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The Early Years Contact Seminar in Malta

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.

 

eTwinning Carnival Competition for Students

eTwinning Malta is launching a competition for Primary and Secondary School students – Recycling for Carnival – with the main aim of getting students documenting processes using ICT tools.

All participants will receive an eTwinning token and the most creative results in Primary and Secondary categories will be awarded the following items:

• 1st Prize: Webcams
• 2nd Prize: 2Gb Pendrives
• 3rd Prize: USB hubs

  

Competition process and regulations:

  1. Create a Carnival-related float, costume or mask using recycled materials.
  2. Take a number of photos during this process, from the raw materials (which would have been thrown away) till the finished product.
  3. Transfer the photos onto your computer.
  4. Use one of the following presentation software to show this step-by-step process.
  5. The students can work in groups of up to 4 (not a whole class activity) and each school can submit as many presentations as students prepare.
  6. Presentations can be sent to the eTwinning office:
  7. Presentations submitted for evaluation need to have:
    • Name of students (up to 4 students)
    • Age of students
    • College and School Name
    • Name of teacher/s mediating this initiative
  8. Deadline for submissions: Friday 11th March 2011 @ 12.00 noon

eTwinning Project of the Month – A Healthy Mind… A Healthy Body

A Healthy Mind .. A Healthy body

by Ms. Romina and Ms. Bryndis, St. Thomas More College, M’Skala Primary

This project for the scholastic year 2010/2011, is between two Maltese kindergarten assistants, Ms. Romina and Ms. Bryndis, from St. Thomas More College, M’Skala Primary and Ms. Mihaela Criveanu from Madona- Dudu Preschool, Romania.

The starting point of the project was reading the story of ‘Robi r-Robot’ which is written by the Maltese author, Trevor Zahra. Robi is the mascot of our project – he carries the flag of Malta and that of Romania. Robi is a happy robot, because he likes to eat healthy food, he likes to practice keep-fit and also likes to keep himself clean!

In this project, we are sharing different ideas about the importance of having a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. Thus, we are carrying out various activities such as cooking healthy recipes, explaining about personal hygiene, and discussing about the importance of daily physical activities. The activities are helping the children to become more confident in what they can do, and also helping them develop new abilities.

During this year, the children are also being exposed to different technological devices such as the TuffCam, the easy scope digital microscope and the webcam. All the photos regarding these activities are posted on the eTwinning Twinspace, so that the Romanian children can see what we are doing, and they also share their activities with us via the same Twinspace.

Our main focus on this project is giving hands-on experience to the children, such as experiencing cooking in the class and looking closely at fruits and vegetables.

Furthermore, during this project the children are also learning about the lifestyle and culture of the Romanian people. In fact, the children learnt that the Romanian people have a different flag, a different language and different weather. During a video conference, these cultural aspects were manifested. The children sang to each other in different languages and they showed each other their flags. Luckily, during the web conferencing, in Romania it was snowing and our partner country showed us the snow out of the window!

The project is integrated with all the aspects of the pre-school curriculum: these include mathematics, literacy, creativity, social and emotional knowledge, understanding of the world around us and physical development.

Not only are we, Kindergarten Assistants, enjoying the project but it is also great fun for our kids!

eTwinning Multilateral Contact Seminar in Malta

March 18, 2011 4:00 pmtoMarch 20, 2011 2:00 pm

eTwinning is pleased to announce that a group of Early Years teachers from Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Republic will be visiting Malta for a weekend Contact Seminar from Friday 18th March to Sunday 20th March 2011. The title of the contact seminar is “Enhancing Teaching and Learning in the Early Years with eTwinning and Web 2.0 Tools”. The agenda has been published with Circular CMeLD 28/2011.

Kindergarten Assistants and Primary School teachers up to Year 3 interested in starting collaborative projects with foreign teachers are kindly invited to attend this contact seminar. All participants will be given an eTwinning pack. Application is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants from Malta.

Maltese participants who will have a registered eTwinning project by the end of the seminar will be awarded a set of PC/laptop speakers for classroom use.

Teachers who wish to attend the seminar are kindly requested to apply by email at etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt or call on 2598 2150 / 7900 2150. Please include full name, email address, mobile number and school name. Applicants who are accepted will receive confirmation by email.

Applications are to reach Ms. Jeannette Cardona and Ms. Amanda Debattista at the eTwinning National Support Service by not later than Friday 25th February 2011.

Web conferencing at Marsaskala Primary

As part of their eTwinning project ‘HAPPY MINDS STRONG BODY’, a web conference took place between Malta – St Thomas More College, M’Skala Primary (Ms Janet Mifsud and Ms Patricia Bondin) and 3 other countries namely Poland, Portugal and Greece on Wednesday 12th January 2011. The link started at 9.00am and ended at about 11.45am.

Our kindergarten children sang to the children of the mentioned countries in our language and also in English, while the children of the other participating countries sang in their national language and also danced for us. The children could not contain their excitement on seeing each other on the computer while clapping heartily in approval.

It was a great success for us here at M’Skala Primary School.

It is an event which will surely be repeated – hopefully also with other partners taking part in the HAPPY MINDS STRONG BODIES eTwinning Collaborative Project!!

Happy Picture – eTwinning Project

emaSilja Enok, an Estonian teacher would like to start off a project with very young pupils using MS Paint to draw pictures on the computer.

The children will use the pencil tool and the colour palette. Finally they will save the finished image. The teachers will arrange the pictures on an on-line exhibition. The theme of the children’s drawings will be “Colours of living. ” This is a short-term project.

If you are interested in starting off or joining this project you can look up Silja Enok in the FIND ETWINNERS section on your eTwinning Desktop and contact her through the internal mail to show her your interest.

Good luck!

Kindersite: Where Children Play and Teachers Learn

logoAs from this scholastic year (2009-2010), desktop PCs have started to be introduced in the Kindergarten classes in Malta andGozo. Apart from the software which comes pre-installed on the Desktops, the Internet connection in the classrooms mean that the Kindergarten teachers also have a vast array of online educational games available freely to them. There are many excellent sites to choose from, and I will be dedicating some of the articles of this blog to them. The first site that I would like to talk about was recommended to me by a good friend (and experienced Kindergarten teacher from Fgura Primary) Miriam Schembri: Kindersite – Where Children Play and Teachers Learnby Amanda R. Debattista