Monthly Archive for December, 2009

eTwinning Diaries for Teachers

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The eTwinning Diaries 2010 are out, and we have a limited stock available for grabs for teachers.  All you have to do to receive your eTwinning diary is answer the following question:

The scholastic year 2009-2010 marks eTwininning’s special birthday:  is it eTwinning’s 3rd, 5th or 10th birthday this year?  Send your reply by e-mail to Ms. Amanda Debattista, at the eTwinning National Support Service, on amromica@gmail.com.  But hurry – stocks are very limited and they will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Only one diary per teacher will be given out.  Teachers who answer correctly will be asked to pick up their diaries from the National Support Services Office in Floriana in January.

Best Wishes from the eTwinning National Support Service :)

Comenius Partnerships: Seeking Maltese Partners

jpgWhat are Comenius Partnerships? Part of the Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius seeks to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and educational staff of the diversity of European cultures , languages and values. It helps young people acquire the basic life skills and competences necessary for their personal development, for future employment and for active citizenship. Continue reading ‘Comenius Partnerships: Seeking Maltese Partners’

Project of the Month: A Monster at School

monsterBaħrija Primary School, which forms part of St. Nicholas College, joined the eTwinning programme during the last scholastic year.  This project aims to widen the boundaries of the classroom to a European dimension.


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New TwinSpace Guidelines Published

pictureAs of September 2009, eTwinning projects have a new version of the TwinSpace, which is a collaborative workspace for registered eTwinning projects. The following guidelines offer both an introduction as well as practical support on the use of this interactive space.

TwinSpace Overview: Get an introduction to all that is possible with your project’s TwinSpace (PDF, 434 KB).

Step-by-Step Support: Become familiar with how to use each tool available in the TwinSpace (PDF, 2 MB).

Frequently Asked Questions: Get your answers right away by looking through the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the TwinSpace.

The British National Support Service has also uploaded some additional material on SlideShare, which can be accessed on  http://www.slideshare.net/OwainWright/documents

For more information about the new TwinSpace do not hesitate to contact Ms. Amanda Debattista at Malta’s eTwinning National Support Service, on 25982150 or by e-mail at amromica@gmail.com.

Seminar for Heads of Department (Secondary Section)

01122009046As a follow-up to the seminar organised for Educational Officers and College Principals last October, the eTwinning National Support Service has organised another similar seminar, this time for Heads of Department in the Secondary Sector. Heads of Department have more contact hours in schools and therefore are more equipped to help teachers (within their subject areas) who would be interested in setting up an eTwinning Project.

During the two hour seminar, the Heads of Department learned all about the eTwinning action in Malta, the eTwinning Portal and Desktop, registration, partner finding and initial setting up of projects.  The Director for Curriculum Management and eLearning, Mr. Raymond  Camilleri, was also invited to speak to the group.

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The seminars for Heads of Department, which took place on the 1st and 3rd of December 2009, were part of the campaign initiatied by the Maltese National Support Service to increase registrations and projects in the secondary sector.

eTwinning Project: Puzzle of Europe – A Postcard Exchange

postcardsMs. Agnese Graciotti teaches English as a second language, and works at the Istituto Comprensivo Statale Jesi San Francesco, Jesi, Italy. She has started an interesting project entitled Puzzle of Europe and already has over twenty partners from all over Europe.  Ms Graciotti is now looking for a Maltese partner to complete her collage.  Her project description reads:

“A French teacher and I are starting a postcard exchange project with several European partners. Partner schools will send each other postcards of their town or country with some simple sentences (greetings, short description of the place) in their own language with English translation or in the language they learn at school. Students will paint Europe on a very big poster, using a different colour for each state, and then they will stick the postcards they receive on the big puzzle of Europe. Schools from more than twenty-five different countries are joining the project.”

If you are interested in this project, do not reply to this post.  You can send an e-mail directly to Ms. Agnese Graciotti on inachis@fastwebnet.it.  You can also look her up on the Partner Finding section of the eTwinning Desktop and add her as one of your contacts.

For more information about this or other projects, please contact Ms. Amanda Debattista on Malta’s National Support Service at amromica@gmail.com or by phone on 25982150.

Good Luck with your project :)