Monthly Archive for December, 2010

eTwinning Back to School Campaign Prize Giving

The eTwinning Back to School Campaign ended at the end of November 2010 and the lottery was drawn during the first week of December to reveal the winners of the digital resources kindly sponsored by IMS Ltd. and Exigy. The eTwinning National Support service visited the winning schools and presented these awards to the Heads of Schools and the participating teachers.

The Easi-View Visualizer was won by San Anton School, Mgarr.

The Easi-Scope Digital Microscope was won by St. Clare College, San Gwann Primary B.

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Ms. Spiteri, Head of School, and Ms. Azzopardi Duca receive the Easi-Scope Digital Microscope

 

The A4 Talking Photo Album was won by St. Theresa College, Msida Primary.

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Ms. Borg Magro, Head of School, receiving the A4 Talking Photo Album

 

The Fuji Finepix A180 Black Digital Cameras were won by San Gorg Preca College, Boys Junior Lyceum, Hamrun and by St. Ignatius College, Luqa Primary.  

Mr. Caruana Smith, Head of School, and Ms. Micallef together with the group of students of German receiving the Fuji Finepix Digital Camera

Mr. Caruana Smith, Head of School, and Ms. Micallef together with the group of students of German receiving the Fuji Finepix Digital Camera

 

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Ms. Azzopardi, Head of School, and Ms. Ellul receiving the Fuji Finepix Digital Camera

“Mobility is the key to enhancing the quality of teaching”

Paul Holdsworth – from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture – tells eTwinning how mobility projects and in-service training are essential for complementing teachers’ professional development.

Continue reading and view video of the interview at: http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/news/news/paul_holdsworth.htm

eTwinning Awareness Programme for the Senior Management Team

Circular CMeLD 243/2010 has been sent to all Kinder, Primary and Secondary schools to invite Senior Management Staff to attend an eTwinning Awareness Programme.

eTwinning is the Virtual Community for Schools in Europe. Teachers from all participating countries can register and use the eTwinning online tools (Portal, Desktop and TwinSpace) to meet virtually, exchange ideas and practice examples, team up in Groups, learn together in Learning Events and engage in online-based projects.

The benefits of eTwinning for the school include:

  • direct contact with other education professionals in European countries,
  • an awareness of teaching and/or management approaches used in other countries,
  • sharing and celebration of teachers’ own professional expertise and experience

The awareness seminar will be held on Thursday, 20th January 2011 at the eLearning Centre, Floriana,
between 9:00am – 11:00am.

Agenda:

  • Introducing the eTwinning Action
  • eTwinning Tools: Portal and Desktop
  • eTwinning Projects: Examples of Projects in Practice

Members of the Senior Management Team who are interested in attending this seminar are invited to contact  the eTwinning National Support Service on 2598 2150 or send an email to etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt, by not later than Friday 14th January 2011.

Let’s Write a Story – Storybird

Children all love a good story. They like to discover, to listen, to read. And in the course of their classroom lives, they might also be asked to produce stories of their own, either on an individual, group or classroom basis. Teachers use stories as lesson starters, to enhance listening and reading skills and to engage their students. And if the students get to use their imagination a bit and create stories of their own, so much the better.

Storybird is a service that uses collaborative storytelling to connect students and teachers around the world. Two (or more) people create a Storybird in a round robin fashion by writing their own text and inserting pictures. They then have the option of sharing their Storybird privately or publicly on the network. The final product can be printed, watched on screen, played with like a toy, or shared through a worldwide library.
Continue reading Let’s Write a Story – Storybird at Teachers and Computers…

eTwinning Diaries 2011 for teachers

The eTwinning Diaries 2011 are out!

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We have a limited stock available for teachers.  All you have to do to receive your eTwinning diary is answer the following question:

A few days ago, eTwinning ended its Back to School Campaign with a lottery for all the schools who started or joined a new project. How many projects with Maltese participants did Malta have during this Back to School Campaign? 25 projects, 47 projects or  72 projects?

Send your reply by e-mail to the eTwinning National Support Service, on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt.  

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 at the eLearning Centre in Floriana in January.

Teen Talk – eTwinning Project

teensDeborah Nicholson, a Spanish teacher would like to start a new project  intended as a debate forum for teenagers to discuss a variety of current topics. She would like to include chat, a debate forum, video presentations, PowerPoints and Audio clips. The students will also introduce and present themselves to initiate the contact during the first part of the project.

If you have 13 to 16 year old students and would like to participate in this project, log on to your eTwinning Desktop at www.etwinning.net. Go to the FIND ETWINNERS tab and put Deborah Nicholson in the search box to locate her. Send her an internal email to show her your interest. 

For more information about eTwinning, don’t hesitate to contatct the eTwinning National Support Service on 25982150 or on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt.

Touristic Places – eTwinning Project

malta3Ms. Filippa Magor from United Kingdom is an eTwinning ambassador who would like to start off a very interesting project about touristic places. She says:

Are you lucky enought ot live in or near a popular tourist destination?

We will be learning about a local tourist destination and would like some partners for a project to start in January. The project will look at a famous tourist desintation in your country. The tasks are as follows:

1. Create a collage of the location using photos and pictures.
This could be an e-collage in powerpoint using pictures off the internet or you may be lucky enough to be able to go to the place and take photographs yourself to create your collage.

2. Plan a trip to the destination for a partner country.
Children plan how one of the partner schools would get to the tourist destination. How much would it cost? Would they need to fly? Train? Bus? etc

3. Create a map with key tourist attractions labelled for potential visitors.
Children add key attractions onto a blank map of their destination to help future visitors find their way around. Schools could even provide directions from their school to one of the attractions which could be followed using google earth.

4. Radio or Video advert to encourage visitors
Children record or film an advert which will be shared with partner schools to encourage visitors to come to their famous place.

If you are interested to join this project, log on to your eTwinning  Desktop and look up Filippa Magor in the FIND ETWINNERS section. Send her an internal mail to ask her about joining this project.

Good luck!