Butcher

Information about Butcher

Published on September 4, 2007

Author: Goldye

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Slide1:  Defining a Portal:  Defining a Portal A portal can in effect contain any service available via the Internet. Not limited to the Worldwide Web, as it can be expanded to included e-mail services, chat rooms, and other Internet applications not dependent on the Web. Portals cluster together a comprehensive range of potential Internet services that might be delivered to users. Portal seeks to be a ‘starting point’ for web users. What is Thutong?:  What is Thutong? Place of learning - seTswana Thutong is a National Education Portal and aims to be the starting point for South African schooling communities on the world wide web. The portal exists to provide access to a wide range of curriculum and support material. Content is intended to be highly relevant to the lives and learning contexts of South African learners, educators, education managers/administrators, and parents. Resources are quality assured by experts in the education field. Materials are provided at no cost and this is a not-for-profit project. Operational Principles:  Operational Principles Established with long-term growth in mind. Growth in information and communication services offered, Growing user numbers over time, Full range of educational sectors over time. Technical platforms designed to support multiple languages. Given financial limitations of the first phase, however, the language of the portal itself will be English. Ensure that its content is relevant to the lives and learning context of South African learners, educators, and education managers and administrators. Particular attention to aggregating content for learners and educators from disadvantaged schools and particularly rural areas, Available at no cost to end-users, Collect and produce educational resources in a variety of South African languages. Content Services :  Content Services Learners Provide learners with tools to facilitate accurate and pertinent resource discovery (search pages), as well as tools to allow communication with other learners, teachers, and educational experts. Over time, also provide learners with tools that can help facilitate the learning experience – tools like a test/assessment centre, a revision organizer, and resource packaging tool. Educators Provide a range of resources and services to educators. Searchable database of annotated web-based curriculum resources and South African professional development resources for both educators and management. Allow educators to establish online communities by contacting other educators with similar needs and interests. Content Services:  Content Services All educational content is extensively cross-referenced against national curriculum statements, to ensure that learners and educators can find what they are looking for with a minimum of effort. Slide7:  Content Services (ctd):  Content Services (ctd) Policy Focus on making South African schools policy accessible, becoming a ‘one-stop South African schooling policy shop’. Ensure that the latest provincial education policy documents are made available to users. Offer credible summaries of and expert commentary on policy. Encourage users’ policy-related queries and contributions (discussion lists). Showcase South African success stories (case studies). News News and updates about the portal itself. News about the South African school community. Inform, entertain, and inspire users with general schooling-related news items. Users will be offered opportunities to submit their own school-related news. Interact, via moderated online events, with celebrities, experts, DoE, and the like. Content Services (ctd):  Content Services (ctd) Administration and Management Provide resources and other support services for schools to use in improving management and administration capabilities. Focus on school administration and management content, i.e. useful resources/web links. Online communication tools support the Principal and School Governing Body (SGB) forums. Administration and information system – at national, provincial, and school levels. Schools and Communities This service targets parents, communities surrounding schools, school governing bodies, community educators, community learners, and also ‘the community’ in a broader sense. Raise awareness of the importance of community and parent involvement in schools. Resources and communication facilities to encourage community support for schools and learners. Information about opportunities for learning. Information relevant to School Governing Bodies. Thutong Services:  Thutong Services Content Rating – the ability for educators and learners to rate content. Content Alert Services – although most content facilities of a portal require that the user is online, mechanisms for asynchronous interaction will be added to improve the efficiency of the portal. E-mail advisory services indicating that new and relevant content will reduce user frustration and improve use of the portal. Content upload facilities – the portal will contain a separate content pool facility, where resources created by users of the portal can be contributed to the system. To ensure that this does not compromise quality, all such content will be stored as a separate pool from the portal’s quality-controlled content and will be scanned to ensure it is not of a dubious ethical nature. Communication tools – discussion lists offering users the opportunity to have their say, enter into conversation online with others in the schooling community and debate important issues. Thutong Search Facilities:  Thutong Search Facilities Keyword Search –This search facility searches for keywords that appear in document titles, abstracts, lists of keywords, and/or the body of the document/resource text. Thutong Search Facilities:  Thutong Search Facilities Topic Search –This search facility gives users access to a simple A-Z topic search facility. Thutong Search Facilities:  Thutong Search Facilities Curriculum Search –Search by grade, learning area/subject, outcome, or topic/sub-topic. This search facility provides you with all the curriculum resources matching your stated search criteria. Curriculum Search (ctd):  Curriculum Search (ctd) Search for Curriculum resources by outcome or topic Curriculum Search (ctd):  Curriculum Search (ctd) Searching by Topics Curriculum Search (ctd):  Curriculum Search (ctd) Searching by Learning Outcomes/Assessment Standards Curriculum Search (ctd):  Curriculum Search (ctd) Searching by Learning Outcomes/Assessment Standards Search Results Page:  Search Results Page Accessing the Portal :  Accessing the Portal Log onto Thutong and access a wide range of curriculum and support material : http://www.thutong.org.za

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