Monthly Archive for June, 2011

eTwinning ShareIT 2011 Seminar

The Maltese eTwinning NSS are pleased to organize a ShareIT seminar where teachers who participated in eTwinning projects during this scholastic year are being invited to come and share their experience and ideas.

 

Date: 4th July 2011
Time: 13:00 – 16:00
Location: eLearning Centre Lab 2
Participants: Kindergarten Assistants, Primary Teachers and Secondary Teachers with eTwinning projects 2010-2011

 

What can you do during the seminar?

Participants can opt to:

  • present their project to the rest
  • show a new tool they have experimented with this year
  • bring over some resources created for the project to share with the others
  • listen to others and get new ideas or learn new tools

 

Draft Agenda

  • 13:00 – Welcome and introductions by NSS
  • 13:05 – Review of eTwinning National Awards 2011 by NSS
  • 13.45 – Project 1 (15mins)
  • 14:00 – Project 2 (15mins)
  • 14:15 – Project 3 (15mins)
  • 14:30 – Coffee break
  • 15:00 – Tool 1 (30mins)
  • 15:30 – Tool 2 (30mins)

 

How can you participate?

Contact the eTwinning National Support Service on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt.  Please apply by Tuesday 28th June 2011. Hurry spaces are limited!

eTwinning Multilateral Contact Seminar in Brussels

The eTwinning National Support Service of Belgium will be organizing a Multilateral Contact Seminar in Brussels, Belgium. The main aim of this multilateral seminar is for teachers who are new to eTwinning to start off new collaborative projects with partners from around Europe. 

The Maltese National Support Service is sponsoring two teachers (1 Primary and 1 Secondary) to participate in this seminar which will take place between the 17th and 19th November 2011. The selected candidate has to show willingness to learn about eTwinning and to start off a new eTwinning collaborative project during the scholastic year 2011-2012. Proof of project work done during previous school years will be considered an asset. A recommendation by the Head of School, College Principal or Head of Department will aid in the selection process.  Download the official letter circular, CMeLD 100 – eTwinning Multilateral Contact Seminar – Brussels and the application form to learn more about this opportunitywhich is being offered to teachers.

Teachers in Primary and Secondary schools interested in attending this seminar are to fill in the application form and send it by email at etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt by not later than Friday, 17th June, 2011.  For more information you may also call the eTwinning National Support Service on 25982150.

Maltese Teachers Place First and Second in the eTwinning Project Snapshot of Europe

Two teachers from Malta who took part in the eTwinning Project Snapshot of Europe, placed first and second respectively thanks to the photos that were taken by the students in their class.  The winners are the Year 4 students of  Ms. Maria Antioinette Magro from St. Gorg Preca College, Hamrun Primary GP and the Year 3 students of of Ms. Catherine Bezzina from St. Ignatius College, Siggiewi Primary C.

Snapshot of Europe is now in its second year, and features one or more partners from each country (current the number of partners stands at 48).  Students from each class are encouraged to take photos in each of the following categories:  People, Sports, Nature and Places.  The photos are then uploaded onto the project’s TwinSpace.  At the end of the scholastic year, an online video-conference using FlashMeeting takes place, where each country votes for their favourite photos.  Results are uploaded on the project’s blog – http://snapshotofeurope2011.blogspot.com/.  Hamrum Primary GP won in the Places Category, while Siggiewi Primary C won in the Sports Category.  The results were filmed by Mr. Michael Purves’ class of Yester Primary School in Scotland, who not only is one of the founders of the project but is also an eTwinning Ambassadors for the UK.  You can watch the video by clicking on this link: http://vimeo.com/24506092.

eTwinning Projects in Spanish Language

There is a space for teachers who want to find eTwinners to develop a project in Spanish language. If you want to be part of this space, follow these steps:

1. Register to eTwinning at www.etwinning.net.

2. Contact your eTwinning National Support Service on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt or on 25982150 to get an invitation to this area called TwinSpace. (Please give exact email account that you used when you registered to eTwinning.)
3. You will also get information about how to make full use of this collaborative tool.

Happy Minds Strong Bodies eTwinning Project wins in Poland

The Polish National Support Service has recently advertised their list of winning projects for this scholastic year. One of these projects is Happy Minds Strong Bodies, by Christine Zukier from the Pre-Integration “Gromadka Uszatek Bear” in Schwerin Lubuskie, Poland, which has Maltese partners in it.  The Maltese partners in this project are Ms. Patricia Bondin and Ms. Janet Mifsud from St. Thomas More College, Marsaskala Primary. In Malta this project was awarded the National Quality label too for its interesting and extensive activities.

The Maltese NSS together with the Maltese partners would like to  congratulate ourselves with the polish partner for winning this award.

Our Neverland – An activity by Marsaskala Kindergarten section

by Ms Janet Mifsud & Ms Patricia Bondin

The Kindergarten Section of St. Thomas More College, Marsaskala Primary organized an event called ‘Our Neverland’.

The main idea behind this event was to raise the awareness of the children about the planet where collectively we can change our world into a DREAM PLACE full of LOVE and FAITH just as the lyrics of the song ‘My Neverland’ go.

For this event, held on 29-04-11, the children and kindergarten assistants donned t-shirts in the colours of the rainbow.

This was one of the activities involving all the Kindergarten Section. The little kindergarteners were lead down to Marsaskala promenade where they then formed a human chain symbolising their pact for the betterment of our world.

On returning to school the little ones were guided to the school sports ground -appropriately named ‘Our Neverland’ for the occasion, where they all sat down on the turf forming a colourful rainbow which symbolised unity in our mission.

At the end of the event the Headmaster Mr W.Cassar addressed all present while Ms C. Barbaro-Sant who co-ordinated this wonderful event, gave a brief speech about the scope behind this activity.

We then all welcomed Mr Ivan Grech – lead vocalist of renowned local band Wintermoods to sing his song ‘My Neverland’.

It’s all about LOVE
It’s all about FAITH
It’s all about DREAMS
It’s all about You and I
In my neverland.

Thus if we all had to BE LOVE and live IN FAITH and DREAMS we would surely change our world into ‘Our Neverland’

This activity was organised to highlight the events organised during EKOFEST at St Thomas More College – Marsaskala Primary.

Ms Janet Mifsud & Ms Patricia Bondin linked  this activity to their eTwinning project – Happy Minds Strong Bodies.

eTwinning celebration at Hamrun GP Primary

Ms. Maria Magro, Year 4 teacher at San Gorg Preca College, Hamrun GP Primary, invited the eTwinning National Support Service to participate in a small class celebration to close this year’s eTwinning projects. Ms. Magro has participated in various projects during this scholastic year, namely Faces, Schoolovision 2011, Snapshot of Europe 2011, What is the weather like today?, From the nursery of Salzburg to the Royal Theatre of Vienna, and made a certificate for each child in her class as a keepsake.

Ms. Maria Antoinette Magro with eTwinning NSS

One of the pupils receiving the certificate and a token from the eTwinning NSS