WELL-KNOWN AUTHOR AND EDUCATOR, MARK PHILLIPS, HAD A DREAM ...
AND THIS IS IT - THE MINDBOURNE VISION ... !!
THE MINDBOURNE VISION
In 2019, well known author, Mark Phillips, together with his team, launched Mindbourne
, a brand-new range of Mathematics and Advanced Programme Mathematics textbooks. An online video portal
was also developed containing videos covering all the content in these books.
Mark’s vision for Mindbourne was birthed out of the realisation that the use of technology and online learning
is fast becoming the new paradigm in education. Through online resources, learners are now taking more responsibility for their own learning, but still under the guidance of their teachers
, who will always remain at the forefront of the educational process.
Educational principles such as differentiated learning, problem-solving
and the flipped classroom approach
can now be realised through the powerful medium of online tools.
The vision of Mindbourne is to create educational products that align with this new educational methodology. The Mindbourne products will enable teachers and learners to embrace the demands of education in the 21st century. Mindbourne is essentially a stepping-stone from the old to the new
THE MINDBOURNE TEXTBOOKS
• The Mindbourne textbooks are based on the current syllabi for both the IEB and DBE
• The online video lessons allow learners to study certain topics online
. This will enable teachers to complete the syllabus earlier, allowing more time for revision at the end of the year.
• The examination focus exercises
at the end of each chapter contain a large variety excellent revision and challenge examination-type questions that will prepare learners in their preparation for the final examination. Learners can attempt these exercises and then check their answers using the video lessons, under the control of the teacher.
THE MINDBOURNE VIDEO PORTAL
• The use of the textbook together with video lessons based on the content of the book leads to structured and reliable online learning
that is relevant to the syllabus. The online lessons will also prepare learners for the demands of tertiary education, which requires a great deal of online independent study.
• Teachers can motivate learners to use the video lessons by creating online tasks that count for marks
, based on their customised lesson plans.
• The video portal has a teacher control facility
which allows teachers to control which lessons may be viewed by their learners. This will prevent learners from abusing the system by copying homework solutions from the portal without first having attempted the questions on their own. The teacher can enable or disable
any of the lessons on the video portal.
• The video lessons allow for differentiated learning
. This means that the stronger learners can work ahead of the class by using the video portal. They can move on to the more challenging questions faster and have the solutions available at any time, at the discretion of the teacher. Less strong learners can use the video lessons to master the basics.
• Learners who are absent for classes due to sickness or other commitments can catch up lessons online
• If an educator falls behind with the syllabus
due to unforeseen circumstances or disruptive school activities, some content can be given to the learners to watch online. This will assist in getting back on track with the syllabus.
• The video lessons are ideal for revision before exams
• The video portal is ideal for new teachers
wishing to master the concepts and examples.
• Should a school be without a Mathematics teacher
for some time, the learners can keep up to date with the syllabus by using the video portal. Learners can watch the video lessons under the supervision of an adult during normal school lessons. This is a dream come true for the Head of Department or Principal!
THE TEACHER RESOURCE PORTAL
• The resource portal contains a large variety of examination questions
and marking guidelines which teachers can access. These questions are available in the different fonts used by the DBE and IEB. They are also available in WORD format so that teachers can copy, paste, and adapt selected questions when setting their own assessments. New questions will be added to the portal every year.
• Supplementary notes
are available which contain additional notes as well as practice and extension questions. For example, the laws of logs will soon be included in the IEB. There are notes and questions on this topic in the resource portal.
• The video tutorials
are ideal for new teachers wishing to improve their understanding of certain topics.
THE MINDBOURNE ACADEMY
• Advanced Programme (AP) Mathematics
is an additional enrichment course studied by learners wishing to pursue tertiary courses requiring a sound knowledge of Mathematics. The course offers advanced topics such as Calculus, Statistics and Mathematical Modelling.
• The Academy offers a three-year course
in AP Mathematics starting from Grade 10. In Grade 12, learners are required to write a final examination set by the IEB. Learners who pass the course will receive a certificate from the IEB which can be included with applications to study at university.