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eTwinning Project of the Month – Young Citizens in Action

By Marianne Schembri

St. Thomas More College, Fgura Primary A

From their birth young children begin to explore their world and try to make sense of their social and physical environment.  They gradually learn more about their expanding community and eventually come to see themselves as citizens.

eTwinning Project of the Month: Hopes and Dreams

By Mario Xerri,

Gozo College, Victoria Girls’ Secondary

We all dream. Humans are born with the ability to dream and hope for something better. We dream of a better future for ourselves, for our countries and for mother earth.

eTwinning Project of the Month: Eco-Action Network

By Ms. Ramona Mercieca & Ms. Joanie Xiberras

Gozo College, Victoria Girls’ Secondary

Our project, Eco Action Network, started formally on eTwinning this scholastic year. However, we have been working on it for these last 3 years through the EkoSkola Committee. The project aims are to raise more awareness amongst our students towards a more sustainable environment both at school and community level. This project makes also an emphasis on water consumption and its use especially during the month of March when World Water Day is celebrated. Besides informing students on water usage and how to safeguard this scarce vital resource, solidarity with children in Third World countries is shown by raising funds to support various water projects in their countries.

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Project of the Month: Submit A Project Write-up for our National Blog

Would you like to share your project with the rest of the world by having your project feature on our Project of the Month section ? Teachers sending us a project  write-up will be receiving an eTwinning pendrive, whilst their students will receive eTwinning tokens.  The original call was published on the CMeLD Letter Circular, 7/2013.

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Project of the Month: A Train Load of Celebrations!

by Michelle Saliba, St. Clare College, Gzira Primary

A Train load of Celebrations is an eTwinning project founded in November 2010. This project is about four different European schools: Poland, Italy, Romania and Malta with participating students between 4-7 years that decided to hop on this train full of festivities that we celebrate throughout the four seasons. The main aim of this collaboration was to present and share how we celebrate each festivity differently according to our country culture and traditions. We presented these celebrations by including the students’ drawings, art & crafts, storytelling, music, rhymes, games combined with the use of ICT- an essential tool that facilitated our collaboration.

Through this project the students discovered about different festivities celebrated in various countries and learnt how they can share and communicate with other foreign students. In the beginning we also decided to use twinspace and to create our project website http://atrainloadofcelebrations.weebly.com/. This online tool gave us the opportunity to embed presentations, students’ work, events and to communicate with our etwinning partners better by keeping up to date about the coming festivities through the use of a calendar.

Through this collaboration the students learnt a lot of ICT skills such as taking photos by using a digital camera, using online drawing programmes like imaginationcubed, scratch, various activities on the Interactive White Board, stopmotion, voki, Bee-bot, storybird, e-book, etc. We also met our Italian etwinning partners through a videoconference by using elluminate.

A train outing was organised so the students understood our project title. Click on this link to see this event: http://atrainloadofcelebrations.weebly.com/events.html. This project was awarded the quality label during the National eTwinning awards 2011. At the end of the scholastic year the students were also given eTwinning tokens for their participation in this collaboration.

  

eTwinning Project of the Month: Bonding with Nature

Bonding with Nature is a project between the Year 2 class of Ms. Marika Vella Montebello of St Margaret College, Zabbar Primary A and 7 other partner schools from Turkey and Romania.  This project focuses on the beauty of nature and how everything in nature bounds together in perfect harmony.  Ms. Vella Montebello was aided in the realisation of this project by the class LSA, Ms. Elaine Camilleri.

All things are bound together…. all things connect… Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky. We do not ask what useful purpose the birds do sing, since they were created for singing. The diversity of the phenomena of Nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment. Yet, we live in a land of vanishing beauty, of increasing ugliness, of shrinking open space, and of an over-all environment that is diminished daily by pollution and noise and blight. The survival of the world depends upon our sharing what we have and working together. If we don’t, the whole world will die: first the planet, and next the people.

The aim of this project was to increase children’s awareness and knowledge, as well as entertain: a  fun way to educate and inform children and their parents about the environment. This was carried out by investigating the children’s local nature, complemented with visits and talks about the local Fauna and Flora. Children learnt about different types of trees, flowers and living creatures. They used technology to capture videos, photos and explore through the use of hand-held digital microscopes.

Exchange of ideas, drawings, crafts and other creative work was shared through the TwinSpace with other schools from Romania and Turkey. The exchange  started with each teacher  introducing their classrooms and schools through photos / video or PowerPoint.

The Maltese children discovered their Local Fauna and Flora  during a school outing – fieldwork at Buskett, where children used Tuff Cams and Digital Cameras to take pictures and videos. They also used the Easi Scope to examine living creatures.  Students also had a booklet to fill up with information while observing nature.  This activity was followed by a visit at the school of the Nature Trust Malta, whose members delivered a talk to the children.

Back at school, the children also created a variety of resources on their classroom computers using the online slideshow maker Slide.com.  Their various creations were also uploaded and shared on the TwinSpace.  Below are the links for the children’s work:

Field Work at Buskett –    http://www.slide.com/r/EekeXmrB4D-oMHNrFgi96YtSRlg=cyBY2

 Maltese Nature – http://www.slide.com/r/gpcJ8GCd4z_UreGmAksS6GVlF2ghcT3D

(Students took some of these photos themselves with Tuff Cams)

 Different Leaves –  http://www.slide.com/r/gB6uFEckmD_MK3SW1iATtC4TtTbLW9kd=

(Students took these close ups with the Easi Scope and saved them on teacher’s laptop)

 Class Activities –  http://www.slide.com/r/BEIyOSlP7j-_wVFbx5V-btPCz3RVSAD8

Children learnt more about the effects of  global warming and also how they can help to keep the environment clean and maintain the local fauna alive. Children created sentences and made bookmarks to save Nature.  A poster was also created.

An illustrated ebook was created with the students’ story to show how to look after nature and appreciate what they have.  They also inserted their own drawings.  The ebook – Elina u Ġanni fil-Kampanja – can be found here: http://www.myebook.com/index.php?option=ebook&id=75090.  This is a story combined with a lesson – how we should look after our nature and enjoy its beauty.

 Children learnt not to abuse the land and living things since nature is a community in which we belong.  They began to use it with love and respect.  Nature is the source of solace, inspiration, venture and delight, a home, a teacher and a companion.  Therefore this project promoted a greater understanding and respect for animals, plants, water, soil, air and energy systems. Children comprehended the positive and negative environmental effects of their actions.

This project was very well received during the eTwinning National Awards 2011 and received the first prize in the Primary Schools Category.

eTwinning Project of the Month – Caustic

by Ms. Josephine Ebejer Grech, St. Ignatius College, Blata il-Bajda Girls’ Junior Lyceum

The name “Caustic” refers to an eTwinning project where students from 3 different countries shared their experiments. The students who took part in this project were Biology and Science students from St Ignatius College GJL Blata l-Bajda Malta; Science students from Sibiu in Romania; and Chemistry and Science students from Antonio Paccinotti, Taranto Italy.

At around September the three teachers discussed the topics that they teach. At first they were going to share only those topics that are common amongst the three, but then they decided that they would share any interesting experiments that they were going to do along the scholastic year.

The second step was to invite students into the TwinSpace. They started introducing themselves, their countries and their schools by video clips, picturetrails, word documents and power points.

After the ice breaking exercises, the teachers started working on the first topic “Acids and Alkalis” which was a common topic amongst the three countries. It was very interesting to see the different approaches that different teachers take to teach the same topic. It was also very interesting and innovative for the students to take a video camera in their hands and film each other doing the experiments. Now it was their responsibility to understand well the procedure of the experiment as it was their turn to explain well to the students in the other countries. This was the first advantage achieved by this eTwinning project – motivation. The students used to look forward to see themselves explaining on the TwinSpace, and they looked even more forward to see the comments written about their explanations.

The project proceeded by sharing more and more experiments – not only by sharing video clips, but also sharing the write ups, comments about how to improve the practical, critical notes, prezi presentations, power point presentations, picturetrails, slideshows, etc.

Sample of videos:

Towards the end of the project the students had to vote for their favourite video clip.

This project was awarded the national quality label as well as the first prize during the national eTwinning awards on the 13th May 2011.