculum to flag any knowledge gaps, and then provides learners with further exercises to practice and master topics. Real time feedback and self-monitoring helps motivate learners and gives them confidence.

Teachers can access learners’ results and progress via reports and then apply hands-on intervention if necessary – or assign further exercises via the platform. The platform will keep recommending exercises to learners to fill knowledge gaps until the teacher is assured the problem has been solved, and the teacher can then close the gap on the platform’s back-end.

Teachers can use Bettermarks® in many different ways to help them monitor learner progress and difficulties, and to assist them in their progress. Features include the option of building worksheets from the question banks and distributing them to all learners – or individual learners – depending on the need. The questions can also be formulated into a test (which prevents tips and textbook access and is password protected). The platform marks all worksheets and tests automatically which saves the teacher a significant amount of time.

One of the outstanding features is that Bettermarks® is developed to test learners’ skills in answering a Maths problem – not just multiple choice. Depending on the question, learners may have to divide blocks into fractions, draw graphs, or indicate points on a number line, amongst many other practical applications.

The teacher dashboard gives a teacher a one screen overview of learners’ progress, and it also conveniently highlights areas in which all learners are struggling, thereby making whole class intervention strategies clear.

This easy-to-use platform is a class act and a true asset to the classroom. Learners pay only R150 per calendar year subscription and teacher access is free with every class set purchased. Request a demo today by emailing za.digitalsupport@macmillaneducation.co.za or calling 011 731 3359.

BRAINPLAY Will Showcase educational aids at Cape Winelands Expo

Brainplaywill be at the Cape Winelands Education District conference/exp on 9 March 2019 and will display a variety of educational products. It may not be possible to show the entire range of over 4 000 products, but one of them that will be on display will be the Foundation Phase Maths Kit. The image below shows some of the items of this kit.

Bettermarks® – Make Maths easy

Having a lot of problems is, well, a problem. When it comes to Maths however, teachers will tell you that you can never have too many problems as practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, learners are often not motivated to practice Maths, as often they feel they will never grasp the concepts, or they don’t know where their knowledge gaps are. This leads to Maths teachers having to spend time on intervention strategies, or for parents to pay for expensive extra lessons which don’t necessarily provide the required direction –  sometimes all learners do is solve problem after problem with the hope that they will eventually ‘get it’.

Enter Bettermarks®, a sharp online platform for Maths that employs very sophisticated technology in order for learners to access personalised learning. Bettermarks® takes adaptive learning to the next level – it is a truly personalised platform which is complimented by how easy it is to use by both teacher and learner.

Closing the gaps

What makes Bettermarks® stand out is that learners get real time feedback at every stage, it gives specific feedback, and even gives the option to access the textbook if necessary. This turns mistakes into learning opportunities as it allows for errors in thinking to be diagnosed immediately, and then remedied, before a crucial test or exam.

There are thousands of questions and the adaptive technology checks the thousands of competencies needed across the curriculum to flag any knowledge gaps, and then provides learners with further exercises to practice and master topics. Real time feedback and self-monitoring helps motivate learners and gives them confidence.

Teachers can access learners’ results and progress via reports and then apply hands-on intervention if necessary – or assign further exercises via the platform. The platform will keep recommending exercises to learners to fill knowledge gaps until the teacher is assured the problem has been solved, and the teacher can then close the gap on the platform’s back-end.

Track and progress

Teachers can use Bettermarks® in many different ways to help them monitor learner progress and difficulties, and to assist them in their progress. Features include the option of building worksheets from the question banks and distributing them to all learners – or individual learners – depending on the need. The questions can also be formulated into a test (which prevents tips and textbook access and is password protected). The platform marks all worksheets and tests automatically which saves the teacher a significant amount of time.

One of the outstanding features is that Bettermarks® is developed to test learners’ skills in answering a Maths problem – not just multiple choice. Depending on the question, learners may have to divide blocks into fractions, draw graphs, or indicate points on a number line, amongst many other practical applications.

The teacher dashboard gives a teacher a one screen overview of learners’ progress, and it also conveniently highlights areas in which all learners are struggling, thereby making whole class intervention strategies clear.

This easy-to-use platform is a class act and a true asset to the classroom. Learners pay only R150 per calendar year subscription and teacher access is free with every class set purchased. Request a demo today by emailing za.digitalsupport@macmillaneducation.co.za or calling 011 731 3359.

A progressive method of teaching mathematics

Master Maths, one of the founding members of ADESSA, has been providing professional maths tuition since 1976. Its unique method of integrating personal contact from tutors with interactive computer lessons sets them apart from other maths tuition services. Lessons are authored by highly competent mathematics teachers who interpret the South African curriculum and convert it into a user friendly and easy to understand format. Lesson content is regularly updated according to changes in the curriculum and CAPS document.Logo - mastermaths

Master Maths provides learners with the opportunity to work through the curriculum at their own pace, and at their own level of ability. Learning is reinforced and evaluated both on the computer and through worksheets, which are done in writing and assessed by the tutors. With better understanding comes improved marks and improved confidence. The end result is a positive, motivated, independent learner who has the opportunity to choose the future he or she wants.

Master Maths covers the entire South African mathematics curriculum for Grades 4 to 12 with more than 154 centres across Southern Africa.  They also offer Master Science for Grades 10 to 12.

Blended Learning for Maths, Science and Maths Literacy

The Blended Learning concept is new to many teachers in South Africa!

One of ADESSA’s members, Maths & Science Marketing, has taken blended learning to the next level, making full use of ICT to enhance the teaching and learning of these critical subjects  in South Africa. The subjects being catered for are:  Grades 1 – 12 Maths, Grades 10 – 12 Science and Grades 10 – 12 Maths Literacy

maths and science pic 2With Blended Learning, teachers and learners can make full use of the various forms of hardware equipment – computers, tablets, smart phones, data projector, TVs and the internet.  These pieces of equipment may then be used by teachers and learners to access any materials and methodology that is available from the Maths & Science Marketing website – all for FREE!

A single page in the Blended Learning programme (and there are at least 300 pages) identifies and isolates a particular topic/chapter and all relevant CAPS aligned material published by MSM on the website, together with what is also available on the same topic from other top-class websites, is all avaiable from one page on the site by means of links to the respective topic on each of at least 6 – 8 other websites!

John Bransby, from Maths & Science Marketing, being interviewed on TV 3 Expresso, about the new Blended Learning for Maths & Science, as well as SABC Eduweek, where he was a guest speaker for 300 Maths & Science teachers in Johannesburg.
John Bransby, from Maths & Science Marketing, being interviewed on TV 3 Expresso, about the new Blended Learning for Maths & Science, as well as SABC Eduweek, where he was a guest speaker for 300 Maths & Science teachers in Johannesburg.