Monthly Archive for January, 2010

eTwinning Conference 2010 – Malta Amongst the Finalists!

col-3The Maltese eTwinning National Support Service is pleased to announce that a Maltese-founded project, Colours of Life will be a finalist at the eTwinning Conference 2010 which will be held in Seville.  The Project will be competing for a prize in the 4-11 year olds category.

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Project of the Month: Authors and Poets

maria-1“Authors and Poets” is the name of a project between Dun Gorg Preca Primary ‘C’ in Hamrun and Annanhill Primary School in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Children from both schools are writing poems and stories and will write some songs too in the next months. These are being posted on a blog: http://authorsandpoets2009.blogspot.com/.Click on the link to read our interesting works.

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Starter Project: A Taste of My Life

taste‘A Taste of My Life’ is an eTwinning project launched during the eTwinning weeks and it was aimed at beginner eTwinners. The multicultural project had a total number of sixty five partners and students of various ages. They had the opportunity to work on this project under the guidance of a mentor. The teachers were guided on how to work cooperatively on an eTwinning project. Tutorials on how to use various ICT tools, like Picasa, Audacity and Windows movie maker were provided and teachers and pupils were given the opportunity to explore these tools. PowerPoint presentations were uploaded on the Web 2.0 tool MyPlick whilst messages with Vokis were sent at Christmas time. The partnership facilitated communication in an interactive way between different cultures. The TwinSpace was used as the common platform and every participant had the chance to explore the new TwinSpace.

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Project of the Month: Weather and Traditions in my Country

dscf0113Since last November, the children  of Year 4, Marsascala Primary, have been working on the eTwinning Project ‘Weather and Traditions in my Country’.  The other school involved in the project is School-Clondiru in Romania.  A team consisting of 3 Year 4 teachers from Marsascala – Mr. Pulis, Ms. Agius and Ms. Zerafa, are collaborating together on the project.

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eTwinners Wanted!

5-years-logoFebruary 2010 marks eTwinning’s fifth birthday, and also the special Annual Conference to commemorate this event.

The eTwinning National Support Service is preparing a list of all active Maltese eTwinners to distribute during the Conference.  This list will be distributed to eTwinners from all over Europe.  If you are interested in being on the list, kindly send an e-mail to Ms. Amanda Debattista, at the eTwinning National Support Service, on amanda.debattista@gov.mt.  Even if you are not currently involved in a project or you are not interested in starting a project straight away, you can still join the eTwinning Community and take a look at what projects other European teachers are engaged in.

To register to eTwinning, simply log onto http://etwinning.net and click on ‘Register Now’.

CMeLD 14/2010- TwinSpace Seminar for eTwinners

logoOn the 26th of February, 2010, eTwinning Malta is organising a seminar about the new TwinSpace, the collaborative workspace for registered eTwinning Projects. The seminar is open to Teachers and Kindergarten Assistants, in Primary and Secondary schools, who are currently taking part in an eTwinning Project, registered during Scholastic Year 2009-2010. This is due to the fact that the new TwinSpace is available only to those projects which have been registered during this year. An eTwinning pack  will be handed out to participants. The seminar will be delivered by Ms.Marianne Schembri, Malta’s Ambassador for eTwinning.

Download the official CMeLD Circular:  cmeld-14-twinspace-seminar-for-etwinners

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Kindersite: Where Children Play and Teachers Learn

logoAs from this scholastic year (2009-2010), desktop PCs have started to be introduced in the Kindergarten classes in Malta andGozo. Apart from the software which comes pre-installed on the Desktops, the Internet connection in the classrooms mean that the Kindergarten teachers also have a vast array of online educational games available freely to them. There are many excellent sites to choose from, and I will be dedicating some of the articles of this blog to them. The first site that I would like to talk about was recommended to me by a good friend (and experienced Kindergarten teacher from Fgura Primary) Miriam Schembri: Kindersite – Where Children Play and Teachers Learnby Amanda R. Debattista