Monthly Archive for July, 2009

eTwinning Summer Course

Two courses are being held this summer entitled eTwinning: Online Collaborative Projects. These courses, among many others, are being organized by the Curriculum Management and eLearning Department and are being held at the eLearning Centre’s labs in Floriana.

The eTwinning course will give a detailed overview of the eTwinning portal and help teaching staff to enrol in this action, find European partners and start off collaborative projects. It will also run through a series of free online applications one can use to make collaborative projects more interesting and innovative.

The course is based on 8 sessions; 6 at the eLearning Centre, and 2 virtual meetings. A course wiki will also be available for participants where they will have each session’s outline and resources including video tutorials, samples and notes. Each session has a number of tasks to practice the applications mentioned during the meeting.

Course certification will be given upon 75% attendance. This includes active participation in at least one of the virtual meetings and participation and collaboration in each session’s tasks.

The first group meets on Wednesdays from 13.30 till 16.30 and started on the 15th July, whilst the second group meets on Mondays from 9.00 to 12.00 and will be starting the first session on the 3rd August. Anyone wishing to join this group is still welcome. If interested please contact Jeannette Cardona on

eTwinning: Thoughts for the summer…

Here are a few things you can do this summer before the new school year begins:

  • Update your Profile: Take the summer months as an opportunity to update your personal and school profiles with a photo of yourself, your project ideas for the next school year, etc. In case you have changed schools, age level or subject area, you can also update this without having to re-register.


  • Apply for an eTwinning Quality Label: If you were a partner in a successful eTwinning project during the 2008-2009 school year, be sure to apply for an eTwinning National Quality Label. This is your first step towards participating in next fall’s eTwinning Prizes 2010 competition.

Beyond that, keep an eye on the eTwinning Portal for inspiration and ideas – and enjoy your summer holidays!

eTwinning Project: Filmings by Secondary School Students

by Josephine Ebejer Grech – San Gorg Preca College, Boys’ Junior Lyceum, Hamrun

This project started off on the 20th April 2007, when Ms Carmen Festinese and I registered it on the eTwinning twinspace. After finding each other’s ideas on the twin finder very interesting, we emailed each other quite a few times and agreed to work together on a film project. Later on, Istav Bajzak joined us as well. So the team is made up of 3 schools from 3 different countries that are:

  • Dun Guzepp Zammit Brighella Boys Junior Lyceum Malta 
  •  MOSTart Szabadiskola, Dömsöd, Hungary 
  •  SMS “G. B. De Luca” Italy

The aims were:
• to get to know each other, their life styles, their scholastic systems etc. . .
• to do interesting filmings to share


The first step was to advertise this project in our respective schools to see who are those students interested to participate. We all found a number of students interested to start off the project. We asked them their email addresses and then we passed them on to each other so that in the summer holidays the students write to each other and get to know each other.

All students uploaded information about their school on the twinspace. The Maltese students prepared a video clip about their school for all partners to see and to get a better insight of our Lyceum, since pictures can describe million words.

Since the project was registered in April, the final exams were approaching and we thought that it would be better to start working on the filmings during the summer holidays. Carmen and I decided to do filmings using a video camera, and Istav decided that his students will use Stopmotion. We all discussed our ideas for the film and finally we decided that:
• The Maltese students will film different cultural aspects of Gozo,
• The Italian students film different cultural aspects of their region – wine making and oil production’
• And the Hungarian students will produce different films using stop motion.

My students’ plans were to film:
1. on the ferry
2. at the crafts village – pottery
3. glass blowing
4. lace making
5. visiting the most devoted shrine – Ta’ Pinu
6. the capital city of Gozo – Victoria
7. Cittadella
8. an underground cave
9. Marsalforn – a village by the seaside.

Carmen’s students’ ideas were to film:
1. Pomangranades – how they are grown, what uses are made of them
2. Grapes and wine making
3. Olives and olive oil.

The Hungarian Students’ Films were later on uploaded on a web-site for everyone to see. This web-site is; as well as on the etwinning twin space.

We (Maltese) prepared the editing and uploaded the filmings on the eTwinning twinspace. Later on we prepared a whole DVD that we sent to the Italians by post. We also prepared a nice DVD cover.

The Italians prepared filmings regarding wine making and oil production. They also filmed pomangranades and described their use. Carmen Festinese sent me their filmings on a CD by post and I tried to cut short clips and I uploaded them on our TwinSpace. They called their work “Nelle Vigne Venosine”.
Therefore, now there are all our filmings on the twinspace.

All students appreciated each others’ work. The Maltese students learnt about the “vigne venosine” and the Italian students appreciated the beauty of Gozo. I also tried to explain to my students what Stopmotion is and they liked the Hungarian short clips as well. We all look forward to try Stopmotion ourselves.

We also sent to the Italians a DVD of our school prize day’s play “UZURA”.


Our experience in this project was a very positive one. We enjoyed working with the Italians and Hungarians although we never met.

From the filmings we learnt:

1. how to write a script
2. how to use and level a tripod
3. how to use a video camera
4. about white balance
5. about picture composition in the shots we filmed
6. panning and tilting and zooming
7. logging tapes
8. uploading (capturing) the filmings onto the computer
9. chosing the right shots to use for editing
10. editing
11. inserting titles, credits, background music, video transitions and effects,
12. burning the DVD
13. create short clips that are small enough to upload them on the eTwinning Twinspace or send them by email.
14. comparing and contrasting each other’s filmings.
15. we learnt about Stopmotion from the Hungarian students as they prepared tutorials for us and uploaded them in the web-site they created for us.

ICT involved:

1. emails
2. word documents
3. photography and photo editing using Adobe Photoshop especially to create the DVD cover
4. filming using a video camera
5. editing using Ulead 9
6. producing a DVD
7. creating small video clips less than 5MB to upload them on the Twin space of eTwinning

the Italians used:

• windows movie maker

The Hungarians used

• Stopmotion.
Video Clips on YouTube


Glass blowing:  

Ta’ Pinu: 

Gozo Pottery:

Lace making:

Visiting Gozo:

Underground cave: “Ninu’s Cave”
Italy’s Filmings on YouTube.
Hungary’s Stopmotions.