Monthly Archive for May, 2009

Embed 2009 – The second day

More pupils from different schools around the Maltese islands once more came to visit the Embed exhibition and workshop being held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana. The pupils together with their teachers are spending an interesting day, from 9am to 1pm, visiting all the various stands set up by each college and also by some private entrapreneurs offering educational hardware and software. The pupils are also experiencing a number of hands-on workshops as we can see from the collection of photos taken today at the exhibition.

Mr. C. Fenech being interviewed about the Stopmotion Animation workshop

Mr. C. Fenech being interviewed about the Stopmotion Animation workshop

In the meantime the students’ press continued interviewing organizers and participants throughout the whole day. The exhibition was honoured today by the presence of the Director General DQSE, Ms. Grace Grima and the Director General DES, Ms. Micheline Sciberras. Both director generals have been interviewed and the recording can be found in the Embed 2009 wiki.

Embed – Best Use of ICT Practice Awards 2009

Today, at the Excelsior Hotel, the Embed 2009 exhibition & workshops was launched! This is an initiative of the Curriculum Management and eLearning Department, part of the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education. The European theme for this year is Innovation and Creativity and thus this initiative helped in promoting this theme throughout all the schools, whilst embedding ICT tools in our teaching and learning experiences.  “eLearning is changing education and the pace of change is accelerating with each new tool,” Emmanuel Zammit, Education Officer for eLearning at CMeLD, says, “Digital tools are continuously developing to give teachers and students the potential to adapt and change the way teaching and learning occur.”

 

Student interviewing Mr. R. Camilleri - Director Curriculum Management and eLearning

Student interviewing Mr. R. Camilleri - Director Curriculum Management and eLearning

Embed – Best Use of ICT Practice Awards 2009 is an exhibition of good eLearning practices by Maltese schools, both primary and secondary schools. The 10 colleges around the Maltese Islands have participated through various activities and over 500 projects are being exhibited. eTwinning is part of this exhibition too, featuring projects which have been awarded the national quality labels in the past scholastic year.

Pupils visiting the eTwinning Projects exhibition stand

Pupils visiting the eTwinning Projects exhibition stand

The Primary eLearning Peripatetic teachers played an important role in this exhibition. They have been working from the beginning of the year with the school teachers willing to participate in the Embed exhibition to help pupils create various ICT resources and materials through the use of different software available to them on the classroom pcs or online freeware. Each year group focused on a particular application or software:

  • Year 1 pupils – Kid Pix Deluxe and/or Tux Paint – to create digital pictures through these painting programmes
  • Year 2 pupils – Microsoft Power Point – to create presentations
  • Year 3 pupils – Microsoft Photostory – to create short video clips
  • Year 4 pupils – Picasa – to manipulate and edit digital photos and create posters or collages
  • Year 5 pupils – WordPress – to create a collaborative blog
  • Year 6 pupils – Audacity – to create a radio programme
Pupils visiting St Nicholas College's stand

Pupils visiting St Nicholas College's stand

Pupils visiting Gozo College's stand

Pupils visiting Gozo College's stand

Secondary school participated on their own initiative and contributed their material for the exhibition.

Apart from the 10 stands which were set up by each college, some private companies offering educational ICT products and services are also present. These include stands for interactive white boards, interactive tables and educational games such as game consoles or robots.

Pupils visiting the Lego robots stand

Pupils visiting the Lego robots stand

 

Pupils visiting the Design and Technology stand

Pupils visiting the Design and Technology stand

 The Design & Technology section also put up their own stand with various digital technology. All the stands are interactive. A number of pupils from all the schools around the Maltese Islands have been invited to visit the exhibition and take part in the various activities around.

 

The podcasting workshop

The podcasting workshop

In addition to the exhibition there are also some workshops where the pupils are having hands on experience with some software or hardware exhibited.

Mr. W. Attard presenting the Stopmotion Animation workshop

Mr. W. Attard presenting the Stopmotion Animation workshop

Pupils working in the Stop Motion Animation workshop

Pupils working in the Stop Motion Animation workshop

Pupils making plasticine figures for animation

Pupils making plasticine figures for animation

Amongst these workshops, there are the Claymation and Stopmotion Animation workshop and the Photostory workshop sponsored by eTwinning. 

Ms. T. Gatt helping pupils creating their photostory

Ms. T. Gatt helping pupils creating their photostory

Pupils working on Photostory

Pupils working on Photostory

This event will be held on three consecutive days with more than 750 pupils visiting the exhibition and participating in at least three formal workshops.

On Thursday evening the Awards cermony will also be held. This cermony will award the best use of ICT across the curriculum which have participated in Embed 2009 and best collaborative projects in eTwinning.

eTwinning had launched the application for the National Awards in the end of April and during this cermony the best three in the primary and in the secondary category will be awarded. National Quality Label Certificates will also be awarded to those eTwinners who have obtained this award.

A team of students from two secondary schools are interviewing and filming participants and organizers and reporting about the exhibition through edited videos on the Embed 2009 wiki.

The student press team filming an interview

The student press team filming an interview

The main sponsors for this event are: eTwinning, Microsoft, Excelsior Hotel, IMS, Smart, Promethean, Exigy, Forestals, Intercomp and Smart Technologies.

Summer eTwinning Course

course-001eTwinning will be conducting a course during the summer months for teaching staff interested in getting to know more about online collaborative projects and software which could be used to create different media for class project work.

The main aim of this course is to help teachers and students to collaborate with European teachers using innovative methodologies. The course will cover the eTwinning Portal, working with digital still images and digital videos, digital animations, presentations, authoring software and audio and video conferencing.

Duration: 8 sessions of 3 hours each

Requirements: Basic knowledge of the Windows XP, Computer Awareness

To apply for this course go to: http://courses.skola.edu.mt/apply-now/ and fill in the form or download the pdf version and send it by post to Christine Cachia Enriquez, eLearning Centre, Great Siege Rd, Floriana VLT 2000 or by fax on 25982306.

The Course Code is: TWN and the Course Title is: eTwinning: Online collaborative projects

eTwinning National Awards 2009

national-awards-logo-09-copyMalta’s eTwinning National Awards are back! Every year, eTwinning organizes a national contest for the best eTwinning projects of the year. This year we shall be accepting applications for projects which took place during this scholastic year and even during the past one. Please note that each participant can submit up to two projects.

Projects that are submitted need to have been granted the Quality Label. If you still haven’t applied for it, you are still in time to do so. You can apply for this certificate from My Projects section within your eTwinning profile. Click on the Apply for a Quality Label link, fill in the form and submit it. The more material and information you can supply together with the application (soft or hard copies), the better it will be for us to evaluate your good work.

All projects will be evaluated by a panel of teachers and those short listed will be invited for the eTwinning National Awards ceremony which will be held in conjunction with the Embed – Best ICT Practice Awards 2009.

The evaluation criteria will be:

  • The European dimension of the project
  • The amount of cooperation and collaboration between the partners
  • Innovation and creativity of the project’s activities and results
  • The use of ICT within the project activities and in their documentation
  • The outcomes and benefits of the project
  • The integration of the project into the curriculum
  • The project’s sustainability

The National eTwinning contest will be divided into two categories – Primary Schools and Secondary Schools. 

1st Prize: €250 voucher sponsored by Forestals
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2nd Prize: Dell A928 Photo Print-Scan-Copy sponsored by Intercomp
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3rd Prize: HP PhotoSmart C4280 Printer sponsored by Smart Technologies

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You can submit your project/s by filling in the application form (one per project) and sending it by hand or by post to:

Jeannette Cardona (or Josianne Micallef, secretary)
National eTwinning Coordinator
eLearning Centre, DQSE, CMeLD
Great Siege Road
Floriana VLT 2000

Or by email to:

jeannette.cardona@gmail.com

Projects may be submitted till Monday 18th May 2009

Circular CMeLD 131  by Mr. Ray Camilleri (DCMeL) has been sent to all primary and secondary, state and non-state schools.

Two more countries join eTwinning

cromagsmallWe are pleased to announce that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Croatia have now joined eTwinning.

Read more on the eTwinning Portal…

PDW Report – Bratislava, Slovakia – Primary & Secondary Teachers

Report by Nadine Micallef

Between the 24th and 26th April 2009, Jacqueline Frendo and I set off to Bratislava in Slovakia for a european professional development workshop about eTwinning. More than 80 primary and secondary teachers from 22 different European countries met together to share and learn ideas from each other.

  Continue reading ‘PDW Report – Bratislava, Slovakia – Primary & Secondary Teachers’