The GMMDC applies its offline Techno-Blended model with development programmes in an integrated way to support quality teaching and learning at secondary schools.

 

The main project implementations include:

  1. Incubator School Programme (ISP) for selected Maths and Science learners

This is one of the flagship projects of the GMMDC.  Since 2015, the Tablet & TouchTutor® assisted learner incubation were successfully employed in six districts the ECP. The Incubator School Programme (ISP) programme for Grades 10-12 learners aims to facilitate access and success at HE for selected learners from under-resourced schools who show potential. A structured 17-week tutoring support programmes on Saturdays supported by 24/7 access and use of a personal Tablet with the TouchTutor® package form the basis of this project. About one thousand selected learners with potential benefit annually from the ISP programme in the ECP.

  1. Tablet-Assisted After School Peer Support (TAPS)

Tablets & TouchTutor® resources are also used to implement structured after-hours mathematics and physical sciences support programmes for learners. These programmes are facilitated informally by teachers at project schools or at central venues (like libraries). The GMMDC trains teachers to implement the TAPS programme at their schools and structured guides are provided assist with implementation. Presentation equipment and digital resources are also provided to serve as resource centres at project schools or at central venues. The aim is to promote self-directed learning after school hours.

  1. Professional Leaning Networks (PLN)

Over the past five years the GMMDC have developed Structured Professional Learning Network (PLN) training and support programmes for in-service mathematics and physical sciences educators. These programmes focus on integrating Technology, Pedagogy & Content Knowledge (TPACK) for classrooms and were offered with great success over the past three years. Both FET (Grades 10-12) and Senior Phase (Grades 8 & 9) mathematics development programmes are currently registered as accredited courses with the South African Council for Educators (SACE).  The PLN programmes currently consist of a series of eight one-day short learning programmes which carry ten official SACE credits each toward the professional development of educators. Plans are in place to register the programme for physical sciences with SACE by the end of 2019.

  1. TouchTutor™ Quiz Support Programme

The GMMDC recently relaunched its cutting-edge mobile application for Android phones. The app TouchTutor® Quiz, which is available free from the Google Play Store, can be downloaded onto phones or android tablets.  It provides mobile access to CAPS mathematics content, self-tests with feedback, multi-language support and even school- or province-based competitions, linked to the Grade 8 to 12 school curricula for mathematics. The app can be used by pupils, teachers and schools anywhere in South Africa and provides access to independent mathematics support anywhere anytime. Over the past five years, the TouchTutor™ Quiz has been used successfully to pilot provincial schools’ mathematics competitions over two rounds for different grades.

  1. GeoGebra for Dynamic Visual Teaching & Learning

The GMMDC has incorporated the use of the open source Mathematics graphics programme GeoGebra in its teacher development and learner support programmes since 2011. Since then the centre has housed an active GeoGebra development group affiliated to a global network of practitioners and education specialists aiming to improve the quality of mathematics teaching with GeoGebra.  The GMMDC has also hosted a series of successful regional GeoGebra conferences (the only such events in SA) for teachers and TVET college lecturers over the past five years. The use of GeoGebra is integrated in the SACE accredited professional development programme for in-service teachers and also forms a central component of the STEAM development programme of the GMMDC.

  1. STEAM Experiential Learning Workshops in Schools

Since 2017, the GMMDC has collaborated with international leaders in STEAM education. The centre also implemented a series of STEAM awareness workshops at secondary  schools in several project nodes of the ECP. This forms part of the strategic initiative to promote STEAM education amongst learners and educators in secondary schools of the ECP. Selected learners and teachers from project schools were exposed to various practical demonstrations and experiential learning activities that were designed to stimulate awareness and interest in applications of mathematics in real-life. Innovative problem solving games and activity kits to stimulate interest in Coding Theory at school level were also integrated into the STEAM activity programmes. Artefacts like tessellation sets and kits to experiment and construct physical models with are also utilized during workshops.

  1.  MATH-ART Competition Project

The GMMDC launched its first pilot Math-Art competition in public secondary schools of the ECP in 2018. The competition promotes the links between mathematics and the arts and facilitates the use of creative skills in problem-solving. The 2018 competition attracted the attention of the organizers of the International Bridges organization with whom the GMMDC had ongoing STEAM collaboration since 2017 via an Erasmus Mundus research project funded by the European Union. The 2018 pilot project was subsequently extended to a national MATH-ART project in secondary schools in 2019 and the response was once again overwhelmingly positive.