This week the National Support Services visited the schools of the winners of this year’s eTwinning Carnival Competition . The winners were presented with their prizes. The prizes for the winners of the first place was a web cam. The second prize was a 2Gb pendrive and the third prize was a USB hub. The teachers of the winning teams were also presented a 4Gb pendrive. All the schools welcomed the National Support Service warmly and a small celebration took place within the classrooms or during assemblies.
First Prize winner in Secondary Schools - Jeffrey Okpara from St. Theresa College, Sta. Venera Boys Secondary. Also in this photo are Ms. Alexia Baldacchino and Luke Farrugia, another participant from the school.
Second and Third Prize Winners in Secondary Schools - Julia Psaila and Chelsea Ciantar from St. Dorothy Senior School, Zebbug. Also in this photo are Ms. Josianne Sacco together with other participants from this school.
First Prize Winners in Primary schools - Kaya Bartolo, Martina Micallef, Zack Bartolo and Kian Leonardi from St. Clare College, San Gwann Primary A together with their teacher Ms. Susanne Fagerbakke.
First Prize Winner in Primary schools - Kay Darmanin Farrell from San Gorg Preca College, Paola Primary A receiving prize from the eTwinning NSS.
Second Prize Winners in Primary schools - Maia Paris, Matthew Harrington, Jake Grech and Lana Harrington from St. Margaret College, Xghajra Primary together with their Eko School Committee teacher, Ms. M. Agius
Second Prize Winners for Primary schools - Kaylin, Sven, Ezmily and Chanelle from St. Thomas More College, Marsaskala Primary together with their teachers Ms. Rosette, Ms. Isabelle and Ms. Anna.
Third Prize Winners for Primary schools - Kirsten Abela Caruana and Aleyna Tavukcu from St. Catherine's High School, Pembroke
Most of the other schools that participated in this competion were also visited by the National Support Service and a small token was given to each participant and their teacher.
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.
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.
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
Ms. Azzopardi, Head of School, and Ms. Ellul receiving the Fuji Finepix Digital Camera
The eTwinning National Awards Ceremony took place on Monday 24th May, 2010, at the Excelsior Hotel in Floriana. During the ceremony, the eTwinning National Support Service awarded Quality Labels for eligible projects and eTwinning Awards for both the Primary and Secondary schools.
The ceremony kicked off with the airing of a short two-minute video which illustrated the activities that took place on the eTwinning stand at EMBED Best Use of ICT Awards. Amongst other activities, pupils who visited the stand could take part in video conferences with other European schools, take photos and videos with Tuff Cams, explore nature with Easi-Scope microscopes and record interviews with Easi-Speak mikes.
The Director of Curriculum Management and eLearning, Mr. Raymond J. Camilleri, opened the Awards Ceremony by thanking all the teachers who participated in eTwinning for their good work throughout the year, and stressed the importance of collaboration and of affiliating our work with other project-based teacher communities, such as Eko-Skola. The Director also thanked the National Support Service Coordinator, Ms. Jeannette Cardona and the Pedagogical Advisor, Ms. Amanda Debattista, for supporting the teachers in their projects.
This year eTwinning went through some important changes, most notably the implementation of the new TwinSpace. The National Support Service organised workshops throughout the year to explain about the new TwinSpace and its tools. During the evaluation process for the national awards, the National Support Service was pleased to note that a number of projects had already started to make good use of the new TwinSpace.
Apart from the TwinSpace, a new section was added to the eTwinning Desktop: Resources. This new feature now enables eTwinners to upload their resources directly on the Desktop for other teachers to view, download and use in their classrooms. eTwinners are also able to look for resources using the search facility in the Resrouces section. The introduction of the Resources section has prompted the National Support Service to introduce (for this year) a new section to the eTwinning Awards: the eTwinning Resources Awards.
Another important feature available on the eTwinning Portal are the eTwinning Learning Labs. Learning Events are short intensive online events on a number of themes. They are led by an expert and include active work and discussion among teachers across Europe, and are designed as to be an enjoyable learning experience. A certificate is given to all participants from the Central Support Services. Participation is open to all eTwinning teachers from their Desktop.
After the Director’s speech, it was time to start the actual awards ceremony. The first teachers to be called on stage were those whose projects received a National Quality Label for their Projects.
After the Quality Labels, it was then time to announce the award winners. This year two separate competions were organised: one for Best eTwinning Project and one for Best eTwinning Project Resource. The awards were sponsored by Vodafone Malta, Intercomp, Smart Technologies, Forestals and Exigy. In the Primary Schools Category, the winners and runners up were:
Maria Antoinette Magro
San Gorg Preca College, Hamrun Primary GP
“All About Us”
St. Clare College, Gzira Primary
Patricia Bondin & Janet Mifsud
“One Earth Different People”
St. Thomas More College,
“Where We Live and What We Eat”
St. Theresa College, St. Venera Primary
In the Secondary Schools Category, the winners and runners up of eTwinning Projects 2010 were:
“The Other Side of the Coin”
Girls’ Secondary School
St. Albert the Great College, Valletta
After the assignment of eTwinning Projects Prizes 2010, it was time to announce the winners of the eTwinning Resources Awards. In the Primary category, the winners and runners up were:
In the Secondary resources category, the winner was:
St. Ignatius College, Girls’ Junior Lyceum
At the end of the ceremony, the eTwinning National Support Service has also awarded two special achievement awards, given to two Maltese teachers for winning an award in the eTwinning Prizes 2010. The first award was given to Ms. Marianne Schembri of St. Thomas More College, Fgura Primary A, for placing first in the 4-11 years category with her project, “Colours of Life”. Another award was given to Ms. Maria Antoinette Magro of San Gorg Preca College, Hamrun Primary GP, for receiving the Best Use of Creative Media award with her project, Schoolovision2009!
eTwinning is currently receiving applications for a new kind of award this year. Teachers who have been carrying out class or school projects using any digital resources and / or ICT tools can apply for the Best eTwinning Project Resources Awards 2010. APPLY TODAY!
This award is to showcase the teacher’s project in the Resources section of the eTwinning desktop. There is no need to have a foreign partner to participate. If you are already an eTwinner, all you have to do is log into your profile, go to the Resources tab and click on the Upload tab to upload your resources. If any resource is larger than 15Mb, you can use external repositories to host them and just upload a document with the link written in it. Then send the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of April 2010.
If you are not an eTwinner, but you have done a class / school project you can still participate! All you have to do is go to www.etwinning.net and click on Register Now! to get a login and password for your eTwinning profile. Then follow the steps mentioned above to apply for the awards.
First prize winners in the Primary and Secondary section will represent Malta in the annual eTwinning Conference 2011 that will be held abroad. Other digital prizes will be given to the Best and Second Best Primary and Secondary Resources.
eTwinning is proud to announce that this year’s National eTwinning Conference will take place during the end of May. This year the conference will be held in collaboration with EMBED 2010 during a whole week where there will be an exhibition of all the eTwinning projects and other ICT related projects created by teachers and students from all over Malta and Gozo. During the exhibition week there will also be pupils’ workshops where they will use various software and innovative technologies. Specific teacher workshops offered by eTwinning will also take place after school hours for those interested to apply. Topics of the workshops and applications will be issued in April. The conference will culminate in an award giving ceremony for the best projects. eTwinning will also be awarding the best eTwinning projects for the scholastic year 2009-2010 in Primary and in Secondary schools.
There will be two competitions: The eTwinning Collaborative Projects Awards 2010 and The Best eTwinning Project Resources Awards 2010. Each competition will have two categories: Primary Schools and Secondary Schools. First prize winners in both competitions will represent Malta in the annual eTwinning Conference 2011 that will be held abroad. More details about further prizes will be given in due course.
The eTwinning Annual Conference is now on our doorstep and will be celebrating the achievements of the best eTwinning projects carried out during 2009. The list of the finalists for the main three categories and the winners of the special categories is now official too. The winner of the Creative use of Digital Media Category is Schoolovision 2009 which was a project between 28 different countries. We are very proud to announce that Malta is part of this winning project too! The maltese teacher taking part in this project is Maria Antoinette Magro, a Year 4 teacher at San Gorg Preca College, Hamrun GP Primary.
Schoolovision 2009 made use of a variety of digital resources to make a song contest between 28 countries, where each country had to vote the best song for Europe. Flashmeeting was used to make live conferencing among all 28 countries at the same time. These sessions were used among the teacher participants to plan the project first. Later on other Flashmeeting sessions were carried out during school hours where all the 28 classrooms involved could meet to get to know each other. Finally it was used to vote for the best song. All the songs were performed and videorecorded by the class children and uploaded in the Schoolovision 2009 blog for the rest to view. The winner of the song contest was a school in Brno, Czech Republic and the founder of the project presented them with a trophy.
This project has won many other awards. Many countries, including Malta, has awarded this project a National eTwinning award, but it was also awarded two other prestigious awards: The Global Junior Challenge 2009 award and the eLearning award 2009 for the Best Cross Border Cooperation in Europe.
Congratulations to all the members of this project especially to Maria Magro!
The most recent round of European Quality Labels have now been awarded to schools across Europe for their excellence in eTwinning project work. This year, Malta has been awarded this prestigous label to 18 projects in which Maltese teachers have participated. We are proud of this excellent quality and would like to congratulate ourselves with the winners.