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September 30, 2016 / by Adam Reynolds /

Physics exam questions

We have started to adapt exam questions into dynamic questions on Intelligent Practice and we’re pretty excited about this. The process is an interesting one and we thought we’d share the approach taken by our Education Technology team in producing one of these questions. In this post we’ll take a look at a specific example of a typical exam question that we’ve adapted. We’ll expose how we handle definitions, questions and diagram drawing. We’ll also take a look at some of the thinking that goes into incorporating variability into the questions as well as the philosophy behind our worked solutions.

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August 25, 2016 / by Megan Beckett /

Finishing school is a big deal, but then what?

We have constant requests and questions from learners (and also teachers), either in person, over email or social media, for information about post-school and bursary opportunities (mostly related to Maths and Science, given our focus). It can be very overwhelming and confusing, and learners often don't even know where to start. Our mission is to empower learners and teachers in Maths and Science so that they can access these opportunities and realise their own potential, plus the potential of Maths and Science in the world around us.

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June 22, 2016 / by Kate Davies /

The importance of images in chemistry

While there are many tangible chemical properties, the underlying reasons for these macroscopic properties can be abstract. Understanding requires a knowledge of what is going on at a level that is impossible to see with the naked eye. Subtle differences can meaningfully impact the properties of materials we use every day.

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April 25, 2016 / by Megan Beckett /

Soweto Science Centre workshop

We are excited to have kicked off a new partnership with the Soweto Science Centre to integrate the use of Intelligent Practice into their after school support and tutoring programme for learners from Soweto and the surrounding regions.

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March 31, 2016 / by Eric Gulbis /

Properties of a maths question

A new group of algebra questions has just been added to Intelligent Practice for Chapter 8 in Grade 9. This group covers an important set of knowledge and skills - simplifying expressions which include a product of two binomials. And it spans substantial complexity.

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March 10, 2016 / by Gina Sulprizio /

Siyavula and IkamvaYouth join forces

Siyavula is proud to announce that we have begun a pilot project with IkamvaYouth through sponsorship from the Capitec Foundation.

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March 08, 2016 / by Mark Horner /

Siyavula Education recognised at KINSES2016

Siyavula Education was selected as one of "five promising start-ups in Asia and Africa that are disrupting the education status quo with a mix of technology and innovative business models."

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February 04, 2016 / by Gina Sulprizio /

Our year on the road: The Intelligent Practice Project

Our work with the Vodacom Foundation’s Mobile Education Schools Programme brought us deep into seven of South Africa’s nine provinces. We visited schools in the Cape Winelands and in and around Mamelodi, Gauteng. We drove through thunderstorms in the highveld of ThabaNchu, Free State. On more than one occasion we rented 4x4s to take us on dirt roads outside of Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal. We also travelled on dirt roads near Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape, but that was done in a Chevy Spark. Needless to say, with our adventures we learned a few lessons along the way.

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January 28, 2016 / by Megan Beckett /

Ready for 2016!

After a refreshing Summer holiday, we all came back and kick started 2016 by first reflecting on last year, reviewed what worked, what didn't work, for us as individuals and as a company, set our goals and we're now ready to take on 2016. Here's a summary of some of the happenings at Siyavula and further afield.

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August 10, 2015 / by Megan Beckett /

Taking action with Intelligent Practice

Implementing a new strategy, teaching practice or technology into the classroom can be exciting, but also challenging and time consuming. We recognise and appreciate this. Which is why we have recently put together a set of ideas and guidelines on how to effectively use Intelligent Practice, both in and out of the classroom.

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