Red Cap advanced training

I am ready for Day 2 of 3 of the Red Cap advanced training. It is a deep dive into this research platform.

I’ve only used Red Cap since September 2018 and can see that the possibilities with this platform is endless. Can’t wait to share this knowledge with lecturers and students.

If you are doing research and are looking for a secure environment to collect your data Red Cap is the answer.

Read more about Red Cap here.

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Only a few more sleeps before the #EduDays at @MicrosoftEduSA

The #EduDays that will be hosted in Johannesburg South Africa is next week!! Can’t wait to see all my #EdTech friends and make a few new ones.

I have learnt a lot at last year’s event. You can find photo’s from that event here

Become an #MIEExpert today and stand a chance of joining us next year. Find more information about the programme here.


#MIEExpert #MicrosoftEdu #Microsoft #MIEFellow

Nurses can use Minecraft E:E in the classroom

Zelda Laurie and Amanda Calitz created a poster presentation around their experience with game based learning and Minecraft in the classroom.

They won the poster competition at the ANEC conference hosted by the Nursing Educator Association(NEA) in South Africa. You can visit NEA’s website here.

Using Minecraft Education Edition In the Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Curriculum at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa

Occupational therapy focuses on promoting health and wellness through the therapeutic use of everyday occupations. Individuals who live in rural less-resourced contexts experience unique challenges with daily tasks such as bathing, cooking and doing laundry, as amenities such as water and electricity are frequently not easily available. Occupational Therapy students are currently trained to assess the occupational needs of communities using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) techniques, including transect walks and community mapping.  To assist the students with the preparation for their community work a rural village in Minecraft Education Edition was created.  Students had time to navigate through the world and see what a rural dweller needs to go through daily to fetch water.

The game creators were challenged by the fact that a lot of the materials that they needed to build an authentic rural village with wasn’t available in Minecraft and the Resource packs needed to be edited to fill the needs of the building. For example, a roof made from sheets of corrugated iron needed to be developed.

The students immersed themselves in the game and associated with Arabang, the main character. As many students grew up in cities and are unfamiliar with the demands of rural lifestyles, it is hoped that exposure to a simulated rural Minecraft world will contribute to preparing them to deliver contextually relevant occupational therapy services.

The project lead is: Jennifer McAdam  @jennife08118989 and the lead game creator is Amanda Calitz. @AmandaCalitz

The project was done at the #Wits_eZone and @eFundanathi was very supportive.

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