This web provides locally relevant, up-to-date information on Cape Town’s lowland ecosystems. Teachers can set research projects on various aspects of this topic, knowing that learners will be able to find information in this resource as well as in the books and websites listed.
To make this information accessible to learners, teachers may schedule research sessions in the computer lab or print
out relevant sections of the information to enable learners to do research in class or for homework.
To foster cooperative learning, the educator can use the information in this web to make up resource packs focusing
on different aspects of the overall topic, which different groups of learners can work on.
Developing computer literacy Thanks to projects like Khanya, most schools in the Western Cape now have at least one computer laboratory. Educators
in all learning areas should be integrating the use of information and communications technology (ICT), especially computers, into their lessons.
This resource provides information, illustrations and computer-based activities that will support the development of a variety of computer skills. These include searching for information, cutting and pasting information, and using information and illustrations to write stories and design posters, brochures, presentations or websites.
The resource is designed as a web so, whether or not your school has a dedicated Internet connection, learners working with this resource will become familiar with web-based formats and conventions. If you are linked to the Internet, you can develop WebQuests for the learners using the websites mentioned in the text. WebQuests are problem-solving
activities that require learners to find information on the Internet. Visit www.webquest.org for more information.
Developing learning support materials Educators wishing to develop their own learning support materials, like class notes, worksheets or identification sheets for field trips, are welcome to use the information and illustrations in this resource. Where possible, line drawings of
the plants and animals have been included as jpeg files so that these can be imported into learning support materials that will be printed out.
Planning field trips The Natural and Social Sciences require learners to undertake fieldwork investigations. There are many venues in Cape Town, from nature reserves, aquariums and botanical gardens to coastal areas and urban open spaces, where you can
take learners on educational excursions. This resource provides information on most of the City of Cape Town’s nature reserves to help you plan your own field trips. It also provides contact details of other organisations and centres that offer guided field trips.
For tips on planning field trips see the section on Environmental Education in the Curriculum.
Getting help Lists of contact details for environmental organisations and the City of Cape Town’s nature reserves are included in Module Six. You are welcome to contact these organisations for further information, help with environmental projects and assistance with fieldwork. Throughout the resource there are links to websites where you can find out more about organisations and projects mentioned.