Tag Archive for 'photo editing'

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.


Gimp – A free alternative to Photoshop

If you ever felt the need to retouch, edit or manipulate an image in any way, you would probably use Adobe Photoshop. Unfortunately, this excellent, industry standard piece of software does not come in cheap so if you did not have access to it, you would have been left pretty much stranded – unless you knew about Gimp.

Gimp stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is an open-source paint program that can be used to perform complex tasks such as photo retouching and image manipulation or simply as a paint program. GIMP is growing in popularity at a rapid rate as a complete graphics package – it is free and a good substitue of Photoshop.

Continue reading review by Winston Attard

A Snapshot of Europe: a 24 Country eTwinning Project

taking-pixMichael Purves and Oleflemming Nielsen, two experienced eTwinners, are launching their project ‘A Snapshot of Europe’, for Primary school teachers and students.  This project will be  on a large scale and the aim is to have one teacher from every country participating.

Ms. Nielsen writes:

The aim of the project will be for your children to use digital cameras (or mobile telephones with cameras) to take photos in a range of categories. (Landscape, nature, people, perhaps sport.) I will create folders in the eTwinning Twinspace for all photos from each class to be uploaded, and once they are all there, each country will need to decide on their favourite picture in each category, (from their own class) which they will THEN nominate and upload to the project blog, which I will create. Once each class has their own preferred picture in each category uploaded to the blog, we will all (like in Schoolovision) spend a week or so looking at all the work, and deciding on our favouritesWe plan to use FlashMeeting webcam conferencing again to cast our votes for each favourite photo, and then we will name the winners overall in each category.”

Now the project founders are looking for one Maltese partner to complete their group.  Contact has already been made with the Malta’s National Support Service.  If you are interested in this project, contact Ms. Amanda Debattista on 25982150 or by e-mail at amromica@gmail.com.  Remember, only one Maltese school can participate, so if you are interested, please get in touch with Ms. Debattista as soon as possible.

Good luck with your project! :)

Comic Photo Editor: SuperLame

Article by Amanda R. Debattista

logo1Ever seen a rather serious looking photo of someone you know, or indeed yourself, and wish you could lighten it up a little with speech bubbles? Or indeed, create a comic strip with your favourite pictures? Now there is a Web 2.0 application that is easy to use and can do just that: BeOriginal’s SuperLame….

Continue reading SuperLame...

eTwinning evening course 2009

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 roseanne.xerri@gov.mt. 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.

Continue reading ‘eTwinning evening course 2009′

Picasa 3

Picasa is a software application for organising, editing and displaying digital photos. It was originally created by Idealab, but in 2004 it was acquired by Google and made available for free download.

Review by Amanda R. Debattista