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eTwinning National Awards Ceremony 2010

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.

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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.

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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:

1st Prize

Maria Antoinette Magro

“Noah’s Ark”

San Gorg Preca College, Hamrun Primary GP

2nd Prize

Michelle Cauchi

“All About Us”

St. Clare College, Gzira Primary

3rd Prize

Patricia Bondin & Janet Mifsud

“One Earth Different People”

St. Thomas More College,

Marsascala Primary

Merit Prize

Dorianne Farrugia

“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:

1st Prize

Mario Xerri

“The Other Side of the Coin”

Gozo College,

Girls’ Secondary School

2nd Prize

Fiona Galea

“E@rth C@re”

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:

1st Prize

Marika Vella Montebello, Charmaine Bartolo, Elaine Camilleri.

St. Marguerite College, Zabbar Primary A

2nd Prize

Rita Portelli, Angolina Gauci & Doris Mallia

St. Marguerite College, Zabbar Primary A

Merit Prize

Eleonor Bugeja

Maria Regina College, Mosta Primary B

In the Secondary resources category, the winner was:

1st Prize

Alice Micallef

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!

The eTwinning National Support Serivices would like to congratulate all the winners, and also thank all those involved in both the eTwinning Conference and EMBED for their ongoing support.


Three more eTwinning Teacher-Training workshops at Embed

On the third day of the eTwinning National Conference and Embed 2010, three more workshops were set up for teachers in the afternoon.

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Ms. Amanda Debattista, eTwinning NSS, delivered a workshop called eTwinning for Primary Schools, in which the participants went through a review of the eTwinning portal and desktop and were given the opportunity to share and discuss projects they carried out during the year. On the second part of the workshop the participants were able to work with three online applications: Glogster, Sketchfu and Voki.

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Ms. Marianne Schembri, eTwinning Ambassador, held a workshop about The New TwinSpace and VideoConferencing.  She showed how to manage pages and how to upload material in the new TwinSpace. In the second part of the session Elluminate was used to show the participants how to make a video conference with project partners abroad.

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Ms. Mary Vassallo, Smart IWB trainer, held another workshop about The Use of the Smart Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom for beginners.

These three workshops were the last from the number of teacher-training workshops offered to teachers during the eTwinning National Conference and Embed 2010. From evaluations given by participants, all the workshops were considered useful and of great interest.

St. Gorg Preca College Paola A pupils using Tuff Cams at the eTwinning workshop

A group of pupils from St Gorg Prece College, Paola Primary A visited the eTwinning stand and took part in the TuffCam workshop, where they were given the cameras to shoot photos of the 10 college stands at the Embed: Best Use of ICT event. Some of the photos they took can be seen in this presentation.

San Andrea pupils at eTwinning workshops

Some of San Andrea pupils who visited the eTwinning stand at the Embed 2010 exhibition used TuffCams to shoot photos of some other workshops taking place. Here is a presentation of some of the photos they took.

The eTwinning National Conference is on!

The eTwinning National Conference 2010 started off this morning at the Grand Hotel Excelsior as part of the Embed 2010: Best Use of ICT events. The exhibition stand has been put up on Monday and Tuesday with many resources various teachers taking part in eTwinning sent us. A section of the eTwinning stand is also dedicated to the 5th anniversary of eTwinning and includes all the birthday cards sent by pupils to commemorate the 5th of May 2010.

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The first activity running on the eTwinning stand was a videoconference with a group of students from St. Benedict College, Sta Lucia Girls Secondary communicating with a group of students from the Istituzione Scolastica Comunità Montana Mont Rose A in Pont Saint Martin, Italy with their teachers, Prof. Cristina Sibilio and Prof. Donatella Camizzi. An Italian eTwinning ambassador, Prof.  Costantino Soudaz, from Isitip Verrès in Verrés, Italy was also present for the videoconference. The students presented themselves and then asked and answered some questions.  Another videoconference took place with a group of pupils from St. Theresa College, St. Venera Primary who communicated with a school from Yester Primary School, East Lothian, Scotland.

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The Director for Curriculum Management and eLearning visited the exhibition and ongoing workshops.

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During all the day, various groups of students and pupils came to our stand to see the Easi-scope and Easi-talk activity taking place. Ms. Miriam Schembri, eTwinning Ambassador and KG Assistant at St Thomas More College, Fgura Primary A, showed visitors how to use and explore little objects and insects with this hand held microscope and to record videos of what they see through it. The participants were also asked to relate what they learnt using the Easi-talk to record their thoughts.

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Other visitors took a look at all the resources exhibited on our stand. Amongst these, the Mosta pupils who participated in an eTwinning project and sent us their material, came by and were so pleased to see what they had made. This creates visibility for their work and they were very proud of it.

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In the afternoon, eTwinning delivered the first two teacher-training workshops, eTwinning for Beginners and Using the Promethean Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom for beginners, delivered by Jeannette Cardona and Reuben Schembri respectively.

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eTwinning Workshops at National Conference 2010

This year, the eTwinning National Conference will be held in conjunction with Embed 2010 at the Excelsior Hotel, Floriana, from the 19th May to the 25th May 2010. A variety of activities, including  a number of workshops, organized by eTwinning will be part of this event. The workshops are aimed at both registered members and teachers who would like to know more about eTwinning and collaboration through the use of ICT.

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Teachers interested in applying for one or more workshops are to send an email to etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt with name, surname, school, subject / year group taught, personal email address and contact number (tel / mob) or call Ms. Jeannette Cardona or Ms. Amanda Debattista on 25982150 / 79002150. Applications are on first come, first serve basis to a maximum of 15 participants per workshop for individual attention.

Applications are to reach us by Monday 10th May 2010.