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eTwinning’s workshop for students at Embed 2011

During the week of our National eTwinning Conference held in conjunction with Embed 2011, eTwinning organized daily workshops for students from different schools and of different age groups.

Three groups of up to 15 students visited the eTwinning stand daily. The eTwinning National Support Service staff, Jeannette Cardona and Amanda Debattista, showed the students at their workshop how they can use a free web 2.0 tool, which could be part of thier school project work and can be also embedded in the eTwinning TwinSpace or other online spaces.

The tool presented to the primary pupils was Smilebox. This is a free downloadable programme in which photos can be inserted to create a number of digital material like photobooks, scrapbooks, slideshows, collages… All the features of this programme were explained and the pupils were given folders with photos to create their own Scrapbook or Collage. All the creations were then emailed by the pupils to the National Support Service and they enjoyed seeing each other’s work projected on the large screen.

The secondary students had a go at using ToonDoo to create comic strips. This free online application allows you to create comic strips and then collect them in books. The students were shown how the tools work and then were allowed to choose a theme and work on a comic they were intersted in. All comic strips were sent to the National Support Service to view on the projected screen. 

Below are some samples of the work done by different pupils:

Smilebox samples:

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ToonDoo samples:

THe final round

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 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 Contact Seminar for Mediterranean Countries


On the weekend of the 19th, 20th and 21st of November, the eTwinning National Support Service has organised a contact seminar for teachers of Mediterranean Countries.  Teachers teaching in secondary schools in Cyprus, Greece, France and Spain, together with a good selection of teachers from Maltese schools, have attended this three day seminar.  The main aim of this seminar was to start new and interesting projects in the secondary schools.

The event kicked off with the official opening ceremony, which was held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana at 6pm.  The ceremony was opened by the eTwinning NSS team, Jeannette Cardona and Amanda Debattista, who welcomed all those who were present.  This was followed by an introductory speech by Mr. Raymond J. Camilleri, Director, CMeLD.  Afterwards, the attendees were given a keynote speech by Ms. Vanessa Camilleri, lecturer at the Faculty of Education, titled ‘Where’s the “e” in the E-Learning (R)evolution?’

After the ceremony, those present were invited to a reception at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, where the European teachers were able to network with Maltese nationals.  A group of Maltese teachers then offered to take the European teachers to take in the view of the Grand Harbour at night, for an impromptu cultural tour.

image_gallery3Saturday was jam packed with workshops and activities.  After the ice-breaking session, where the European teachers were asked to learn some key phrases in Maltese and re-tell them to the group, the official workshops kicked off.  The first two workshops involved familiarisation and hands on activities on the eTwinning Desktop and TwinSpace, and were delivered by Jeannette Cardona and Amanda Debattista.  After lunch, two more digital media workshops were delivered:  one on Prezi, the online presentation software by Franco Costa, and another one on MS Movie Maker by Dennis Zammit.  After a short break, the participants re-grouped for the final presentations of the day, which were delivered by Josephine Ebejer Grech and Mario Xerri (eTwinning Ambassadors for Malta) and by Tonio Cassar, who has been engaging in eTwinning projects since the very beginning.

After the workshops, the teachers adjourned for dinner at the Bella Vista Hotel in Qawra.

On the final day, Sunday, the participants met to discuss the outcomes and to finally form their much discussed projects.  During a session facilitated by Miriam Schembri, eTwinning Ambassador and part of the Pedagogical Teacher Team, the participants brainstormed ideas for their projects and formed into groups to start forming them.  Some of the participants even managed to form projects during the session; while other projects were formed later on in the week.

Up to now, 5 projects have stemmed from this contact seminar: 

  • Sharing Histories, by Marvic Tonna and Sergio Sanchez Hernandez;
  • Local Architecrue, by Alison Zammit Endrich and Andreas Ttofi;
  • Teenagers and Fashion, by Carmen Grech and Audrey Merland;
  • Social Bridges, by Silvio Camilleri and Timos Theofanellis;
  • Valletta and Pafos, by Josephine Xerri and Xenia Fetta.

All those involved in the seminar, participants, teachers and organisers, have truly enjoyed this networking experience, which has proved to be fruitful for all.  All the teachers have kept in touch with each other and with their respective National Support Services, and are willing to keep on collaborating in the near future.

Are you interested in starting off a collaboration with another European School?  For more information do not hesitate to contact the eTwinning National Support Service on 25982150 or by email on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.net

EkoSkola – eTwinning Training Event in Malta

During the past scholastic year, eTwinning Malta and EkoSkola Malta discussed the possibilities of liasion between the two actions. The same discussions were being made at a European level by other countries involved in eTwinning and EcoSchools and also by the International Eco-Schools and the eTwinning Central Support Services. 

ekoskola-etwinning-035A two-day training session took place in Malta on the 14th and 15th October. The main aim of this training session was for a group of Eco-Schools teachers to start off projects within their Eco-Schools programme involving the use of ICT and thus using the tools offered by eTwinning. The delegation present for this training was made up of the national Eco-Schools operators and a school teacher from Iceland, Portugal, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Wales, Puerto Rico and Denmark. ekoskola-etwinning-002Malta was represented by all the members of the EkoSkola Coordination and a number of Maltese school teachers. Mr. Bernard Holland, the International Eco-Schools Coordinator and Mr. Ebbe Schultze, the Danish eTwinning National Support Service were also present.

The participants were trained on the eTwinning tools and various Web 2.0 tools at the eLearning Centre, Floriana by the two National Support Service members, Jeannette Cardona and Amanda Debattista.  

Some Maltese eTwinners who had previously done projects related to the environment were also invited to showcase their projects to the participants. 


  • Ms. Fiona Galea, St. Albert the Great College,  presented e@rth c@re and other projects together with three students 
  • Ms. Miriam Schembri, St. Thomas More College, Fgura Primary A, presented Colours of Life
  • Ms. Maria Magro, St. Gorg Preca College, Hamrun GP Primary, showed the participants a power point about the advantages of eTwinning and presented Noah’s Ark among her projects.
  • Ms. Dorianne Farrugia, St. Theresa College, St. Venera Primary, presented her Where We Live and What We Eat project.


ekoskola-etwinning-042All the delegation also visited San Gorg Preca College, Paola Primary B where Mr. Grech, Head of School, welcomed them and introduced them to the school’s EkoSkola Committee. It was a great experience to listen to the pupils address the delegation and talk about the EkoSkola programme within their school. The pupils also took the visitors around the school.  ekoskola-etwinning-048Mr. J. Saccasan, a teacher who annually participates in eTwinning projects, also showed the participants how he uses TwinSpace for project collaboration.

This training event served for three pilot eTwinning-EcoSchools projects to kick off. The members were helped in registering the project and then planned how to organize the project’s TwinSpace together. The eTwinning National Support Service was present to aide them and suggest ways and means of how different Web 2.0 tools can be used and embeded within the TwinSpace. 

This event was also reported in the international EcoSchools website.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Embed 2010 – Day 2

Pupils started arriving at the the Grand Hotel Excelsior at 9am for their workshops and to visit the exhibition. Today we also had a great number of Maths students visiting since the Maths Department organized a presentation of the Maths awards to their students.


After this presentation, the students with their teachers visited the Maths exhibition stand, all the college stands, the eTwinning stand and the Microsoft stand.



Other students were taking part in a variety of workshops as you can see here.

Beebot workshop




Wii workshop



Lego Minstorms NXT workshop





Design & Technology workshop



Smart Interactive Whiteboard workshop


 Lego WeDo workshop


Promethean Interactive Whiteboard workshop



At 3.30 teachers arrived to the teacher-training workshops organized by eTwinning. Three workshops took place this evening, Online Collaborative Projects for Language Teachers, The Use of Smart Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom for Beginners and The Use of Promethean Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom for Intermediate / Advanced Users.