Welcome to createandexpand.co.za. I will share experiences of my life in South Africa as an educator that loves edtech and game based learning.
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About Amanda Calitz
I am a leader that connects people by building bridges through strong communication and technology. From a young age, I’ve been involved in community projects. The first project I can recall was when I involved all the kids on the farm in a paper recycling project that created material to make a fire to cook food and generate heat- I was 14 years old when we started.
I became an educator because I love to see the spark in someone’s eye when they “get” something for the first time. I approach teaching using the blended learning approach that is grounded in connectivism. I place an emphasis on game based learning. My goal is to give everyone an opportunity to be the best they can be. I am an experienced educator and have taught students from preschool – postgraduate level in various settings – from rural Eastern Cape, North West, Sandton to Soweto. I see my career goal to encourage and equip educators to be the best version of themselves so that they can reach future generations. “Ke utlwela botlhoko” is a SeTswana idiom that rings true to me. It means- directly translated- I feel your pain in my heart. I make a point to get to know people’s backgrounds and always try to find the reasons behind people’s actions. I have empathy and I identify the need of the teacher (scholar/educator) through a Just-in-time approach to providing a holistic delivery of training and support. I lead by example and aim to give people space to grow without taking away their responsibilities.
I have a keen interest in game based learning and gamification as well as simulation. By gamifying learning and implementing game based learning approaches I have overcome many of the problems that are faced in classrooms today. I share teaching practice with scholars and educators in such a way that they can implement it in their setting. Training sessions are left with a toolbox of activities to implement in both under resourced and highly resourced learning spaces. “Moenie die wiel herontwerp nie.” is an Afrikaans idiom that translates to “do not reinvent the wheel” Learning from mentees and mentors (and this not reinventing the wheel) is an important part of my journey and I see myself as a lifelong learner.
In my current role I equip lecturers in Health Science Education with skills to guide them to adopt teaching practices that incorporate 21st century pedagogy. I have knowledge of RedCap, Moodle, Office 365, Google suite, MaxQda, Mendeley and various apps that are used in Health Science Education.
I am a Microsoft in Education Fellow, Microsoft in Education Master Trainer, Minecraft Education Edition Global Mentor and part of the 2020-2021 cohort of Emerging Leaders as part of the Techwomen program. Inspiring Fifty cohort 2020.
For more information about me go to my LinkedIn profile
Twitter @Createandexpand or @AmandaCalitz