Monthly Archive for February, 2012

eTwinning National Conference and Awards 2012: Apply for your National Quality Label!

The eTwinning National Conference and Awards is now approaching!  Teachers who have been involved in eTwinning projects during the scholastic year 2011-2012 are invited to apply for the eTwinning Quality Label and participate in the eTwinning Awards 2012.  The deadline for applying for the Quality Label is the 23rd of March 2012.  More information can be found on Letter Circular CMeLD 37/2012, eTwinning National Awards.

How can I participate?

If you have been involved in a project during this scholastic year, go to your Desktop, click on the Projects section, find your project, and click on Apply for Quality Label.  The deadline for applying is the 23rd of March 2012. If you receive your Quality Label by the 14th of April, it means that you are also in the run for the eTwinning National Awards!

Remember to describe your project activities well in the application form, and to include links to external repositories such as YouTube, Vimeo, TeacherTube, Prezi, Slide, Voki, Smilebox and others.

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Online Questionnaire for eTwinners

Ms. Antra Balode  is currently reading for a Doctorate in Daugavpils, Latvia and her topic of study is eTwinning.  During her studies, she has learnt that the teachers who are most involved in eTwinning (according to their school population) are Malta, Iceland, Estonia, Poland, Cyprus, Lithuania, Slovenia.  Teachers from these seven countries only (out of 32 eTwinning countries) make up 47% of eTwinners.

Ms. Balode is asking all eTwinners to take the following online survey.  The survey should not take longer than 10 minutes to complete:

Please help Ms. Balode by completing this online survey.  For more information contact Ms. Amanda Debattista at the eTwinning National Support Service on 25982150/79002150.

eTwinning Awareness Seminar for Senior Management Teams in Schools 2012

The eTwinning National Support Service is organising a seminar for members of the Senior Management Team in schools.  College Principals, Heads and Assistant Heads of School are invited to apply for this two-hour seminar which will be held on Tuesday 20th March 2012, from 12:30 – 14:30, at the Learning Centre in Floriana.  For more details, read CMeLD Letter Circular 48/2012.

What is eTwinning?

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.
What are the benefits of eTwinning?
  • 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.

eTwinning Prizes 2012: Two Maltese Projects Amongst the Finalists

Two projects founded by Maltese teachers have made their way into the top twenty-four projects shortlisted for the eTwinning Prizes 2012.  The projects are “Caustic” by Josephine Ebejer Grech of St. Ignatius College, Blata il-Bajda Girls’ Secondary and “Eurobots” by Mario Xerri, Gozo College, Victoria Girls’ Secondary.  Both projects have also won first and third place respectively at the Maltese Annual eTwinning Awards.  Our projects competed with more than 300 submissions for the eTwinning Prizes of 2012.

The eTwinning National Support Service would like to congratulate these two teachers for their achievements, and wishes them all the success for the future.  Well done Malta!

For a full list of all the short-listed projects, visit the eTwinning Portal.

Invitation for Secondary School Teachers: Multilateral Contact Seminar in Malta

Are you currently teaching in a secondary school?  Would you like to meet other European teachers like yourself, exchange plans and ideas, and possibly form an eTwinning Collaborative project together?  Then join the eTwinning Multilateral Contact Seminar 2012, organised by the Maltese eTwinning National Support Service, in collaboration with the NSS of Cyprus, Denmark, Norway and the UK.  This contact seminar will be held from Friday 9th March till Sunday 11th March and the main theme of the seminar will be the fostering of Teacher Teams in eTwinning.

The programme will include a full weekend of activities, including a treasure hunt in Mdina and dinner on Saturday night.  All participants will receive an eTwinning Pack and a certificate of participation.

Download the  Draft Agenda_for the eTwinning Contact Seminar – Teacher Teams in eTwinning  2012.  If you wish to particpate in this great professional development opportunity, contact Ms. Amanda Debattista at the eTwinning National Support Service on 25982150 or send an email to  Hurry as places are limited to 10 Maltese participants!

The Other Side of eTwinning – an Online Learning Event for Maltese Teachers

For the second year running, the Maltese eTwinning National Support Service, in collaboration with the Central Support Service in Brussels, is pleased to offer an online Learning Event tailor-made for Maltese teachers. This event will be hosted by Ms. Marianne Schembri, Expert eTwinning teacher and Malta’s Ambassador for eTwinning. The focus of this Learning Event will be the eTwinning Desktop and online tools.  Read letter circular CMeLD 38/2012, eTwinning Online Learning Event for Maltese Teachers.

What are Learning Events?
eTwinning Learning Events are short, intensive online courses on a number of themes. They are led by an expert and include active work and discussion among teachers across Europe. They run entirely online for a duration of two weeks and all active participants will also receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the course.

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Deadline for Comenius Partnerships – Contact the National Agency for More Info

The European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA) would like to remind prospective Partnerships applicants that the deadline is Tuesday 21st February 2012. Details including application forms, guides, National eligibility and award criteria and other details are available at the EUPA website. For any queries, please contact the agency immediately on 2558 6130.