by Stefania Briffa, St. Benedict College, Girls Junior Lyceum, St. Lucia
A group of form five students from St. Benedict College Girls Junior Lyceum, St. Lucia has participated in the eTwinning Carnival Animation Competition. Given that this competition focused more on innovation, we tried to be as innovative as possible. Hence the students were asked to do their animations on the school’s Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). Our school is promoting the concept of mobile learning through the use of a number of PDAs that the school acquired through a European project in collaboration with the University of Malta. These innovative devices are being used in various subjects such as Italian, Spanish, Physics, German, Home Economics, Mathematics, Biology and History.
Appropriate software called FlipIt was bought on purpose for this competition. This software works only on PDAs and allows the user to hand draw the frames one by one. It allows a low-opacity view of the previous frame as a guide to the next one. Toolbars are quite limited and the application doesn’t allow any copy/pasting features. Hence students had to do every frame by hand. This highlighted the excellent artistic capabilities of the students. The application allows you to save the animation as a gif file.
Students enjoyed it a lot. They worked in groups of four and produced amazing animations. One of the groups won the third prize and they were presented with a certificate and a 2GB pendrive during the school rollcall by the eTwinning Coordinator Ms. Jeanette Cardona. The other participants were given various eTwinning tokens.
The competition winners together with Ms. McNamara, head of school and Ms. Cardona, eTwinning Coordinator
Last week marked the end of the eTwinning evening course 2009. During the last class session on the 23rd March, a virtual closure meeting was organized through FlashMeeting for the 1st April 2009.
FlashMeeting is a free online conferencing application, which allows a group of people to meet from anywhere in the world through an internet connection. The meeting is pre-booked by one of the users and a link, containing a unique password for the meeting, is then passed on to all participants. For Maltese teachers, to book a FlashMeeting event, send an email to Rose Anne Xerri on email@example.com. It is important to give the following information to book the meeting: school, school telephone number, teacher’s name, date of conference, time and duration of the conference, a title for the conference and the number of participants for the conference.