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eTwinning ShareIT 2011 Seminar

The Maltese eTwinning NSS are pleased to organize a ShareIT seminar where teachers who participated in eTwinning projects during this scholastic year are being invited to come and share their experience and ideas.

 

Date: 4th July 2011
Time: 13:00 – 16:00
Location: eLearning Centre Lab 2
Participants: Kindergarten Assistants, Primary Teachers and Secondary Teachers with eTwinning projects 2010-2011

 

What can you do during the seminar?

Participants can opt to:

  • present their project to the rest
  • show a new tool they have experimented with this year
  • bring over some resources created for the project to share with the others
  • listen to others and get new ideas or learn new tools

 

Draft Agenda

  • 13:00 – Welcome and introductions by NSS
  • 13:05 – Review of eTwinning National Awards 2011 by NSS
  • 13.45 – Project 1 (15mins)
  • 14:00 – Project 2 (15mins)
  • 14:15 – Project 3 (15mins)
  • 14:30 – Coffee break
  • 15:00 – Tool 1 (30mins)
  • 15:30 – Tool 2 (30mins)

 

How can you participate?

Contact the eTwinning National Support Service on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt.  Please apply by Tuesday 28th June 2011. Hurry spaces are limited!

eTwinning Contact Seminar, Malta: Some thoughts from a Slovenian Participant

By Bernarda Hvala

In March two teachers and three kindergarten teachers headed for Malta from Slovenia to attend a Contact Seminar. Bernarda, Darja, Ingrid, Maja and Urška learnt about each other while waiting at the airport and in Malta they were all charmed by the variety of different cultures, architecture and people.

Being lucky with time we had a chance to visit a part of Malta on our own. We took a bus to Saint Julian’s where Maja visited the kindergarten that she is working with in an eTwinning project. The kids and the teacher were thrilled by Maja’s visit. The rest of us walked back for a while admiring the coast, hotels and old houses…

Valleta fascinated us by its streets, Mdina with its littleness and a wonderful view of Malta. In addition, Abigail and Silvio kindly took us on a night-sightseeing tour and showed us the night life of Malta.

Carriages that are quite common on Malta are in Slovenia very rare nowadays. We really liked the song “Karozzin” and back home we played it to the kids in our groups as well.

The Maltese people are very friendly and helpful. We were treated by Maltese typical food, wine and beer.

Our meetings at the workshops were very educational, especially the lectures and the presentations by Mr. R. J. Camilleri in Dr. P. Bonanno. We attended different workshops on photography display: Smilebox, Mixbook and Glogster. Examples of good practice that were presented were very interesting and very useful for our work with children.

The best of all was the coming together of the participants of the six countries: Malta, Slovakia, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic and Slovenia. We shared our experiences, worked together in workshops and learnt about each other’s countries, towns, school systems… etc. We planned our projects together.

The days on Malta were very creative and very motivating for our future work in education. 

Thank you to Amanda and Jeanette and other Malta team for four wonderful days in Malta,  mails and all the information provided!

The Early Years eTwinning Contact Seminar in Malta

by Janet Mifsud, St. Thomas More College, Marsaskala Primary

This seminar differed from other seminars as it presented us the opportunity to interact with educators from foreign countries some of whom are currently participating in eTwinning projects, while others were here to learn about eTwinning.

It was a pleasure to meet up with prospective partners who will be collaborating with us on our next project. Ideas were exchanged while there was ample time for some good practice sharing.

On Monday 21-03-11, two of the Polish participants paid a visit to our school, St Thomas More College, Marsaskala Primary. They were both overwhelmed by our colourful classrooms although according to their standards are quite small.

They congratulated us on our fantastic classroom ideas and even took photos thereof so as to apply them when they returned to their country.

Monika, Dagmara, Patricia and I found time for storytelling to our young ones in our classrooms. The children were so overjoyed by their visit in our classrooms that they were also eager to sing some traditional and action songs for our foreign counterparts in our national language.

All in all it was an unforgettable experience which I am sure we all shall always cherish.

Patricia and I would like to congratulate Ms Jeannette Cardona and Ms Amanda Debattista for the excellent organisation of this seminar and hope that we will have the opportunity for similar experiences in the near future.

A hearty thankyou goes to both organisers!!

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 Awareness Programme for the Senior Management Team

Circular CMeLD 243/2010 has been sent to all Kinder, Primary and Secondary schools to invite Senior Management Staff to attend an eTwinning Awareness Programme.

eTwinning is the Virtual Community for Schools in Europe. Teachers from all participating countries can register and use the eTwinning online tools (Portal, Desktop and TwinSpace) to meet virtually, exchange ideas and practice examples, team up in Groups, learn together in Learning Events and engage in online-based projects.

The benefits of eTwinning for the school include:

  • direct contact with other education professionals in European countries,
  • an awareness of teaching and/or management approaches used in other countries,
  • sharing and celebration of teachers’ own professional expertise and experience

The awareness seminar will be held on Thursday, 20th January 2011 at the eLearning Centre, Floriana,
between 9:00am – 11:00am.

Agenda:

  • Introducing the eTwinning Action
  • eTwinning Tools: Portal and Desktop
  • eTwinning Projects: Examples of Projects in Practice

Members of the Senior Management Team who are interested in attending this seminar are invited to contact  the eTwinning National Support Service on 2598 2150 or send an email to etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt, by not later than Friday 14th January 2011.

The New eTwinning Desktop Seminar

October 25, 2010
3:30 pmto5:30 pm

picture_12The new eTwinning Desktop has been launched!

The new eTwinning Desktop offers more options and possibilities for networking. It is where you will find all the tools for networking and collaboration as well as information and announcements. It allows you to participate in discussions on different topics in Teachers Rooms, look for announcements for Learning Events, check out which eTwinning Groups are currently running, enrich yourself professionally as you network using the Profile, find people to share your own interests and who might be interested in future work with you in Find eTwinners and learn about interesting projects and ways of teaching in Resources.

A seminar to highlight the new features is being organized by the National Support Service at the eLearning Centre in Floriana on Monday 25th October from 15.30 to 17.00 in Lab 2.

Learn what’s new, what’s changed and what stayed the same by participating in this seminar! 

The seminar is open to all those already registered to eTwinning. If new teachers are interested, please register at www.etwinning.net prior to the seminar.

Applications are to be sent by email to etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt. Bookings are open till Wednesday 20th October 2010.

For more details don’t hesitate to contact the eTwinning NSS on 25982150 or 79002150.

Mediterrenean Countries eTwinning Contact Seminar in Malta

November 19, 2010 4:00 pmtoNovember 21, 2010 12:30 pm

A group of Secondary School teachers from Mediterranean Countries, eager to start new eTwinning projects with Maltese teachers, will be visiting Malta for a weekend contact seminar from Friday 19th November to Sunday 21st November 2010. A circular was issued by the Curriculum Management and eLearning Department (CMeLD 163) including the agenda.

Secondary School teachers 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. Maltese participants who will have a registered eTwinning project by the end of the seminar will be awarded a webcam for class use.

Teachers who wish to attend the seminar are kindly requested to apply by email at etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt or call on 25982150 / 79002150. Please include full name, email address and school name. Applicants who are accepted will receive confirmation by email.

Applications are to reach the eTwinning National Support Service by Friday 22nd October, 2010.