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eTwinning Ideas for the Summer Break – Primary Schools

The FIND ETWINNERS section on the eTwinning Desktop provides a wealth of ideas for teachers who are planning to start a project during the next scholastic year. On the right hand side of the FIND ETWINNERS page one can find the eTwinning FORUMS which are sub divided into ages and categories. Teachers from all over Europe can post their project ideas, or join already existing projects. Hereunder we have chosen a selection of project ideas posted this week under the 4-11 year group (Kindergarten/Primary). Read the rest of the article to find out more !

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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 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.

How is the Weather? – eTwinning Project

passjuJOANA AINA POL, a Spanish teacher is looking for a partner to work with students of 3rd and 4th grade of primary. She wants to exchange information about the weather in winter and the games children do in the playground. Apart from this she is also interested in exchanging more info about traditions and things to do during this season. The language will be English and it would start in November and run until mid March.

Anyone interested in joining this project can look up JOANA AINA POL in the FIND ETWINNERS section of your eTwinning Desktop and email her to show her your interest.

Good luck!

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!

Flying Letters – eTwinning Project

flyinglettersTeachers from seven different countries have already started off a project titled ‘Flying Letters’ and are willing to have more teachers join them in this adventure.

The main aim of this project is to promote written English through interesting celebrations, national traditions and important things in students’ lives (school, games, exams…). The students involved in this project span from 10 to 12 years old. 

If you are interested in joining this project, you can search the founders in the FIND ETWINNERS section of your eTwinning desktop to contact them. Their names are: Magdalena Burzyk from Poland and Encarnación Linde Moraleda from Spain. Send them an internal email and ask to join the project.

Good luck!