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These guidelines will guide learners to register as a learner on the ePortal.

  • On the WCED ePortal website, click on the REGISTER button in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  • Select, I'M A LEARNER
  • Register as a learner on the next window by adding your name, surname, email and password created by yourself.
  • Tick, I AM NOT A ROBOT
  • Click the, CREATE MY EPORTAL ACCOUNT button
  • If you do not have an email address, select the DONT HAVE AN EMAIL? link and follow the steps to create an email address. You can choose between a Microsoft: Mahala account or a Gmail account. Then return to the Registration tab and complete your registration.
  • An email will be sent to your registered email account. Please verify the correctness of your account by selecting the link provided in the email.

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These guidelines will guide learners to set up their profile on the ePortal.

  • Select the name of your school and grade. You can change your profile background colour and add your profile picture.
  • Complete your learner profile by adding your subject offering at school. You need to register a minimum of seven subjects, but can register a maximum 10 subjects by clicking on +. Subjects may be selected in any order. When completed click on SAVE CHANGES.
  • Note the changes to the ribbon displaying MY DASHBOARD and MY PROFILE. You can change TERM when searching specific content.
    • MY DASHBOARD: go here to make changes to your profile, i.e. subject choices, etc.
    • MY FEED: go here to let subject eResources find you!

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  • Once logged into your ePortal account, select MY PROFILE on the ribbon.
  • Here you can make changes to your profile, i.e. subject choices, etc.
  • Once logged into your ePortal account, select MY DASHBOARD on the ribbon.
  • You will see resources grouped according your subject choices entered in on your profile.
  • More resources are constantly released.
  • When you try to sign into your account on the SIGN IN page, a forgot password link is present across the SIGN IN button.
  • Click on the FORGOT PASSWORD link.
  • Enter your registered email address or username and click EMAIL NEW PASSWORD.
  • An email with further instructions will be sent to your registered email address.

These guidelines will guide learners to login on the ePortal.

  • Remember to log out by clicking on the SIGN OUT button.
  • When logging in next time click on the SIGN IN button. Reset your password by selecting the FORGOT PASSWORD? Link. An email with instructions will be sent to your registered email address.

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Here is a link to the Grade 12 Support Frequently Asked Questions.

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  • On the WCED ePortal website, click on the REGISTER button in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  • Select, I WANT TO CONTRIBUTE
  • Register as a teacher on the next window by adding your name, email and password created by yourself.
  • Tick, I AM NOT A ROBOT
  • Click the, CREATE MY EPORTAL ACCOUNT button
  • An email will be sent to your email address to verify your account and complete your registration.

The WCED welcomes all registered users and owners of quality educational content to share resources on the ePortal.

  • Register as a contributor and upload content via the ADD AN ERESROUCE functionality.
  • A confirmation of the contribution will be sent to the uploader to acknowledge the contribution.
  • The eResource undergoes a two-step verification to ensure content relevance and curriculum compatibility before being published to the ePortal.

See a printable DIY guide here

  • Once logged in to the WCED ePortal click on your name on the top right corner to access your profile page.
  • All contributions will be listed with an indication whether the eResource find itself in the workflow.

These guidelines will guide registered uploaders to contribute eResources to the WCED ePortal by retagging them correctly according to the curriculum requirement.

  • Click on https://wcedeportal.co.za or copy the URL and paste in your browser.
  • Sign in with your registered credentials (Username and Password).
  • The profile page will be displayed: (Alternatively, click on your name - e.g. HELLO TOD - displayed in the top right corner of the page to access your profile page.)
  • Select ADD A RESOURCE in the HOME ribbon.
  • The user lands on the eResource selection page and needs to select CURRICULUM (allows tagging according to the three subject categories of every subject).
  • Once the user lands on the CURRICULUM page:

    • CLASSIFICATION reaffirms that the eResource belongs to CURRICULUM.
    • Add the title of the eResource.
    • Upload a screenshot of the eResource. (Please do not use the WCED logo as an icon, but create an original screenshot.)
    • Describe the eResource in full sentences. The description provides an overview of the eResource and assists the user in determining its relevance.
    • Upload the eResource and provide a link where applicable.
    • Price is automatically set as FREE. Untick if necessary.
    • Add the tagging keywords. Start with the phase, grade and subject in that order. One grade per phase can be selected or all grades in that phase can be selected. Once SUBTOPIC is selected, the MAIN TOPIC and TOPIC will appear automatically. TAG ALL LANGUAGES apply to HL, FAL and SAL.
    • Select the relevant School term. Note that more than one term can be selected.
    • Select the appropriate language.
    • Select the appropriate audience. Note that more than one type can be selected.
    • Alignment is permanently set as CAPS aligned.
    • Add the date of publication.
    • Copyright information should be selected with a description in the space below. TERMS AND CONDITIONS is a new addition and should be selected after being downloaded and read. Add the author and publisher. Add another author if necessary.
    • Select SAVE to finalise the uploading of this eResource.
    • A message appears on the screen to indicated that the eResource has been uploaded. An email is sent to the uploader to confirm that the eResource has been received and will be assessed and reviewed before publication.
    • The user could return to the ADD A RESOURCE page to upload another eResource.

    See a printable DIY guide here

  • Select BROWSE on the ePortal ribbon.
  • Select your GRADE and SUBJECT from the dropdown list and scroll through the content provided.
  • Click on TOPICS to refine the search. (in the example below ASSESSMENTS were selected.) Once selected you can sort the content by selecting an option on the dropdown arrow (Latest, Popularity, A to Z or Prize).
  • Further refine the search by selecting any of the options listed in the left side bar (for example the language of your choice).
  • Select the item by clicking on the title or the thumbnail.
  • In case of a document, you can either read the document online, or download it and read off line.
  • In case of a video, you can either watch the video online, or download it and watch off line.
  • Browse to the ePortal.
  • Select your grade and subject and scroll through the content.
  • Select ASSESSMENT in the TOPIC drop down list.
  • Once selected you can sort the content by selecting an option on the dropdown arrow (Latest, Popularity, A to Z or Prize).
  • Further refine the search by selecting any of the options listed in the left side bar (for example the language of your choice).
  • Select the item by clicking on the title or the thumbnail.
  • In case of a document, you can either read the document online, or download it and read off line.

Related content will be on display in the right sidebar and will show content that may be relevant to your search.

  • A curriculum resource is any resource that can be directly linked to the CAPS of a specific subject and grade that would assist with teaching and learning.
  • All resources uploaded to the WCED ePortal are mapped according to the CAPS or provincial subject pace setters.
  • An assessment resource is any resource that can be linked to an assessment activity of a specific subject and grade that would assist with teaching and learning.
  • This features can also be sued to contribute eResources that is applicable for a term, semester or year, e.g. a test, exam, text book, etc.

These guidelines will guide registered uploaders to contribute eResources to the WCED ePortal by retagging them correctly according to the assessment requirement.

  • Click on https://wcedeportal.co.za or copy the URL and paste in your browser.
  • Sign in with your registered credentials (Username and Password).
  • The profile page will be displayed: (Alternatively, click on your name - e.g. HELLO TOD - displayed in the top right corner of the page to access your profile page.)
  • Select ADD A RESOURCE in the HOME ribbon.
  • The user lands on the eResource selection page and needs to select ASSESSMENT (allows tagging according to terms).
  • Once the user lands on the ASSESSMENT page:

    • CLASSIFICATION reaffirms that the eResource belongs to ASSESSMENT.
    • Add the title of the Assessment eResource.
    • Upload a screenshot of the eResource. (Please do not use the WCED logo as an icon, but create an original screenshot.)
    • Describe the eResource in full sentences. The description provides an overview of the eResource and assists the user in determining its relevance.
    • Upload the eResource and provide a link where applicable.
    • Price is automatically set as FREE. Untick if necessary.
    • Select the tagging keywords. Start with phase, grade and subject in that order. One grade can be selected per phase or all grades in that phase can be selected. TAG ALL LANGUAGES apply to HL, FAL and SAL.
    • Select the relevant school term. Note that more than one term can be selected.
    • Indicate whether the assessment eResource is an informal or formal assessment. A short description guides the user.
    • Select the appropriate audience. Note that more than one type can be selected.
    • Select the appropriate language.
    • Alignment is permanently set as CAPS aligned.
    • Copyright information should be selected with a description in the space below. TERMS AND CONDITIONS should be selected after downloaded and read. Add the author and publisher.
    • Select SAVE to finalise the uploading of this eResource.
    • A message appears on the screen to indicated that the eResource has been uploaded. An email is sent to the uploader to confirm that the eResource has been received and will be assessed and reviewed before publication.
    • The user could return to the ADD A RESOURCE page to upload another eResources.

    See a printable DIY guide here

Once an eResource has been uploaded to the ePortal it undergoes a two-step verification process.

  • After the eResource has been uploaded to the ePortal, an assessor checks the eResource for copyright infringements, verify links, etc. The assessor may return the eResource to the Contributor for minor changes. The assessor may decline the eResource in case of copyright or ownership challenges.
  • The eResource is then reviewed by the senior curriculum planner to check for curriculum relevancy and suitability. The senior curriculum planner may return the eResource to the Contributor for minor changes or decline the eResource in case of irrelevant curriculum content.
  • Once the senior curriculum planner approves the eResource, it will be published on the ePortal.
  • An email will be sent to the Contributor to indicate the process flow of the uploaded eResource.
  • Go to your profile page and search the eResource in your list of contributions.
  • Select the eResource and double clink to access it.
  • Select EDIT to make changes and resubmit.
  • Your user rights might not allow you to edit contributions. Please contact the webmaster via the CONTACT US facility to request editing.

The WCED grants users permission to access and use the ePortal Website and the Content for educational and non-commercial purposes.

Users may not:

  1. distribute, disseminate, publish or broadcast any portion of the e-Portal Website, or the Content, without the express, prior written approval of the WCED;
  2. change or modify any portion of the e-Portal Website, or the Content;
  3. interfere or circumvent any security or control features of the e-Portal Website, or Content;
  4. use the e-Portal Website, or Content, for commercial purposes;
  5. collect or harvest personal data of any other User, Content supplier or the WCED from the e-Portal Website, or the Content; and
  6. transmit, distribute, reproduce, broadcast, copy, display, transfer, sell, license or exploit in any manner any portion of the e-Portal Website, or the Content, for any purpose without express, prior written approval from the WCED or where appropriate the respective licensors of the Content.

Contributors should acquaint themselves with the Terms of Use Policy of the WCED as displayed on the ePortal.

Every eResource can be rated using the star rating option in the bottom left below every eResource.

  • You can share the eResource on social media by using the social media options available below the eResource.
  • eResource can be shared via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Sign in with your registered credentials (Username and Password).
  • Select ADD A RESOURCE in the HOME ribbon.
  • Select ASSESSMENT (allows tagging according to the three subject categories of every subject).
  • Add the title of the Assessment eResource.
  • Upload a screenshot of the eResource.
  • Describe the eResource in full sentences. The description provides an overview of the eResource and assists the user in determining its relevance.
  • Upload the eResource and provide a link where applicable.
  • Price is automatically set as FREE. Untick if necessary.
  • Select the tagging keywords. Start with phase, grade and subject in that order. One grade can be selected per phase or all grades in that phase can be selected. TAG ALL LANGUAGES apply to HL, FAL and SAL.
  • Select the relevant school term. Note that more than one term can be selected.
  • Indicate whether the assessment eResource is an informal or formal assessment. A short description guides the user.
  • Select the appropriate audience. Note that more than one type can be selected.
  • Select the appropriate language.
  • Alignment is permanently set as CAPS aligned.
  • Copyright information should be selected with a description in the space below. TERMS AND CONDITIONS should be selected after downloaded and read. Add the author and publisher.
  • Select SAVE to finalise the uploading of this eResource.
  • A message appears on the screen to indicated that the eResource has been uploaded. An email is sent to the uploader to confirm that the eResource has been received and will be assessed and reviewed before publication.
  • The user could return to the ADD A RESOURCE page to upload another eResource.
  • Contributors should preferably only upload content that was created by themselves.
  • Any content which infringes upon the Intellectual Property Rights of any other person or entity may not be contributed to the ePortal and will be removed from the ePortal by the WCED.
  • Where due the contributor should ensure that they provide adequate recognition for the use of information and other inputs to the content from other sources.
  • Contributors should acquaint themselves with the Copyright and Plagiarism Policy of the WCED as displayed on the ePortal.

“Intellectual Property Rights” means all intellectual property rights of whatever nature, including

  • all patents and other patent rights, including divisional and continuation patents, utility models;
  • rights in and to inventions, whether patentable or not;
  • rights in trademarks, service marks, logos, slogans, corporate, business and trade names, trade dress, brand names and other indicia of origin;
  • rights in designs, topography rights, rights in circuit layouts and mask-works;
  • copyright, including all copyright in and to computer programs;
  • rights in internet domain names, reservations for internet domain names, uniform resource locators and corresponding internet sites;
  • rights in databases and data collections;
  • know-how, show-how, trade secrets and confidential information, whether or not registered

Contributors should acquaint themselves with the Terms for Contents Providers of the WCED as displayed on the ePortal.

A typical email address consists of three components, and all three are equally important - that is, if you want your message to be received by the right person. If a component is missing, you will either receive an error message or send the email to an unintended party instead.

  • Username: The first part of an email address is the username. This is the unique name that you chose. This can be your real name or a nickname.
  • @ Symbol: An "at" or "@" symbol is the second part of an email address. This fits in betweeen the username and the domain of your email address.
  • Domain: The last part of an email address is the domain, which can be broken down into two portions: the mail server and the top-level domain. The mail server is the server hosting the email account, for example: gmail. The top-level domain is the extension, such as .com, .net or .info.

To sign up for Gmail, create a Google account. You can use the username and password to sign in to Gmail and other Google products, like YouTube, Google Play and Google Drive.

  1. Go to the Google Account create page.
  2. Follow the steps on the screen to set up your account.
  3. Use the account you created to sign in to Gmail.

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Create your own email account HERE.

Here's how to set up a Microsoft Outlook email address:

  1. Go to accounts.microsoft.com
  2. Select Sign in
  3. Choose Create one!
  4. If you need to create a new email address, choose Get a new email address,and then follow the instructions.

You won't be able to get a certain email address if the username you requested is:

  • Already being used
  • Very similar to an existing username (e.g if [email protected] already exists, you can't use [email protected])
  • The same as a username that someone used in the past and then deleted
  • Reserved by Google to prevent spam or abuse
  • Send and receive emails and notifications to stay up to date with tasks, assignments and school events.Access your email from anywhere online, on any device with a modern browser.
  • Categorize and sort your emails the way you want, so you can find things quickly and easily.
  • Enjoy an inbox with unlimited storage.
  1. Only share your address with people you know.
  2. Tell your friends never to share your address without your permission.
  3. Not every email you get is written by a person.
  4. Emailing is not texting.
  5. There’s a difference between reply and reply all.
  6. Understand how threaded email works.
  7. Never to use BCC.
  8. You can delete emails, you know.
  9. Never send any message that you wouldn’t want next to your photo on the front page of the New York Times.
  10. Please use punctuation. And remember the word YOU is written with three letters.

Here are some safety tips when using email:

  • Create a strong password. To protect yourself and your information, you'll want to use passwords that are long, strong and difficult for someone else to guess while still keeping them relative easy for you to remember.
  • Change your password regulary and keep it in a safe place.
  • Do not share your password with anyone.
  • Do not open attachments from anyone you do not know.
  • Log out or sign off from your account when you have finished looking at/sending your email.
  • Do not reply to spam or forward chain emails.
  • Keep your personal information personal - do not share bank or credit card information.
  • Look out for malicious emails (they may look like they have come from a financial institution, an eCommerce site, a government agency or any other service or business).
  • Enable filters on your email programs and report spam.

Most content is available at no cost to the user, but some eResources will take you the publisher’s online store to purchase the item should you be interested.

Select the CONTACT US facility and add your detail as well as your request.

Zero-rating is the practice of not charging customers for data use on specific websites and services by Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile service providers (MSPs). Typically, zero-rating is the process of providing subsidised digital content and/or access to the Internet at no charge to the user. One of its key objectives is to increase access to online information and resources for users who cannot afford the costs of data.

Source: https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/zero-rating

With the education sector continuing online studies under the COVID-19 lockdown, the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has outlined directions on zero-rating of content and Web sites for education and health as published.

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The Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions published in Government Gazette no. 43413 on 05 June 2020 (as amended) include the following regulations:

Zero-rating criteria for Basic Education sector

The following websites qualify for zero-rating subject to approval by the National Department of Basic Education (DBE):

  1. DBE and Provincial Education Departments’ (PED) websites/portals;
  2. Local websites offering free access to educational content resources;
  3. Local commercial websites that offer all learners unconditional or free access to educational content resources or offer parents or learners direct access to their respective schools’ teaching and learning content resources;
  4. Websites of educational institutions registered with the 9 PEDs; and
  5. Websites of educational institutions accredited by Umalusi.

An application for the approval of zero-rating of websites for the Basic Education sector must be submitted to-

Although the regulations do not define “zero-rating”, it is generally taken to mean that a user accessing a zero-rated website will not be charged for traffic to that website, and will be able to access that website even if they have no data remaining. For access services that have a cap, zero-rated sites will be accessible to users even if they have exceeded that cap.

Zero-rating of local websites is only one tool to promote improved access to education. By itself, zero-rating only assists citizens who need to access specific zero-rated sites. It has some limitations even then. Generally, embedded content on a website (such as videos, or external images) will not be covered by zero-rating, as it is not hosted on the zero-rated server but on a third-party server which is not zero-rated.

Zero-rating local websites also does not solve more general problems of affordable access to video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, or access to non-local content such as specific YouTube videos, or particular Google Drive documents useful to learners. Operators cannot distinguish educational use of services and platforms from commercial or entertainment use, and are thus unable to zero-rate educational use of the Internet in general.

The ability of an operator to implement zero-rating depends significantly on the technical limitations of their underlying network architecture. This means that each operator’s approach may be different.

Some fixed line operators implement zero-rating by listing the IP address of the sites in a proxy server or by accounting for traffic to those IP addresses differently. In some cases, this is a relatively simple process, and can be done based just on the domain name and IP address.

Some mobile operators implement zero-rating using deep packet inspection. This allows for more nuanced zero-rating of content within a website, but poses challenges for secure sites, and the process for adding each new site to the zero-rated list is more time consuming. It also requires website operators to provide more technical information, and even changes to their website configurations.

Some operators cannot implement zero-rating at all. They have no technical mechanism for differentiating traffic to a particular local website from any other website. These operators have generally dealt with zero-rating simply by removing all caps on those services for the duration of the crisis.

The content of the ePortal falls into three categories:

  • Resources hyperlinked to a third party (e.g. a video linked to YouTube), which will never achieve zero-rating status;
  • Resources hyperlinked to a third party (e.g. Siyavula, African Storybook), which has been zero-rated;
  • Resources contributed and “physically uploaded” to the ePortal content repository in Google Drive (e.g. weekly lesson plans), which will not be zero-rated under the current legislation.

If you have a COVID-19 or local education content website that you would like to apply to have zero-rated, please complete this application form and then submit it to one of the following three Departments:

Department of Basic Education (DBE)

Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

Department of Health (DOH)

In addition, please copy your application to:

Some operators require additional information (ports and SNI) to be able to successfully implement zero-rating for a website. Asking for all of the required technical information up-front means that all operators can swiftly implement zero-rating once the application is approved.

Once your application is approved by the relevant Department, the details you provided on your application form are added to the list of zero-rated sites, and operators are notified of the addition. This is usually done within 24 hours of approval. Once listed, It takes several days for zero-rating of a site to be implemented across all networks.

Operators are required to zero-rate local websites. In order to qualify, a website must be hosted on a server located in South Africa, rather than be hosted internationally or on some form of cloud-based platform. Some operators have voluntarily zero-rated sites which fall outside of these limitations, but they are not required to do so.

The regulations do not specify that a “local educational content website” must be operated on a non-profit basis, and some educational sites operated on a commercial basis have been included on the list. However, not all operators have agreed to zero-rate these sites.

Please note that there will be a delay between an approved site appearing on the list and implementation of zero-rating across all networks.

The current list of zero-rated sites is available here:

List of zero-rated sites

Connecting to the internet via a phone can use a lot of data or airtime but there are a lot of ways to reduce the amount you need to spend.

Note: This applies to Android devices only e.g. Samsung, Huawei. The instructions below might be slightly different for various phones and models.

  • Always buy a data bundle
  • Turn off/restrict background data
  • Turn off App auto-update
  • Only listen to music or watch videos on a WiFi connection
  • Use lite apps
  • Connect to WiFi where ever possible
  • Turn off 4G
  • Access the internet using an optimised browser
  • Download Gmail attachments on Wi-Fi only
  • Monitor or disable data hungry apps
  • Buy a dual-SIM phone

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When an app or website is #datafree it means NO DATA is taken from your airtime or data bundle balance.

Arrangements with mobile network operators have been made in South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia and Uganda so our advertisers can pay for the mobile data that you use.

These networks are MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom in South Africa; MTN and Airtel in Nigeria; and MTN in Cameroon, Zambia and Uganda.

Learn more about #datafree