Have you been to Surfschool?

Wakelet has probably been my best discovery of 2019. It is an awesome tool that is used to curate content in a user friendly way. With the new Surf school that officially opened last night it’s going to be even easier and more fun.

I use Wakelet every day either for research or in classes that I teach. I also include a Wakelet in most of my blog posts.

You are invited to ride the #Wakeletwave with me and become part of the Wakelet family.

For more info contact me or visit www.wakelet.com

https://wakelet.com/@AmandaCalitz

A collection of my Wakelets can be found here

See you in the Surf!!

I would love to play Mystery Skype with your class. You can contact me in
the comments or on Twitter @AmandaCalitz
or @Createandexpand.

Find my #Road2e2 journal here.

My #Road2e2 Wakelet is here.

My #Road2e2 @Flipgrid is here.

Please say Hi in the comments.

Teaching in Sonderwater

This post forms part of the #Road2e2 countdown: 57 Days ’till #e2

Sonderwater is an informal community just outside of Potchefstroom, North West Province, South Africa. I worked here for 2 years overseeing a creche and making sure the 80 kids are fed each day. I’ve always wanted to help people and share the love of Jesus Christ with them and in Sonderwater I had the opportunity to do so. All of this happened in 2005-2006 and on the one hand it was a lifetime ago and on the other it is only a wink away. I am thankful for every child and adult that crossed my path. You always think that you go out to help others but in the end they help you.

When you are in the community where people have to carry water for kilometres and live in shacks and make shift housing you realise that you don’t need much and that you are privileged and blessed.

I want to encourage you to reach out to someone and be touched by their life.

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I would love to play Mystery Skype with your class. You can contact me in
the comments or on Twitter @AmandaCalitz or @Createandexpand.

Find my #Road2e2 journal here.

My #Road2e2 Wakelet is here.

My #Road2e2 @Flipgrid is here.

Please say Hi in the comments.

Sonderwater….nuwe hoop

As jy my vra om oor Sonderwater te praat kan ek vir dae aaneen praat. Ek het eintlik oorweeg om dit Sonderwater deel 1 te noem of iets. Vandat ek kan onthou wou ek al mense help. As ek vir mense kan kos gee en hulle van die Here vertel is ek op my gelukkigste. Toe ek van hierdie projek gehoor het, het ons kos uitgedeel by die watertoring. Vandag dink ek ver terug. In jare is dit nie so ver terug nie maar dit  voel soos ‘n ander leeftyd. 2005 is net ‘n oogwink gelede. Ek is dankbaar vir elke kind wat ek geken het. Elke kind wat my iets geleer het. ‘n Mens dink altyd jy gaan na ander om vir hulle te help. Maar eintlik help hulle jou. Jy leer wat vir jou belangrik is en wat jy eintlik nodig het. My twee jaar in Sonderwater was ‘n voorreg. Ek sal altyd dankbaar wees vir die geleentheid wat ek gehad het om dit te ervaar.

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I would love to play Mystery Skype with your class. You can contact me in
the comments or on Twitter @AmandaCalitz
or @Createandexpand.

Find my #Road2e2 journal here.

My #Road2e2 Wakelet is here.

My #Road2e2 @Flipgrid is here.

Please say Hi in the comments.

An Educator at heart

This post forms part of the #Road2e2 countdown: 58 Days ’till #e2

As a South African citizen I want to see every South African succeed in life. I know that we have all the potential needed to be the best. As a technology educator I believe that it is my responsibility to encourage and assist everyone that I meet to be the best in the current and future world of work especially girls who are chronically underrepresented in the STEM fields to know that they have all the potential and what it takes to succeed to be the best in the STEM field. I have an interest in game based learning and gamification. My goal is to create a space where everyone (focus on women and girls) can collaborate and create games that will benefit Africa. Many of the games that exist today are Eurocentric or Westernized. I want to create games with African characters and story lines.

I have been involved in community projects from a young age. I was lucky enough to have parents that felt the spirit of Ubuntu (I am because we are) I went to Ghana and London in 1997 as part of an exchange programme hosted by Peace Child International(A UN NGO).
As a 17 year old I co-founded a computer school on 1998 with my dad called Answer 2001 in Mafikeng. It aimed to teach digital literacy to High School Students. In 1999 my brother, sister and I won the 3rd place in the South African round of the Thinkquest web design competition (thinkquest.com) In 2006  I won the prize for the best NGO in the Potchefstroom (North West Province, South Africa) region. I headed up the Potchefstroom branch of the Thembalitsha foundation at this time.  As a teacher I have been involved inAstronomy Quizzes and the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. Mentoring students
and teachers on their journey to become scientists. In 2015 I was the Organizer
of the IASC (international asteroid search campaign) a campaign where students
get the opportunity to look for asteroids (partners University of Texas, NASA,
SAASTA, Johannesburg Observatory) in a few local schools as well as neighboring
schools. I was part of the pilot project for Africa Code Week in 2015.
(Africacodeweek.org) Teaching learners how to code using the Scratch computer program.  I was the regional science fair director for the Johannesburg region in 2016 and 2017 organizing the science fair with over 1200 participants. In 2016 I coached the South African silver medal winners of the World Robotics Olympiad. (Primary Open Category) and in
2018 I coached the South African Gold and silver medalists (Primary Open Category) as well as the Bronze medalists (Junior High Open Category) 

 

 

 

I am happily married to an amazing husband. We have two awesome dogs. We enjoy being out in the country. I am a very creative person always on the lookout to learn a new skill.

Life is a journey and it is what you make of it.

I hope that you will linger next to the road with me every once in a while-hopefully with a cup of coffee in hand.

Amanda

I would love to play Mystery Skype with your class. You can contact me in
the comments or on Twitter @AmandaCalitz
or @Createandexpand.

Find
my #Road2e2 journal here.

My
#Road2e2 Wakelet is here.

My #Road2e2 @Flipgrid is here.

Please say Hi in the comments.

#Road2e2 60 days ’till #e2

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It is 60 days until I will be in Australia meeting awesome educators from around the world!!

I went to do the biometrics for my Visa today. I am very impressed by the people at the biometrics office.

Friends and colleagues have started responding to my Flipgrid and I appreciate everyone that responded.

It is amazing to witness the excitement of educators and it gives me hope when I see that educators are excited about the students that they teach. As Emma Naas says: The future of the world is in your classroom today.

Find my #Road2e2 journal here.

My #Road2e2 Wakelet is here.

My #Road2e2 @Flipgrid is here.

Please say Hi in the comments.