#Road2E2 on hold

I was super excited to have been selected to go to E2 in March 2020 but then Covid-19 hit and all of us had to stay home. We all had to venture into a new reality and remote learning became a reality for many of us.

During the #Road2E2 countdown I’ve met many interesting people while being on the #Road2E2. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy being an #MIEExpert. The camaraderie and that I am part of a greater community and that advice is only a message away.

Having had the opportunity to attend E2 in Singapore in 2018 I was excited to go again. This time as MIE Fellow. A friend that I made through the MIEExpert programme Pauline Maas were also invited and I looked forward with meeting up with her again.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused many events to be cancelled or postponed. I am a firm believer that everything works out the way it should. We need to stay calm and not lean on our own understanding. Please share some of your experiences in the comments.

MIEExpert Applications for 2020-2021 closing on 15 July 2020.

Being an MIEExpert has been one of the most rewarding Professional journeys that I’ve been on and I believe that it is beneficial to any and every educator no matter what age group or subject you teach.

It has opened up career opprtunities for me and has made me a better educator. I would like to encourage you to nominate yourself.

Tips for preparing your application:

1. Join the Microsoft Educator Center and complete your profile. Make sure that you are a Certified MIE to become (or stay) an MIE Expert.

2 When you create your video or Sway that answers the questions be creative, honest and provide evidence (in the form of pictures for example.) Share what your favourite Microsoft technologies are. Sharing is caring- explain in your presentation how you are helping your colleagues to be better teachers and what you plan to do in future.

You can find more infromation in this post from the Microsoft Educator community. I’ve also created a Sway with more info for you. If you need any further assistance feel free to e-mail me at amanda.calitz1@outlook.com

How Wakelet can be applied in Higher Education.

I recently had a discussion with someone and found myself listing all the uses that Wakelet can have in Higher Education. I thought that I could list them here for the benefit of everyone that reads this post.

Curating information.

A big part of University life is research and academics are always reading and doing research. I find that Wakelet is an awesome tool to curate information (Tweets, YouTube videos, articles) that can be found on the Internet. It is easy to go back to it and helps to eliminate time that was used to look for something.

Create a newsletter or e-mail

When a newsletter is needed for research or a project Wakelet is a great tool to create it. Even when you need to send an e-mail with links and images a Wakelet can be created and then sent to the recipient. I think it makes it more user friendly and is visually more pleasing than a list of links in an e-mail.

Teaching and collaborating.

In Higher Education we teach and collaborate and Wakelet is a great tool to do that too. More than one person can work on a Wakelet together and it is great for information sharing as explained above.

I am sure that there are many other uses of Wakelet in Higher Ed and I would love it if you could share some of them with me in the comments.

I’ve embedded a Wakelet below with examples of the elements that I’ve discussed.

My #Road2E2 Singapore 2018

I was introduced to the MIE programme in 2017. It was the answer to a lot of my professional development needs because I LOVE to learn and explore. Little did I know that this journey would take me to the other side of the world and introduce me to a whole family of like minded people willing to make a difference. This Sway is a few of the highlights of E2.