About Createandexpand.co.za

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

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My name is Amanda Calitz and I have a keen interest in game based learning and gamification. I am currently working in the field of health sciences education.

I grew up in Mafikeng, Bophuthatswana, South Africa and went to High School and University in Potchefstroom. After being a teacher for 13 years I joined WITS University last year. I have taught students from 4 years old- Post Graduate students. These students came from rural, inner city and township areas. I taught in private and public schools. I am currently a lecturer at WITS as well as a Masters of Health Science Education Student at WITS focusing on Game Based Learning. I am a Microsoft in Education Expert, Microsoft In Education Fellow, Microsoft in Education Expert Trainer and is part of the Global Minecraft Mentor Program. I believe that people need to be met where they are and she loves to see the spark in someone’s eye when they ‘get’ something for the first time.

In 2019 I had the opportunity to work on my Masters in Game based learning and with it came a lot of game playing and experiments in Minecraft E:E. I was invited to be a #zaedu host on a TweetMeet about game based learning.

Being selected as a Microsoft In Education Fellow for the second year was an honour and with it came fun #EduDays and #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets. Being on the #Road2e2 journey with a few educators was also a privilege.

Becoming a Wakelet ambassador was a surprise and an honour.

Professional roles

  • Educator/Lecturer
  • Trainer
  • Microsoft Minecraft Global Mentor
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE)
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow

For more information about me go to my LinkedIn profile or go to this Sway.

Twitter @Createandexpand or @AmandaCalitz