Africa has a lot to offer and we would like to share this beauty through Minecraft Education Edition. The idea is to ask educators that are using Minecraft throughout Africa to take part in this project. Matt Hains, Zelda Laurie and Amanda Calitz will manage this project and anyone can participate. The final world will be uploaded to the Minecraft Education Edition website and the #AfriJenga will be used for this project.

This is how it is going to work: 

  • Sign up using the registration form. Complete the form here 
  • You will have a certain amount of time to build and then send the world file back to us and we will send it to the next participant. 
  • Please share information about this project on Social media using the #AfriJenga 

Follow us on Twitter:

Matt Hains @TechTeachersZA

Zelda Laurie @ZeldaLaurie

Amanda Calitz @AmandaCalitz


Coding fun with Pauline Maas

We had the privilege of welcoming Pauline Maas from the Netherlands on Friday 1 March 2019. Pauline and I met online when we were both asked to be #MSFTEDUChat hosts in November 2019. After the TweetMeet we stayed in contact. She told me that she is planning to visit a friend in South Africa and I invited her to spend some time with us and the rest is as they say history.

Her day started with #MIEFellow Xoliswa Mahlangu and a Grade 3 class at the Future Nations School in Fleurhof on the outskirts of Soweto. Pauline wowed the learners with her knowledge of the Micro:bit. She has various applications, tips and tricks up her sleeve which entertained the learners whilst they gained new skills.

Her next stop was at the eZone that is based in the School of Therapeutic Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. Here she spoke about computational thinking. She introduced the Micro:Bit once again and also showed the audience other applications. With the MakeyMakey everyone became a human piano.

The last stop of the day was at Fred and Martie’s soup kitchen in Claremont, Johannesburg.

They have started a Coding Club that aims to empower community members. At the moment there are 20 High School learners and 5 adults in the club.

Pauline was there to encourage them to code and to teach them how to use the Micro:bit. Unfortunately there was something wrong with the internet connection and we had to improvise and work offline. We decided to “programme” the students. One student would stand in the front and the rest of the group would “programme” him or her to do certain tasks. (Move forward, stand up, sit down etc) This was done to bring home the idea of algorithms.

The session ended with a Micro:bit competition that Pauline set up and it was enjoyed by everyone.

We would like to thank Pauline for her time and inspiration. We look forward to welcome her again to Johannesburg.

We would also like to thank the Micro:bit foundation for the donation of Micro:bits to the above 3 projects. We can’t wait to show everyone what we’re going to do with it.

For more information about Pauline please visit her website.

Nursing Education Postgraduate students embrace game based learning.

I just love my job and interacting with people. One of the awesome groups that I can interact with is the Nursing Education Postgraduate students. They have started a project where they incorporate game based learning #GBL to their studies. Minecraft Education Edition is the chosen platform.

Students are building a chosen system of the body in Minecraft. They will create a specific mission around it for the player to complete.

None of the students have used Minecraft EE before so it is a learning process for everyone. It is great to see how the students learn from each other. Teamwork and collaboration in action.

More info about #GBL projects:

  1. Minecraft May more info here: https://sway.office.com/3DrFFBbsBfKGF6PE?ref=Link&loc=play
  2. Nursing education Minecraft project more info here: https://sway.office.com/XXgdyJdiBolqSmAx
  3. Occupational therapy Minecraft project more info here: https://sway.office.com/IGPHQSxkATfCuYMb?ref=Link

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.

This article was first published on Linkedin.

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