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Science and Maths Video Tutorials – Progress

Introduction

With high school maths and science as the initial focus, hello tutor is an online video tutorial learning platform which harnesses the power of the internet. Through crowdsourcing, we seek to deliver high-quality educational content to learners in a convenient and cost-effective way.  Hello tutor is an education eco-system which through the use of technology brings together tutors and learners effectively and efficiently in a manner beneficial to both parties.

Potential

hello tutor’s unique design means it is both easily replicable and highly scalable and as such is able to impact the lives of millions. This remains the core vision of hello tutor. In the 18 months of being “live”, hello tutor has amassed over 1400 video tutorials in English, Zulu and Afrikaans across maths and science from grade 8 to grade 12 and touched the lives of over 5000 South African learners. During this period, over 700 tutors have registered on the platform.

In addition to the teachers who register independently, hello tutor also pursues partnerships with leading schools as a means of growing our tutor population. Through school group scheme agreements, selected schools use hello tutor as an outsourced flipped/blended learning platform at no cost, and in so doing make high-quality video material available to the greater hello tutor-student community. This serves to further enhance our video library and will facilitate the addition of other subjects, notably English, Geography and Life Sciences to our high school coverage in the near future and many more over the medium term. It is through partnerships such as these, as well as with the general tutor population, that we see the available video content continuing to grow (currently growing at approx. 100 videos per month) and diversify.

Its a numbers game…

hello tutor as a platform thrives on high volumes of users -the more tutors involved, the more video material is generated across various subjects, in multiple languages and in a variety of styles. The more students using the site, the more videos are watched and the more the tutors are rewarded. It’s a win-win system with few constraints (no classrooms, no operating hours) that has the potential to change the face of education in developing markets, starting here in South Africa, and bring the highest level of teaching to learners from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

Models

Middle to Upper LSMs

For the middle to upper LSM hello tutor-student population accessing the platform through the internet, each video lesson can be purchased for R2 and watched repeatedly within a 48-hour time period at no additional cost. Once expired it needs to be purchased again. For this group, the Internet-based resource works well as it enables learners to revise and catch up using local curriculum aligned video lessons from any smart device. From a cost perspective too, the cost of one extra lesson with a private tutor equates to between 150 and 250 video lessons on hello tutor! On this option, there are no registration costs or subscription costs. Learners simply pay per video they purchase.

Hello tutor has recently introduced a subscription option which provides learners unlimited access to all content on the system for R49 per month.

Lower LSMs

For the vast majority of South Africans, the cost of each video lesson, getting credit onto the system and broadband requirements to watch streaming video represents an obstacle to accessing our educational library. To solve this problem, hello tutor partners with the public and private sector to bring hello tutor hubs into previously disadvantaged areas around the country.

What is a hello tutor hub?

Essentially, a hello tutor hub comprises a server loaded with a version of the online hello tutor library of lessons. This enables the following;

  1. Servers provide learners at schools and within community centres with unlimited access to the math and science video tutorial library through any smart device;
  2. Because all interaction with hello tutor is done through local wi-fi there is no need for internet connectivity which means no data costs;
  3. Local hubs are super-fast and enable streaming of content throughout locations i.e. all classrooms within a school;
  4. Local hubs allow between 50 and 100 learners to stream different video content simultaneously;
  5. Because no internet is required, hubs can be put in rural locations. This ensures no-one is excluded;
  6. Hello tutor hubs and the students accessing them still benefit from the organic and ever-growing nature of content on the online system.

Achievements

Here are some of the notable developments since the Britehouse (Dimension Data) / hello tutor collaboration began in late 2015;

  • The number of high school math and science videos, all from leading South African teachers, made available through the platform has grown to over 1500 videos;
  • Of the 1500 videos, 300 grade 10 to 12 maths and science videos are in Zulu providing many learners with the opportunity to understand maths and science concepts in their own language (currently a further 200 Zulu videos ready to be uploaded);
  • The hello tutor video library continues to grow by over 100 videos per month;
  • Over 80% of the maths topics included in the NSC high school maths syllabus are covered by video material on hello tutor. The full syllabus will be covered by June 2017;
  • Both the 2014 and 2015 NSC matric maths final exam papers and the 2015 NSC matric science final paper have been covered by our tutors. Each question is answered in video tutorial format and allows learners to gauge their readiness for the exam. Not only are they able see whether they get the answers correct or incorrect, but exactly where they are making mistakes.
  • Leading South African Schools including St Mary’s, Waverley and prominent publishing house Via Afrika have engaged with hello tutor and begun contributing video tutorials to the platform. This has enabled us to broaden the scope of the platform into new subject areas such as geography as well as extend the maths coverage down to grade R.

Footprint

Britehouse (a division of Dimension Data) have through the #67DayDigitalActivation movement pioneered the installation of hello tutor hubs in five under-privileged schools around South Africa. These schools include Sunrise Secondary School, Diepsloot; Kwena Molapo Comprehensive Farm School, Lenasia; Shumayela High School, Umlazi; Zwelibanzi High School, Umlazi and Newhaven Secondary School in Chatsworth. In terms of adoption, since the project began with the installation of the first servers in April 2016, hello tutor has seen the registration of over 650 individual learners in the five schools across the country. Amongst these learners, there have been over 2 500 sessions and 7 000 video tutorial lessons watched through hello tutor with, in many cases, a session including more than one learner watching a video.

The average session duration across the first four schools in 2016 was 26.7 minutes highlighting the fact that in many cases videos were either watched multiple times or multiples videos were watched per session. In 2017, we have seen this figure increase to over 39 minutes per session further highlighting the value learners are finding in the system.

With much of January and February 2017 being spent settling into the school year, we are delighted to see system usage picking up again.

Impact – Maths and Science

It has been extremely rewarding and inspiring to witness and contribute to the dramatic improvement in the matric results at two of the biggest adopters of the hello tutor hubs. These schools include Kwena Molapo High School in Lanseria and Shumayela High School in Umlazi. At Britehouse’s flagship school, Kwena Molapo High School a 100% matric pass rate was achieved for the 2016 year. Over 50% of students achieved bachelor passes and a further 38.75% receiving diploma passes.

Shumayela Secondary School situated in the heart of Umlazi improved their matric pass rate from 57% in 2015 to 84% in 2016 (an all-time record for the school) with a 100% pass rate in science.

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Through the integration of hello tutor into these under-resourced schools, teachers are also able to leverage the wealth of information provided by the video tutorials. They can also draw upon the expertise and methodologies of teachers around the country in their own teaching and lesson planning.

The Vision

Our vision for hello tutor in 2017 and going forward is as follows;

  • To increase the number of hubs from 5 to 50. And then, to have a hello tutor hub within 5km of every South African. This will ensure every learner has access to the highest quality learning material within a reasonable walking distance;
  • Develop a mobile application which will allow learners to not only access hello tutor at hub sites, but be able to take it home with them;
  • To continue to develop and expand our video tutorial library across grades, subjects and particularly languages. This, to achieve an eco-system of learning material as rich and diverse as the people it aims to serve;
  • To reward more and more educational professionals. We do this by providing them with a real passive income generating option and amplifying the impact which their teaching has; and,
  • And finally, doing all of the above in a commercially sustainable manner ensuring the platform has the necessary longevity and sustainability to continue to serve South Africans and other learners for generations to come.

The Dream

It is our dream to have hundreds of hubs scattered around the country each delivering unlimited, “free to the consumer” access to high-quality educational content while still benefitting from an organically, constantly growing, internet leveraging platform. With each hub having the capacity to support thousands of learners at each school or tens of thousands when used centrally by a community, hello tutor provides a very real means of bridging the gap in the level of education received by privileged and underprivileged learners in developing countries. Britehouse, our main corporate sponsor, was awarded the prestigious SA Biz Awards CSI initiative of the year accolade at the end of 2016 for their support of and collaboration with hello tutor in developing a high impact, replicable and easily scalable means of bringing education to the people.

Conclusion

hello tutor seeks to remove inequality from education. It does so by tapping into the substantial pool of, what is for many, inaccessible teaching talent in developing markets and efficiently delivering educational content to those in need. Our unique and innovative solution allows us, through collaboration with philanthropic organizations in the private and public sector, to bring to thousands of under-serviced learners, educational video content of the highest order. With hello tutor’s design enabling rapid scalability, it’s non-reliance on internet connectivity and it’s cost effectiveness, our vision is to take the current hub network from 5 to 50 before the end of 2017. In the not too distant

With hello tutor’s design enabling rapid scalability, it’s non-reliance on internet connectivity and it’s cost effectiveness, our vision is to take the current hub network from 5 to 50 before the end of 2017. In the not too distant future, we hope to have a hub within walking distance of every South African. The journey thus far has been an extremely fulfilling, rewarding and enriching one (for all involved). It’s been one which has benefitted learners who through circumstance have been put on the back foot early on in life. Most importantly though, one which has just begun…

Exams Approaching – MATHS and SCIENCE video lessons!

Year-end exams, here we come…

October sure has snuck up on us and all high school students should have an eye on the end of year with a good feel for how prepared they are for exams. It’s a time when parents begin to fret too placing additional emphasis on academics in order to secure the best results possible. To this end, the tutoring market is one which gets really busy providing learners across South Africa with the additional help they need, filling in gaps they may be struggling with and brushing up on concepts across the maths and science syllabus.

It’s also at this time of year when the number of learners using hello tutor increases dramatically as learners take advantage of the 24/7 nature of the platform and the clever way the syllabus has been arranged to make finding relevant content easy. With over 1500 maths, science, accounting and geography videos, hello tutor has become the “go to” for 1000’s of learners able to access the platform anytime, anywhere.

Maths and Science

Maths remains the website’s focal point with the vast majority of content falling into this subject. Content covers everything from the building blocks covered in grade 8 namely;

  • data handling;
  • measurement;
  • number, operations and relationships;
  • basic algebra;
  • patterns; and,
  • functions

to the more complex categories of

  • trigonometry,
  • calculus,
  • analytical geometry,
  • probability, and,
  • functions

which constitute the core of the matric syllabus.

 

Exams are upon us

Thousands of videos just like this one…

 

Past Exam Papers

In addition to the above, it is hello tutors’ three years of past exam papers,  covered in the form of video solutions, which have proved the most popular on the platform and the biggest drawcard for matric maths students. What better way to prepare for exams?

 

So whether trigonometry tests you, calculus makes you crazy or derivatives drive you mad, hello tutor has all the solutions and looks forward to helping you achieve your potential at the end of the year. From all of us on the hello tutor team, head down, it’s the home straight to a long summer break!

 

Registration is free and you can sign up here. As seen on Momentum’s Education360.

New content every month!

New content every month

hello tutor content growing every month!

With a multitude of tutors uploading content, hello tutor’s library of video material grows at approximately 100 video lessons a month. Here are the titles of the latest videos uploaded over the last fortnight;

  • Skryf ‘n repeterende getal as ‘n egte breuk m.b.v. konvergerende meetkundige reekse;
  • Gauteng Departmentele Voorbereidende Eksamen Sept 2015 Graad 12, Vraag 3;
  • Gauteng Departmentele Voorbereidende Eksamen Sept 2015 Graad 12, Vraag 2;
  • Gauteng Departmentele Voorbereidende Eksamen Sept 2015 Graad 12, Vraag 1.2-1.4;
  • Gauteng Departementele Voorbereidende Eksamen Sept 2015 Graad 12, Vraag 1.1;
  • Introducing Algebraic expressions and factorising common factors;
  • Column method multiplication;
  • describing 3D objects;
  • Divisibility rules and practice;
  • Division;
  • Factors, Grouping and Sharing;
  • Fractions;
  • Geometric Patterns;
  • Multiplication using a table;
  • Prime factor trees;
  • Reflection symmetry;
  • Rounding off;
  • Using factors to multiply;
  • Adding decimals using the vertical column;
  • BODMAS;
  • Estimating Capacity;
  • Measuring Capacity.

This new content covers math topics from grade 6 to grade 12 and is all conveniently categorised by our system to make finding what you’re struggling with super easy.

Because we don’t yet have videos for every single topic covered in the school maths syllabus, we do request that you send us an email whenever your questions are not answered by one of our videos. We then distribute that information amongst our tutor population and have a video posted within 48 hours.

From all of us at hello tutor, have a great week!

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hello tutor subscriptions now available!

hello tutor users exploring the library of content and benefitting from subscriptions

hello tutor subscriptions now available!

We are pleased to announce that hello tutor has added a subscriptions option where R49 per month provides learners with unlimited, unrestricted access to all of our learning videos. And, if you sign up before the end of January 2017, you’ll get one-month free. Yes, the whole of February 2017 – absolutely FREE!

So, R49 per month for unlimited, unrestricted access to 1400 maths and science videos (with a few accounting and geography videos too). All you have to do is either;

  1. Send us an email at enquiries@hellotutor.co.za using the promo code HTMC17SUBS and we’ll send you the application form or,
  2. Contact us through the contact page on the homepage (subscribe here) and quote the same promo code (HTMC17SUBS).

It’s that easy.

1st habit to becoming an excellent maths performer

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This is the first in an eight part series by Mrs Maths of tips to becoming a star maths performer!

Active Learning

Become involved in your own learning process.

Prepare yourself for class by reading ahead. During lessons, try to predict the next steps before the teacher writes them down and have a notepad or book ready to quickly take note of anything new you learned each day.

If you watch a teacher do Math perfectly every single day in class – that will not make you a performer, you have to get your brain actively involved in the process and practise the Math on your own as well.

If you watch someone doing Math, the only thing you will become good at, is watching someone do Math. This statement is true. Roll up your socks and jump in! By being involved, by being active in your learning, you can become the master of Mathematics. The one who always knows the answer! The excellent performer.

Remember: Every Master was once a beginner!

Orientation Video 1: Finding relevant material on hello tutor

Once you have created your profile on hello tutor, click the search button under the video tab on the left hand side of your screen(see image 1 below). This will take you to the search video page from where you can access and search through our library of content. Remember, each time you buy a video, R2 is deducted from your credit, but you can watch the video over and over at no extra cost for 48 hours. Videos which you have purchased and still have access to sit in the “watch” folder as seen below (image 1)

Credit can be added using either a voucher which can be purchased from us or by using a credit card through our secure Payfast channel. This can be achieved either by clicking the “Vouchers – Load New” tab or “Credit Card Payment” as illustrated in image 2 below.

Image 1: Click the search button as seen above to access the hello tutor video library
Image 2: Illustrating the different channels through which credit can be loaded onto the system
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How to make your very own video content on hello tutor

Make you on video lessons on hello tutor

Introduction

Are you an aspiring educator? Do you want to make high-quality video lessons that are able to teach learners in the far corners of the globe? Well, making slick, well rehearsed, video content to put online is a valuable skill that will help you educate the world. In this blog post and linked video, I am going to give you a holistic introduction into how to make your very own online video content. The video will also go through an example from beginning to end.

1. Decide what you are going to teach.

You are probably here because you have a passion for the subject that you teach. So you probably know exactly what you want to teach, but we need to dig a bit deeper into what you are going to teach. Firstly, once you have picked a subject of interest, you need to know your audience. Ask yourself some of these questions, are your viewers young, old, what is their attention span? Do you need to make 2min videos with lots of animations, or 20min videos packed with information? Have you researched the type of videos people in your audience watch? 

Once you know who your audience is, ensure you follow a syllabus, or structure of some sort. If they are learning Grade 8 mathematics in South Africa, make sure they are learning exactly what they need to. Maybe you are just making an educational video on something that interests you, that’s great! Ensure viewers know that!

Lastly, I encourage you to start small. Practice making concise video lessons explaining one specific concept brilliantly. Make your video the best on hello tutor explaining one small topic, from there you can start interlinking your videos to follow on from one another. This will grow your audience, quality over quantity. 

2. How are you going to teach?

There are three main presenting styles to consider when making an online video. A video could also be a hybrid of a couple of types of presentation styles. There are:

i) Lecture style – Being filmed in front of a white/blackboard and giving a lecture. Whole body is being filmed. Natural for teachers.

ii) Tutoring style – Having your work pad filmed on either a workbook or computer. Typically only your hand will be filmed while it teaches the subject. Often filmed using a camera pointing down onto your desk. This is the khan-academy style.

iii) Animation style – This is a labour-intensive method often involving good editing software. This can be done on a power-point presentation and talking over it. This is a great method when animations can help explain how a chemical reaction works or how a car works etc.

3. Equipment and Software

Different equipment and software are needed depending on your video style. 

F=Free, FT=Free Trial 

If you are making a lecture style video lesson, ensure you use a good lapel mic, but you can get away with free movie editing software. Tutoring style is perhaps the easier cheaper of the methods to get started with. Using a mic is always a good idea. If you have access to an iPhone its mic is brilliant. Ensure you know how to edit out the noise in your audio using a program like Goldwave. Using something like a writing tablet can add a new dimension to your videos, this is easily bought online. If you want to try the animation style, start off with something like powerpoint. Ensure you set your slide size to a 16:9 ratio as this is what most youtube videos are made in. 

For a much better example on how to make an online video, ensure you watch below.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gEmdBNySnE)

Matthew Henshall

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What exactly is hello tutor?

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hello tutor – the abridged version

Education is the cornerstone

2015 has seen hello tutor grow from an idea and a dream into a living, organic online platform with multiple stakeholders all contributing towards its growth and benefitting from their involvement in different ways. For us, our learners, tutors and corporate sponsors are the heart and soul of hello tutor and our growth and further development during 2016 is reliant on adding participants to each of these categories. This article serves as an abridged overview of what hello tutor really is, how it works, who it benefits. Most importantly it points out how unique a model it is with the power to revolutionise education!

Why hello tutor?

Because without education we have nothing. Without education, we cannot build, let alone sustain, the democracy that many fought so hard for. A healthy democracy requires a healthy society and one of the foundations of a healthy society is a strong education system for all.

What is hello tutor? What’s an online platform?

hello tutor is a gateway, a platform of opportunity and a channel through which the vast population of South Africans who are willing and able to teach and impart knowledge can effectively and efficiently reach learners from all walks of life. In the South African setting, while our content is used by all learners, there is a specific focus on learners from disadvantaged backgrounds who, through circumstance, do not receive adequate tuition in their formative years.

Through our unique crowd-sourcing model we are able to provide literally hundreds of teachers and tutors with the opportunity to do what they love on a daily basis with the significant upside of being able to create a residual annuity type income stream unlike any other. We pay our tutors R1 every time their video is purchased by one of the registered students. Some of our teachers have already built video libraries of over 100 videos – if each video achieves 100 purchases a month that equates to R10 000 residual income per month… forever! It is the uniqueness of our model, it’s organic nature and ability to leverage the power of crowdsourcing content, that sets us apart.

What exactly is hello tutor?

How?

The past decade has seen significant developments in the number of people able to access the internet, from the cost of hardware to the price and penetration of wireless data. We still have some way to go before everyone is connected to the world wide web, but recent developments on this front mean that significant numbers of people are “connected” and where people are not connected, hello tutor has ways and means of giving learners access to the video learning library on our online platform!

Mission?

Finally, our mission, simply put, is to ensure that everyone has a chance. That anyone who wants to learn, can do so, ideally in their own language. We want to take away excuses, level the playing field and provide each and every South African with equal opportunity to reach their dreams.

Welcome to hello tutor – let’s teach each other!

One of hundreds of maths video tutorials in our online library

Here is an excellent example of a maths video tutorial uploaded by one of our leading tutors. Videos such as this are available on demand and can be purchased for only R2.00. Each purchase buys you the video for 48 hours of viewing. If you compare to the cost of an extra lesson it’s a real no-brainer. We would love to hear you thoughts on this and other content on hello tutor.