Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Distance Learning Resources



As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase daily in South Africa, and organisations, businesses, and corporates working remotely, we have gathered all the shared list of resources into one easily accessible blog with those relevant to the South African Curriculum at the top of the list, these resources can be implemented quickly and without any IT specialty.

The resources focus on remote communication, content learning platforms, management systems, and reading platforms.

Here is a curated list for easy access during the COVID-19 outbreak:

South African- related curriculum learning platforms

  • Khan Academy - Free online courses, lessons, and practice.
  • Department of Basic Education - free and available past papers for grade 10-12.
  • Siyavula - Mathematics and physical sciences education aligned with the South African curriculum. Zero-rated on MTN and Vodacom
  • Mindset Learn - education resources and videos aligned with the South African curriculum.
  • 2Enable - structured, curriculum-aligned collection of digital content resources prepared for Primary and High School South African teachers and learners
  • BCX LEARN - Education resources for all grades. Zero-rated with Telkom Sims
  • Vodacom e-School - education resources and videos aligned with the South African curriculum. Zero-rated with Vodacom Sim cards
  • Hey Maths! - A range of rich animated lessons, interactive tools and games for Grade R-12 Mathematics
  • Hey Science! - A range of rich animated lessons, interactive tools and games for Grade 10-12 Physical Sciences
  • Smart Kids - online courses, lessons, and practice for primary schoolers

Management Systems

  • Classroom - Helps classes connect remotely, communicate and stay-organised
  • Moodle Community-driven and globally-supported open learning platform.
  • Schoology - Tools to support instruction, learning, grading, collaboration, and assessment.
  • Skooler - Tools to turn Microsoft Office software into an education platform.
  • Seesaw - Enables the creation of collaborative and sharable digital learning portfolios and learning resources. 

Online Learning Resources 

  • Khan Academy - Free online courses, lessons, and practice.
  • Siyavula - Mathematics and physical sciences education aligned with the South African curriculum. Zero-rated on MTN and Vodacom
  • Mindset Learn - education resources and videos aligned with the South African curriculum.
  • 2Enable - structured, curriculum-aligned collection of digital content resources prepared for Primary and High School South African teachers and learners
  • BCX Learn - Education resources for all grades. Zero-rated with Telkom Sims
  • Vodacom e-School - education resources and videos aligned with the South African curriculum. Zero-rated with Vodacom Sim cards
  • Hey Maths! - A range of rich animated lessons, interactive tools and games for Grade R-12 Mathematics
  • Hey Science! - A range of rich animated lessons, interactive tools and games for Grade 10-12 Physical Sciences
  • Smart Kids - online courses, lessons and practice for primary schoolers.
  • KitKatSchool- Tablet-based learning suite with a comprehensive curriculum spanning early childhood through early primary levels
  • BrainPop - free access to educational resources and videos available during extended school holidays
  • Tynker - Learn to code and mod Minecraft
  • CODE.org - Learn how to code with code.org, a leading curriculum for K-12 computer science.
  • Scratch - free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
  • Udemy - online courses in a spectrum of fields
  • iReady - Interactive assignments for students.
  • Discovery Education - Free educational resources and lessons about viruses and outbreaks for different grade levels.

Online Assessment

  • Kahoot - Game-based learning platform
  • Microsoft Forms- create surveys and polls to collect customer feedback, measure employee satisfaction, and organize team event
  • Google Forms - Create Surveys, Graph Data, And Analyze Results
  • OneNote ClassNotebook - provide individualised support by typing directly into each learner’s notebook

Collaboration / Communication Platforms

  • Microsoft Teams - Chat, meet, call and collaboration features integrated with Microsoft Office software.
  • Skype - Video and audio call with talk, chat and collaboration features.
  • Zoom - Cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars.
  • Hangout Meet - Video calls integrated with other Google’s G-Suite tools.
  • Lark - Collaboration suite of interconnected tools, including chat, calendar, creation, and cloud storage.
  • Flipgrid - Communication platform that supports video conferencing, task and calendar management, attendance tracking and instant messaging.
  • DingTalk - Communication platform that supports video conferencing, task and calendar management, attendance tracking and instant messaging.
  • Outschool - online learning platform with video conferencing in a wide range of subjects.