Exciting news!!!! We have the privilege to be invited to this years #EDUDays at the Microsoft Offices in Bryanston next week. Last year was a great success with many opportunities to learn, network and most importantly play!!! Follow the #EDUDays on Twitter for all the latest news.
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.
Ek was gelukkig om twee ouma’s te ken. Ouma Millie is ongelukkig oorlede toe ek in Standerd 7 was. Ouma Betsie het my gelukkig gelukgewens met my 30ste verjaardag. Sy was ‘n ware rolmodel vir ons almal en ons mis haar baie.
Milo was Hawie se hond. Sy was baie oulik en ek was baie lief vir haar. Toe sy ‘n baba was het Hawie met haar in sy fiets se mandjie by die huis aangekom. Sy is dood net na Michael Jackson toe ek in Rusland was.
Soos ek reeds genoem het het ek antiversie van die heupe. Dit gebeur wanneer die heuppootjies nie reg uitdraai nie. Ek onthou dit was baie seer en baie warm. Ek was in gips tot by my bobene, Ek onthou my ma wat mooi na my gekyk het. Op ‘n stadium kon ek op my gipsbene begin loop het en het vooroor op my maag geval, My ma was daar om my op te tel 🙂