Ms. Francesca Luppino, from Messina, Sicily, is interested in starting a project on Mediterranean Cities and would also like to include Malta as an area of study. For this reason, she is looking for a Maltese teacher of Italian language to exchange ideas and information and to start an eTwinning Project together. The language of communication will be Italian, so this project would be a good way to practice Italian as a second language and also to learn about Italian culture, and in the process, also a bit more about our own. If you would like to contact Ms. Luppino you may get in touch with her on the eTwinning Desktop or send her an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maltese and Belgian NSS are looking to enhance the collaboration between the two countries. A group of teachers, forming part of the German Community in Belgium, are looking for project partners from Malta. There is a variety of projects in which Belgian and Maltese teachers can partake in, for example, language projects or projects about the environment. The working language will be English. If you would like more information about this initiative, please send an email to email@example.com, so that you will be able to get in touch with Belgian schools.
For more information contact the eTwinning National Support Service on 25982150.
Ms. Anna Spala, of John Kochanowskiego Secondary School nr 1 in Koluszki, Poland, is looking for a Maltese partner for her project, Meet Us and Our School. This project will focus on the students’ life, both at school and also their activities after school. The Polish students involved in the project are 14 years old, and the project will run from October 2011 till May 2012. During this project, students will be working on various ICT tools, such as blogs, emails, multimedia presentations, photos and short films.
2. Contact your eTwinning National Support Service on firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
On the 18th March a delegation of 31 teachers from Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia joined 11 Maltese teachers for a 2 day seminar in Malta.
The seminar kicked off with an ice-breaking activity at the Excelsior Hotel, Floriana. The participants were divided into 8 subgroups and had some time to get to know each other and then we all presented our group to the others.
At 6pm we had the official opening cermony presided by Mr. Raymond J. Camilleri who gave an interesting speech about The Early Years in Education. The Assistant Directors for the Curriculum Management and eLearning Department, Education Officers directly linked with Early Years and most of the staff of the eLearning Centre were present for the cermony.
During the cermony Dr. Philip Bonano, from the University of Malta, was invited to deliver his talk: “eTwinning Initiatives – Authentic Learning Contexts for Promoting 21st Century Skills“. A reception followed.
On Saturday 19th March, we had a full agenda of workshops. We started at 9am at the eLearning Centre labs. Before entering the first workshop, all the teachers were advised to make use of a flipchart to share their project ideas with the rest and to sign their name next to ones which they would be interested to work upon. The first workshop was about the eTwinning Desktop and TwinSpace. The delegation was split into three and the workshops were led by Ms. Jeannette Cardona, Ms. Amanda Debattista and Ms. Miriam Schembri.
The next session was Sharing of Good Practice. Teachers with eTwinning project from Malta and a representation per country showed their work to the rest of the groups. The Malta National Support Service would like to thank the following Maltese teachers who accepted to share their good work:
Ms. Miriam Schembri, St. Thomas More College, Fgura Primary A
Ms. Maria Antoinette Magro, St. Gorg Preca College, Hamrun GP Primary
Ms. Michelle Cauchi, St. Clare College, Gzira Primary
Ms. Patricia Bondin, Ms. Janet Mifsud, Ms. Bryndis Ellul and Ms. Romina Bianco, St. Thomas More College, Marsaskala Primary
Ms. Catherine Bezzina, St. Ignatius College, Siggiewi Primary
After lunch, we organized a treasure hunt in Mdina. All the teachers formed 8 groups and they had to shoot a number of photos and videos of things according to their treasure hunt card. All the teachers, both foreign and Maltese enjoyed this experience.
On getting back to the eLearning centre, the photos and videos taken were used in the three parallel workshops which took place. The teachers had signed up previously to the workshop they would like to follow. The workshops were:
Mixbook – led by Ms. Christine Cachia Enriquez
Glogster – led by Mr. Raymond Bonnici
Smilebox – led by Ms. Miriam Schembri
In the evening all the participants had a good dinner at the Bella Vista Hotel in Qawra where we had more time to socialize and get to know each other.
On Sunday 20th March we had the last workshop – Planning a good project. But since unfortunately the Czech group had to leave us after only an hour we did the presentation of certificates of participation before we started the workshop. Then the teachers were divided into two main groups according to the project ideas they had previously said they’d be interested in. After a brief introduction about the steps to take to plan a good collaborative project, all the teachers had time to sit with their prospective partners and plan their project. Most of the groups also managed to register their project on the spot.
The eTwinning National Support Service of Spain will be organizing a Multilateral Contact Seminar in Madrid, Spain. The main aims of this multilateral seminar are to increase the number of eTwinning projects which use Spanish as the language for communication and to enhance ICT skills for teachers and students. Further details can be seen in the agenda.
The Maltese National Support Service is sponsoring two teachers of Spanish to participate in this seminar which will take place between the 19th and 21st May 2011.
The selected candidates have to show proof of project work done during previous school years, even if it was not related to eTwinning. This could involve any kind of language project: class projects, school projects, collaborative projects with other classes or Maltese schools, projects with foreign schools, Comenius projects, eTwinning projects…
A recommendation by the Head of School, College Principal or Head of Department will be considered an asset.
The selected candidates will be requested to find a project partner during the Contact Seminar in Madrid to start off an eTwinning project.