Monthly Archive for October, 2010

eTwinning Prizes 2011: Apply Today!

trophy_small1The eTwinning National Support Service is pleased to announce that the eTwinning Prizes 2011 competition is open for submissions. The aim of the European eTwinning Prizes competition is to highlight best practice in collaborative school projects using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). If you participated in a successful project during the 2009-2010 school year, be sure to submit an entry!

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EkoSkola – eTwinning Training Event in Malta

During the past scholastic year, eTwinning Malta and EkoSkola Malta discussed the possibilities of liasion between the two actions. The same discussions were being made at a European level by other countries involved in eTwinning and EcoSchools and also by the International Eco-Schools and the eTwinning Central Support Services. 

ekoskola-etwinning-035A two-day training session took place in Malta on the 14th and 15th October. The main aim of this training session was for a group of Eco-Schools teachers to start off projects within their Eco-Schools programme involving the use of ICT and thus using the tools offered by eTwinning. The delegation present for this training was made up of the national Eco-Schools operators and a school teacher from Iceland, Portugal, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Wales, Puerto Rico and Denmark. ekoskola-etwinning-002Malta was represented by all the members of the EkoSkola Coordination and a number of Maltese school teachers. Mr. Bernard Holland, the International Eco-Schools Coordinator and Mr. Ebbe Schultze, the Danish eTwinning National Support Service were also present.

The participants were trained on the eTwinning tools and various Web 2.0 tools at the eLearning Centre, Floriana by the two National Support Service members, Jeannette Cardona and Amanda Debattista.  

Some Maltese eTwinners who had previously done projects related to the environment were also invited to showcase their projects to the participants. 

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  • Ms. Fiona Galea, St. Albert the Great College,  presented e@rth c@re and other projects together with three students 
  • Ms. Miriam Schembri, St. Thomas More College, Fgura Primary A, presented Colours of Life
  • Ms. Maria Magro, St. Gorg Preca College, Hamrun GP Primary, showed the participants a power point about the advantages of eTwinning and presented Noah’s Ark among her projects.
  • Ms. Dorianne Farrugia, St. Theresa College, St. Venera Primary, presented her Where We Live and What We Eat project.

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ekoskola-etwinning-042All the delegation also visited San Gorg Preca College, Paola Primary B where Mr. Grech, Head of School, welcomed them and introduced them to the school’s EkoSkola Committee. It was a great experience to listen to the pupils address the delegation and talk about the EkoSkola programme within their school. The pupils also took the visitors around the school.  ekoskola-etwinning-048Mr. J. Saccasan, a teacher who annually participates in eTwinning projects, also showed the participants how he uses TwinSpace for project collaboration.

This training event served for three pilot eTwinning-EcoSchools projects to kick off. The members were helped in registering the project and then planned how to organize the project’s TwinSpace together. The eTwinning National Support Service was present to aide them and suggest ways and means of how different Web 2.0 tools can be used and embeded within the TwinSpace. 

This event was also reported in the international EcoSchools website.

eTwinning Back to School Campaign 2010 is on!

picture_191The eTwinning Back to School Campaign has been officially launched in Malta.  Click here to view the official circular, CMeLD 198/2010,  eTwinning Back to School Campaign 2010.  Read all about the interesting activities that you and your class can engage in, and learn about the prizes you will be eligible to win if you register a project until the end of November 2010.

How do I find a project partner? 

If you are interested in starting a project, go to your eTwinning Desktop and first find a partner for your project.  Go to the Find eTwinners section, and either perform a search for a partner or go into the Forum to look at other eTwinners’ project ideas.

How do I register a project?

After finding a partner and adding him or her to your contact list, you can first discuss your project ideas together, and then submit the project application by clicking on Projects and then on Create a New Project.  You can only start a project with another European (non-Maltese) partner.

What can I win if I register a project until the end of November 2010?

All teachers engaging in new eTwinning projects with European partners at the beginning of this  scholastic year will be given an eTwinning leather memo box.  Each project which will have a Maltese teacher registered in it by the end of November will be  eligible to participate in a lottery to win one of the the following digital resources for the school

easi-view11 (one) Easi-View Primary Visualizer: An easy to use desktop digital 3MP camera/web-cam/video camera with built-in light and auto-focus. By plugging it into the USB cable, the  software will allow you  to capture still images or videos to share by email or upload onto websites or even on your TwinSpace.  The Visualizer can also be used  for Stop-Frame animation. It allows users to project anytything from A4 documents to experiments to any interactive whiteboard and thus share work with the whole class. The flexible ‘goose-neck’ allows you to turn it into a web-cam and can be used during a video-conferencing sessions.

easi-scope1 (one)  Easi-Scope Digital Microscope: Ever wanted to take a close look to the environment around you?  The Easi-Scope Digital Microscope is a small but powerful microscope which can be used to magnify things around us.  The image will be projected (and saved) on the PC and the Easi-Scope itself plugs into the PC through the USB slot.

The Easi-Scope can be used, for example, to magnify small insects animals and/or objects such as tree leaves, flowers etc; to magnify parts of the body (hairs, finger prints etc), common everyday objects…the list is practically endless!

talking-book1 (one) A4 Talking Photo Album:  This Talking Photo Album, or “Talking Book”, allows students to record a 10 second message for each page.  Students will be able to draw and narrate their own stories.  Each picture is inserted in a transparent folder and audio recorded on the same page.  Each page can be re-used and new recordings made again and again.

fuji-camera2 (two) Fuji Finepix A180 Black Digital Cameras, including 4GB Flash Memory:  In today’s digital era, it is important to document our classroom activities with a good digital camera. It is equally important to allow students to actually handle the camera themselves and learn how to take pictures, download them and edit them on the computer.

There is also a practical Panorama feature which allows for landscape pictures-simply take three consecutive photos of a landscape and the camera seamlessly stitches them together for that great panoramic effect.

For more information about the eTwinning Back to School Campaign, please contact the eTwinning National Support Services on 25982150 or by email on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt.  We are here to help :)

Correspondance Scolaire eTwinning Project searching for Partners

Mr. Ludovic Jacq is a teacher of French in Tenerife, Canary Islands and he is looking for teachers of French to join him in this eTwinning project where students communicate together in French. He says:

Je suis professeur de français à Tenerife, aux îles Canaries, en Espagne et j’enseigne dans un lycée secondaire. Je rechercher une ou plusieurs personnes intéresseés par une correspondance scolaire. Il s’agirait de faire des projets de courte durée: se présenter, ton lycée, ta ville, ta musique, par exemple…
Je recherche des groupes pour correspondre avec chacune de mes classes:

  • 29 élèves de cinquième (1° ESO)
  • 14 élèves de quatrième (2° ESO)
  • 25 élèves de troisième (3° ESO)

Chaque projet serait adapté aux intérêts et au niveau linguisitique de nos élèves.

If you are interested in starting this communication project with this teacher, go to your eTwinning profile at www.etwinning.net and look for Ludovic Jacq in the FIND ETWINNERS section.

For more information about eTwinning you can contact the National Support Service on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt or on 25982150 / 79002150.

Exploiting Web 2.0; eTwinning and Collaboration – Online Course

learning-eventThe application for next eTwinning Learning Event (online course) is now open. It will take place between the 25th October and the 5th November and will deal with: Exploiting Web 2.0; eTwinning and Collaboration. It will be presented by Tiina Sarisalmi and the language will be English.

In this Learning Event the participants will learn about and try out a few basic Web 2.0 tools that can be used in eTwinning projects. The participants will work together in teams to experience collaborative learning in practice and they will share their feelings and experiences in virtual staffroom to strengthen the feeling of community and reflect upon their own competence for managing online collaboration with pupils. This interactive learning event is suitable for teachers of all disciplines and school levels, for beginners as well as a bit more advanced eTwinners. It requires 1-2 hours work each day. The number of participants is limited to 150.

To attend this online course, log on to your eTwinning desktop at www.etwinning.net and submit your application from there.

Apply and develop professionally from the comfort of your home!

eTwinning Project of the Month – The Other Side of the Coin

The Other Side of the Coin

by Mario Xerri, Gozo College, Girls Secondary School, Victoria

We use money all the time. However we rarely have time to go beyond the actual value of the money and explore what money particularly coins can teach us! That was the main idea behind ‘The other side of the Coin’ project! The project which was spread between October 2009 and May 2010, stimulated participants’ curiosity to discover what the representations on money have to tell us. Participants discovered famous personalities, places of interest, coat of arms and much more. Once discovered the students prepared presentations to share their findings with friends. Furthermore it showed participants how money evolved over time and offered them an opportunity to share ideas on what money (or lack of it) mean to different people. This was represented as a series of posters. Students had the opportunity to choose the best one during one of two the video-conference sessions. All this has been done through collaboration between Gozo College Girls Secondary School and Collège Jean Vilar from France within the ICT framework.
Project outcomes were then displayed on a notice-board in one of our school halls.
Have a look at some of the output produced by participants of this project.
http://new-twinspace.etwinning.net/web/p18907/

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This project won first prize in the eTwinning National Awards in May 2010 and excelled in France too.

eTwinning Project of the Month – Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark

Project by: Maria Antoinette Magro of St. Gorg Preca College, Hamrun GP Primary.

“Noah’s Ark” was an eTwinning project planned by St. Gorg Preca College, Dun Gorg Preca Primary School C, Hamrun, Malta and Spojena skola Tilgnerova, Bratislava, Slovakia, during scholastic year 2009/2010.

noahsarkIt was a project about animals and we chose the above title because Noah’s Ark has become a symbol which isn’t exclusively related only to the Bible story we find in Genesis, but represents the ecological values of defending the eco-system and animal species. The symbol of Noah’s Ark also interests many of our children due to the fact that since we have a Christian backround, most of them have already heard this Bible story and like its theme. Noah inspires children to love animals and care for them just as he did. As a general rule, children love animals dearly and their love for them motivated and inspired them to be creative in their writings and in the ICT creations for this project.

The main aim of the project was to encourage children to write and express themselves well in English. The project also enabled children to compare and contrast animals found in Malta and in Slovakia and to research information about these animals and their habitats. It improved the children’s ICT skills and helped them realise that ICT can truly be an asset towards learning in a better and a motivated way. It also improved the children’s creativity through various media.

The project started with the children from both schools introducing themselves to each other through a powerpoint presentation and individual emails they sent through TwinSpace. Children wrote about their pets, giving descriptions, food they ate and how they took care of their pets. They listed the advantages and disadvantages of having and not having pets. The children created photo albums with pictures of their pets and adding text in English and in the native languages of Malta and Slovakia. The children’s writings and creations were uploaded in a blog: http://the-ark-of-noah-malta-slovakia@blogspot.com.

We also used audacity to record children singing or relating stories about animals and these were uploaded in animated avatars of animals created using voki. The children also shared information about other animals found in both countries, including their habitats and environment in which they live.

Writing riddles and producing animal cards with information about each animal was a wonderful way of encouraging children to enhance their interest in the project and in learning in general. The information about animals was written in English and the cards could be used to play a matching game, matching picture with its correct information while gaining points to each correct one. We also created crosswords and puzzles and colouring-by-number pictures, which children enjoyed during their free time.

Our project was a cross-curricular one and so it also included some cookery sessions. The children transformed muffins into sheep and chicks at Easter time and a long chocolate-biscuit-caterpillar during Spring when the topic was “Life Cycles of Animals.”

The children wrote songs and a story in ten parts with their own illustrations and it also involved animals especially those children are familiar with in both countries respectively.

At the end of the scholastic year, we could say that both teachers and students alike have grown to love animals more and more and thus the aims of the project were reached.  We also realised that it was a pleasure to work together as a team even though we never saw our Slovakian partners face to face. The best part of it was that we all made new friends and we have learnt lots of interesting things from each other in a wonderful way through the fantastic world of ICT.

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This project was awarded first prize in the eTwinning National Awards in May 2009.