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Finalists 2013

Finalists in each category were shortlisted in June 2013.

The winner from each category has been selected by an expert judging panel and announced in EMBED 2013. Underneath lists highlight shortlisted entries and respective winner of each category.

Smart New Teacher of the Year Award

First Name Last Name School Name Title of Entry
Elaine Aquilina St Ignatius College, Luqa Primary [tooltip tip=”In this project we went through a whole process of learning. <br>1-Our process started from our reading session, from our Maltese reader, Senduq, ‘Xi ħaġa tajba’. <br>2-After, we explained what a recipe is and how this is written.We watched a video ‘Tadam Mimli bl-Irkotta’ in which we discussed about the recipe.We also learnt the different between the ingredients and the tools needed through a handout and an interactive game. <br>3-Then, the children were told that we will be doing a pizza.This was the pre-writing to our writing lesson.The children were asked to think and write the ingredients they need for their pizza. This was done with the help of a powerpoint. <br>4-In our mid-week session, the LSA’s in class and myself made the pizza dough infront of the children.We were being filmed. <br>5-Back in class, together, we wrote the recipe for the pizza dough.In the meantime the pizza dough was being left aside for the ħmira to work. <br>6-The children then opened their pizza dough and prepared the pizza.Again, we were being filmed. <br> 7-We had the writing lesson.As an introduction the children watched the video of themselves preparing the pizza, so that they can remember what they did and help them in their writing.All the children wrote their recipe and most of them shared their writing. <br>8-I corrected all the recipes and the children were told that for assigned to type their recipe for the publishing. <br><br>The children who could type it at home did so .I showed them how to save on a pendrive, and I posted instructions on our class blog. <br>9-The recipe book was produced. <br>10-T he children were recorded saying the ingredients, tools and method of making a pizza so that we could insert it in 1 the video. Our Finished Project includes our ‘Making Pizza’ video and recipe book.”]Year 3Y Make Pizza…[/tooltip]
Marilyn Grima St Benedict College Ghaxaq Primary [tooltip tip=”For this year’s Celebration Day in our school, parents were invited in class to participate in ICT related activities. The activities included the use of the IWB, talking albums, cameras and the voting system. <br>The activity unfolded as follows: – Introduction to the week’s theme – transport ‘ land, sea, air’ – IWB activity – the students were asked to rub off their own photos to reveal pictures related to transport. Some of the student’s pictures were taken during the school outings/ class activities related to the theme. – Craft – the class was divided into 3 groups, each doing a different craft – sand collage (Noah’s ark), kite paper collage (train) & marble painting (plane) – The students, accompanied by their parents, worked in groups using Talking Albums (soft copies included in Talking Album). <br> <br> 2 groups worked on ‘Isma’ u Wieġeb’ and 1 group worked on ‘Tkellem u Rrekordja’. ‘Isma’ u Wieġeb’ Albums had pre-recorded questions about the pictures inserted in the books and the students anwered back. ‘Tkellem u Rrekordja’ Albums required the students to record their own sentences about the pictures in the books. – <br>Towards the end of the session the students participated in a counting activity using the Voting System  together with their parents. The last part of this activity required the parents to use the handsets to give feedback about the activity and the school in general. – This session was concluded by a slideshow presentation about recycled carnival costumes that were created by the students themselves. Each slide included a recording where the students explained what was being shown in the photo. – Before leaving the classroom the parents were given a bookmark as a token from the teacher and the LSA.”]ICT in kindergarten[/tooltip]
Alison Galea St.Clare College, San Gwann Primary A [tooltip tip=”Children managed to incorporate the e-twinning project with this EMBED project as together in collaboration with another year 1 class, they prepared Christmas cards and compiled a video in order to send them Christmas wishes to Poland. With the help of these multiple activities, parents were also involved in the project as the video and cards were shown in the Christmas concert. The link for the video related to Christmas time is : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anDZ P84v16E.”]Christmas Time[/tooltip]
Diane Jones Helen Keller Resource Centre Qrendi Category Winner[tooltip tip=”This activity was programmed so that students could access and choose the desired favourite links independently using 2 switches. This activity was done in order to support the lesson objective in relation to Form 1 ICT Curriculum.”]Favourite Links[/tooltip]
Gianella Busuttil St Patrick’s Salesian School Sliema [tooltip tip=”Students from St Patrick’s Salesian School Sliema created this short video clip to raise awareness on Water Consumption and to make people aware of different ways in which one can make better use of such a precious resource. This video was planned, produced and edited by students themselves under the supervision of Eko Skola link teachers and ICT teacher. Digital media gave these students a medium through which they could showcase their talents, raise awareness about the need to protect natural resources and support their knowledge of ICT. <br> <br> How the activity links to the curriculum: What you are about to see is the work we’ve been doing for the past few months as part of the ekoSkola programme and in various other subjects being Science and ICT, which we have called “Kull Qatra Tghodd”. We have chosen this name because we wanted a name to express the importance of making better use of natural resources, one of which being water. Our school curriculum promotes embedded learning and since in the named subjects, this topic is given a lot of importance, students and teachers worked towards a common project. During ICT students learn to pre-produce, produce and post-produce stages of videography, and thus students opted to practice further these skills and produced such video clip. <br> <br> Students and teachers are thankful for participating in this project because it has given us the opportunity to work together as a team and acquire more organizational skills, thanks to digital media. What the students / teacher did: Teachers helped students to build the storyboard and supported the students continuously throughout the whole activity.”]Kull Qatra Tghodd[/tooltip]

 

Leader of the Year Award

First Name Last Name School Name Title of Entry
Melanie Ungaro Immaculate Conception School Tarxien [tooltip tip=”From the administration part there was better handling of students’ personal information. The teachers started using the system to share with their students valuable resources and to reach learners with different learning needs. In this view the school revised its assessment policy to update to changes required by the school portal. There was a great improvement in the collaboration between all members of staff, parents and students. I was nominated for the award by Sr Teresa Tonna (Head of School) as I administered the project all by myself in just 6 months and it complemented and enhanced the school’s direction. The next step will be the implementation of the VLE.”]The implementation of a school web-based portal[/tooltip]
Mario Xerri Gozo College Girl’s Secondary School [tooltip tip=”As a strong believer that true learning takes place in a constructivist student-centered approach, during the scholastic year 2012-2013 I engaged in different hands-on, project based and group work activities often extending teaching and learning well beyond the physical boundaries and time-table of the classroom. <br> <br> The following are some of the activities: <br>1. Three e-Twinning projects: A. Hopes and Dreams (Done with class 3 Sempreviva in collaboration with schools from Italy and Poland)and the local teacher of English. Access: http://new-twinspace.etwinning.net/web/p86501 B. Let’s Discover Europe (Done with class 3 Pepprin in collaboration with countries from all Europe) Access: http://new-twinspace.etwinning.net/web/p82020 C. Robotics & Industry @ school (Done with Computing group in collaboration with schools from France, Italy and Poland) Access:http://new-twinspace.etwinning.net/web/p87306 <br> 2. Use of Edmodo With the Computing group (2013-2015) throughout the year as we have not yet introduced Fronter, I worked through Edmodo. All communication with students, sharing of resources, notices, tasks and home-works as well as some assignments were done through Edmodo. During the same year, a CLASSMARKER on-line testing system was used. This enabled a number of revision exercises and test to be carried out at home, thus extending actual contact time in class. Furthermore I did create three interactive quizes using Classcom software. Two of these were revision quiz shared with ICT and Computing teachers while another one was done in collaboration with a teacher of Religion. These will be available in my Edmodo’s account library.”]Learning and Teaching without Frontiers[/tooltip]
Deo Grech St Benedict College Ħal Għaxaq Primary School Category WinnerSt Benedict College Ħal Għaxaq [tooltip tip=”St Benedict College Ħal Għaxaq Primary School has launched its official website during the school’s celebration day in 2012. Ever since, the website has attracted over 20,400 hits. The purpose of the school website is to serve as a direct link with parents, the school’s community and other external agencies. The school website is built around the school development plan. Information such as the school aims, motto, vision and mission are included in the ‘About’ section. Whole-school awards as well as individual pupils’ awards are celebrated through the ‘Awards’ section. Abridged versions of the SDP as well as the External Review’s document are included on the website. <br> <br> Another sought after feature is the school’s calendar of events. This is updated termly so that visitors can keep abreast of the school’s busy calendar. Important information such as circulars for parents are also posted in the news section. Information related to the school’s councils are featured in the ‘councils’ section. Pupils work is also celebrated on the website. During Summer 2012, pupils were encouraged to send their own writings and book reviews to the school email and these were uploaded in the ‘Pupils Work’ section. Pupils were also given hyperlinks for other creative writing prompts. School documents are uploaded on the school’s issuu account as well as the school’s PREZI presentations are also hyperlinked on the school’s official website. Several educational links are also provided on the right hand side of the webpage. Links include eBooks, classrooms and educational sites amongst others. The website includes a countdown and a survey feature which makes it more interactive. <br> <br> The official school website URL: http://ghaxaqprimary.wordpress.com/ The school’s issuu account: http://issuu.com/ghaxaqprimary The school’s PREZI account: http://prezi.com/ozx2fpaxedvc/celebration-day-2013/ The official school website, issuu and prezi accounts are maintained by the head of school, Deo Grech.”]Primary School’s Official Website[/tooltip]
Christina Vella STMC Fgura Primary A [tooltip tip=”The school’s main objective behind this project is to engage our young pupils in creative activities where children practice the English language whilst using ICT skills to communicate with other children of different countries within the Comenius Project. Many of these activities are documented and then featured in the blog or the magazine. The SMILE Project – The ComeNews Magazine Our pupils create enough material for 4, A4pages for a magazine that is issued every term. These 4 pages are part of a bigger project as they are collated with works of other countries. The magazine is printed in Malta for our pupils but we also convert it to an ebook using iSSUU. Educators and pupils also contribute towards a Blog that is hosted on the https://www.beneyluschool.net/. <br> <br> The collaboration process behind the project We have contributed towards 3 magazines with 3 different titles so far; Winter, Free Time and Nature. At the planning stage, the teachers involved, hold a meeting were everyone discusses what they will be doing with the pupils in the classroom. The outcome of this meeting is posted in the planning page in the SMILE room in Fronter. Towards the deadline, teachers pass on the features to an Assistant head on pendrive or upload them in the hand-in folder in Fronter. A small team of educators uses MSPublisher to set the pages. Teachers and the pupils review their work before it is sent as a Dropbox link to the foreign partners. Later we receive the whole magazine which we send to the printer. <br> <br> The Blog Educators encourage and promote children’s work that think is newsworthy to be put in the blog. They encourage children to bring writing, photos and videoclips. These are passed on to a member of the SMT who uploads it in the Blog. Teachers use the material produced as a teaching resource in the classroom.”]SMILE[/tooltip]  (acronym for Social Skills, Motivation for school, ICT, Lifelong Learning, Education in Europe.
Sharon Vella Scifo St. Clare College Gzira Primary [tooltip tip=”As a new member of the SMT at my school, I wanted to inspire my students and staff. I wanted to lead by example and improve the students’ experience at school. What was striking to me as soon as I came to this school, was that the reading program had become stale and the students were not showing much growth. In my attachment Improving Literacy through Digital Literacy you will have an overview of my efforts done to blend literacy objectives with the use of interactive technology that fascinates our children.”]Improving Literacy through Digital Literacy from K1 – Yr6[/tooltip]

 

Smart Learning Early Years Award

First Name Last Name School Name Title of Entry
Joanne Chircop St Benedict College, Qrendi Primary School Colours
Claire Amato Amato St Benedict College, Qrendi Primary School Using the talking book, the voting system and photostory to evolve the theme of water.
Carmeline Mangion St Ignatius College, Siggiewi Primary [tooltip tip=”Maths was the subject of this year’s open day. So all the activities we created were centred around a Maths theme. In my case I focused on the topic: Time. In our school’s open day parents are invited to join their children in class and participate in the lessons and activities we prepare.”]Time for Time[/tooltip]
Joan Libreri St. Monica School, Gzira [tooltip tip=”Enthusiasm, dedication and lots of love, is the way I describe my presentation. The interactive whiteboard has made the preparation of lessons and activities easier and more practical, besides creating loads of fun for both teacher and student alike. I have always prepared my lessons on Power Point, however the smart board gave me the opportunity to involve the students at a very tender age by having them participate actively during the class presentations. <br> <br> The flipcharts I prepared are curriculum based, including all the topics in Mathematics, English and Maltese. The students are first introduced to the lesson on Power Point and then they take over using the interactive flipcharts. In this presentation I only included one or two flipcharts of different lessons. I have inserted some information on the Notes Browser where I thought was needed. I am also including some photos of the students demonstrating their active participation. Their enthusiasm is visible in the pictures!! For this presentation I used the font “Lilly”… which is very child friendly having all the curls they learn in writing. I have put into practice the techniques and training given by Mr Reuben Pullicino and Mr David Devvy, who were a blessing and of enormous help. They were always ready to assist me, in all my queries. I have realised during this scholastic year, that having the smart board in class has helped all the students, irrespective of their abilities, to interact in all the lessons. It was a great help for differentiated teaching, too. It gave everyone the opportunity to practice in their own specific level. Whether they were dragging, using the fill bucket to colour, writing or sorting …..it was always an unforgettable experience and great fun! Well,actually it was extremely enjoyable for me too!”]Games and Activities[/tooltip] using the Interactive Board in the Early Years
Martina Pace SGPC Paola Primary ‘A’ Category Winner[tooltip tip=”This project is targeted towards Kindergarten children. It gives the opportunity to children to learn about different countries and cultures in a fun and innovative way. The use of ICT tools makes the project more enjoyable for this age group. All areas of the curriculum are included in this project, therefore promotes children s holistic development.”]Around the World[/tooltip]
Joan Camilleri St. Ignatius College Primary, Qormi St Sebastian Learning with ICT tools in Kindergarten

 

Smart Learning Primary Award

First Name Last Name School Name Title of Entry
Anabelle Azzopardi St. Ignatius College, Qormi SG Primary [tooltip tip=”The whole idea of the Embed project generated from the Open Day theme, which was colours. The Year 5 classes were expected to tackle Racism – that blacks suffered and still suffer from social exclusion. Michael Jackson was one of the characters mentioned with the children whilst we were brainstorming in class. The fact that he changed his skin colour was a factor that the children understood when it came to the theme. Therefore as a class we decided to work on this famous singer and create various activities around him. One of the students mentioned that he uses the Wii to make Jackson’s moves at home. Having a Wii at school made it easy for us to use this child’s game and dance as a whole class. This was used for the end of our Open Day show. Other activities were created around this.”]Michael Jackson: Black or White[/tooltip]
Melissa Bonello St. Ignatius College, Qormi SG Primary [tooltip tip=”A lesson linked to our Open Day and Year 5 syllabus. This year the theme was “Colours” and Year 5 pupils had to focus on two colours: black and white and the contrast between the two colours. Pupils portrayed the life achievements of 4 well-known people: Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Harriet Tubman. <br> <br>The lesson consisted of various activities linked to our syllabus. Pupils were given reading material, which they had to dissect in order to carry out all activities. Each activity required pupils to work collaboratively in order to successfully complete it and the variety of activities carried out, made it possible for all pupils with different learning styles to actively participate in group work. Once an activity was successfully completed it was evidence that they met the learning outcome. Students got to use their Fronter page for a learning purpose. Video clips were uploaded on Fronter as preparation for the lesson. Also, the games they created during the lesson were uploaded on Fronter for future use.”]Colours: Black and White – Language Games[/tooltip]
Nadette Camilleri Pavia San Gorg Preca College Hamrun Primary SS [tooltip tip=”Through the use of Fronter, parents can be kept informed about what their children are learning at school. They can also be updated with the new teaching and learning methods, especially with regards to Maths. One of the tools which has proved to be a success with my class, is the Forum regarding books which the children read. Pupils, as well as the class teacher, class LSAs and the Assistant Head write about books they have read. I have seen an improvement in the children’s motivation for reading. Reading as a pleasure has increased since the Forum was introduced.”]Using the Fronter ilearn platform[/tooltip] as a tool for teaching and as a resource for learning
Marica Galea St. Benedicts College Gudja Primary School [tooltip tip=”Social Studies: Geography section – Fishing and Aquaculture The aims of this lesson are: <br> • To make pupils aware of different kinds of methods of fishing both legal and illegal. <br>• To make pupils aware of the difficulties and hazards the fisherman has to go through to earn a living. <br>• To make pupils aware of the different kinds of fish around the Mediterranean Sea and the various ways to catch them. <br>• To make pupils aware of the importance to keep our seas clean so as to protect our sea creatures and the environment. <br>• To make pupils aware of the harm that overfishing and certain fishing methods can do. On the other hand aquaculture is a good means to sustain such harm. <br>• Pupils learn about aquaculture and its benefits. For the above to be achieved the pupils were engaged in various activities using Fronter. All the necessary notes and activities were made available to the students on Fronter on two pages. The pages were organised into various containers which include: <br>• Links to resources available online <br>• Links to tasks that were created using the test feature in Fronter <br>• Homeworks and other printable exercises <br>• A forum was created on the topic discussed <br>• PowerPoints and Notes of both topics <br>• IWB activities <br>• A word search created in another website – a link was included in the page <br>• A quiz using the Verdict Voting system These activities were presented during an open day held at our school in May 2013. Photos of these activities are included on Fronter. All the material is available in my Fronter room in two different units; Social Studies > Is-Sajd and L-Akwakultura.”]Is-Sajd u l-Akwakultura[/tooltip]
Nadia Mifsud St Nicholas College, Mtarfa Primary [tooltip tip=”I created a Fronter page on this topic where i used the following tools and resources: insert Youtube videos insert online presentation insert and upload files – mapped Powerpoint to be used with Classcom insert vote insert and upload media – a crossword puzzle done by an online free crossword builder insert test use of digital camera and insert pictures record sound”]L-Uzu ta’ l-Art, Bahar, Rizorsi u Tibdil – Is-Sajd[/tooltip]
Rebecca Tabone St. Benedict College, Mqabba Primary Category WinnerIl-Biedja u l-uzu tal-art.

Smart Learning Secondary

 

First Name Last Name School Name Title of Entry
Matthew Sultana Gozo College Boys Secondary [tooltip tip=”New dynamic website (using php script) and runs on a database (MySQL). Much easier to maintain than previous website even from staff with basic computing skills. Main Aims and Objectives of the new website is to make it easy for Students, Parents, Teachers and any other users to view and download any notices, resources etc… And for Authorised Staff (even with only basic computer skills) to easily upload and update the website using custom made Content Management System (CMS).”]Gozo College Boys Secondary – School Website[/tooltip]
Diana Carabott Saint Margaret College Verdala BSS Diana Carabott

[tooltip tip=”A number of fifth formers worked together on the creation of a short video clip of about 2 minutes about their set text: A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller and submitted their work for the worldwide competition organized by Storytubes.com. This program uses kids’ interest in technology and the Internet to promote reading. Students were assigned specific roles and thanks to collaboration managed to finalize their clip in the limited time available. Students had various roles including: scriptwritera who used synchronous chatting to develop the storyline and the dialogues. Five actors who were deemed confident in front of the camera, were recommended by the school’s drama teacher to act out the parts as set by the scriptwriters. Different locations were used including spectacular shots of the Cottonera drydocks. These clips were also filmed and edited by the students. Editing included transition of scenes as well as embedding music using trial version of Camtasia Studio. Other students contributed as crew by taking care of the logistics, such as costumes, props and locations. The clip opens with a panoramic shot of the drydocks. The camera zooms onto Alfieri’s office, the lawyer who narrates the events in the story. A View from the Bridge tells the story of Eddie Carbone, a long-shoreman whose wrong decisions bring his own downfall. The story tackles the themes of illegal immigration, domestic conflicts and social injustice. The students tried to bring out these conflicts through the use of voiceover narration, dialogue, a variety of transitions and captions. You can view the final product at http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=279995. Apart from being a challenging and educational experience, the students enjoyed the informal learning experience which enriched not only their knowledge of the text but also their sense of achievement by making use of different media.”]Promoting Books through Media[/tooltip]

Michel Spagnol St. Ignatius College Boys’ Secondary School Tal-Handaq Qormi [tooltip tip=”‘MyKSI Online Assessment Database’ is gradually transforming the way how assessment is carried out at St. Ignatius College B.S.S. Tal-Handaq. Currently being managed using php together with MySQL®, ‘MyKSI Online Assessment Database’ enables 110 subject teachers at school to provide effective quality feedback to almost 500 students and to all the other stakeholders involved within the teaching and learning process. The main aim of the online system is to encourage teachers to adopt the learning outcomes presented in the respective curricula/syllabi in order to assess their students’ performance. Groups of subject teachers meet to discuss the learning outcomes to be used during the specific assessment cycle, hence setting common standards for the particular subject. Eventually the HoD/link teacher uploads the chosen learning outcomes on the online system and teachers log in to assess their students. Once all teachers have assessed their groups, all the data is downloaded and fed through a database program, which eventually generates the students’ reports for each subject. Hard copies of the reports are forwarded to the respective parents/guardians and soft copies are provided to Form teachers so that they can discuss the reports with the parents/guardians during Parents’ Day. Through this collective collaboration, the students are truly provided with quality feedback that highlights their strengths and weakness, without putting at stake the manageability of the assessment process and hence not becoming an extra burden on the standard teachers’ duties. <br>One should also appreciate that although the information provided on the reports, by itself, may just provide a summative picture of the students’ performance, follow-up consideration of this data may definitely enact instances where assessment for learning can occurring. More information about the ‘MyKSI Online Assessment Database’ can be found through the attached PowerPoint presentation and the documents embedded on the same presentation.”]MyKSI Online Assessment Database[/tooltip]
Diana Carabott Saint Margaret College Verdala BSS [tooltip tip=”I dedicated three forty-five minutes sessions spread over three weeks to story writing on storybird. I have included the lesson plans as carried out with two different classes as well as the handout used for language awareness. The program generated enough interest that most of the students prepared several stories outside school hours and during presentations students showed both a sense of pride in their work as well as interest over new vocabulary they rarely show during other lessons. <br>During the final lesson, students genuinely took over the lesson and they were the ones who asked and answered each other’s questions whether it was about the language used, the use of the website or the content of the story. Furthermore, at this stage, while reading parts of their work, the students were becoming conscious of their language mistakes – pausing even though they might not have placed a full stop, rereading a sentence when the structure was not adequate, making quick changes, pointing out their own spelling mistakes and even explaining when something might not be clear for the reader. Moreover, the students compared their work to that of their classmates commenting about the length, the similarities, the range of ideas and even asked whether they could edit their work to improve it after the presentation. Usually lack of concern with feedback is always a source of worry when I correct and return back essays, however, through storybird and the communal sharing of one’s work, students were inherently motivated to upgrade their work by taking their friends’ work as an example. “]Writing stories with Storybird[/tooltip]
Brian Sultana Gozo College Boys Secondary School [tooltip tip=”L-Iskuża tal-Libertà hija lezzjoni għall-istudenti tat-tieni sena. Din il-lezzjoni hija parti mir-raba’ kapitlu. L-għan tal-lezzjoni huwa li l-istudenti jifhmu xi tfisser tkun liberu u l-konsegwenzi marbutin mal-għażliet li huma jagħmlu. Il-lezzjoni bdiet bi preżentazzjoni tal-Prezi (biex tara l-preżentazzjoni tal-Prezi għafas hawn: http://prezi.com/2j4epqedqpfa/l-iben-li-telaq-mid-dar/ ) sabiex jitwassal il-messaġġ u l-għan tal-lezzjoni. Wara l-istudenti ħadmu handout (file attached) flimkien bil-għajnuna ta’ logħba interattiva fuq l-interactive whiteboard maħdum permezz tas-software Starboard (file attached). L-istudenti kienu nvoluti billi għamlu “dragging” sabiex jikxfu t-tweġibiet u jiktbu xi tweġibiet huma fuq l-interactive whiteboard.”]L-Iskuża tal-Libertà[/tooltip]

 

Smart Learning Support

First Name Last Name School Name Title of Entry
Erika Medati Malta Writing Programme (Support Teacher) [tooltip tip=”The demonstration lesson forms part of the training opportunity offered to teachers who teach Year 3,4, 5 and 6 and for secondary school teachers who teach Form 1 and 2 issued via circular CMeLD 158/2012. This demonstration lesson promoted differentiation and how this can be implemented using the methodology of the Writing Process, with a special focus on eLearning in the teaching of writing. Teachers observed this session and were encouraged to implement the strategies in their own class.”]Understanding and Writing Directions with Bee-Bot’s help[/tooltip]
Karen Camilleri St. Ignatius College Qormi Primary St.Sebastian [tooltip tip=”Dawn huma xi attivitajiet li jintużaw mat-tfal tal-ewwel sena li jingħataw is-sapport fil-Malti (Ċekkjatura 1). Kull attivita’ hi marbuta mal-kompetenzi tal-Malti f’ċekkjatura 1.”]Attivitajiet fejn tintuża’ t-teknoloġija għall-Malti Ċekkjatura 1[/tooltip]
Elizabeth Jones St benedict College B’Bugia Primary C Category Winner

[tooltip tip=”The Gruffalo, a story written by Julia Donaldson was explored by a group of Year 4 children attending Complementary Education in St Benedict B’Bugia Primary School C. Five lessons were prepared and delivered by three complementary teachers. This project explored digital literacy as one strand of the curriculum and tied with some of the literacy aims listed in English Checklist 2. The literacy objectives included: relating a story in response to a set of pictures, identifying rhyming words, reading words with long vowels, reading an unseen text and writing a descriptive text. The children also learned new vocabulary and practised pronunciation and grammar. We prepared a Starboard IWB activity that makes use of the 3 main IWB techniques together with the Spotlight feature. The SMARTNotebook software was also used to create spelling activities based on the templates available. The Constructa-Bot was also used in a rhyming consolidation activity that required the students to find the matching rhyming picture pairs. The children recorded their own descriptions and narrations on the Easi-Speak and the Talking Album. They enjoyed listening to each other’s audio recordings and developed their oral skills, particularly describing, predicting and analysing. The material was also uploaded in one of our iLearn rooms (Elizabeth Jones) instead of the Complementary room which was not yet available at the time of the submission of this project.”]The Gruffalo[/tooltip]

Daniella Polidano Ghaxaq primary/Science Centre [tooltip tip=”For this project I am including a set of resources about the topic classification of animals: A Smart notebook activity A voting system quiz A Fronter page The lessons was delivered with a year 4 class at Ghaxaq Primary The interactive whiteboard activity and the voting system quiz were used during the lesson. All the resources were made available on a page in the classroom teacher’s Fronter room. This Fronter page was presented during the lesson. The Science Page can be seen in Ms Maria Dolores Zammit’s Ghaxaq Primary (P4.2)room.”]Classification of Animals[/tooltip]
Doreen Spiteri St. Ignatius College, Siggiewi Primary [tooltip tip=”http://www.languageblocks.com/ languageblocks.com is a multisensory learning site targeted at basic literacy skills in the Maltese and English languages. This site provides a number of educational games linked to the National Policy and Strategy for the Attainment of Core Competencies in Primary Education being implemented in Maltese primary schools. This website should be seen as work in progress since it is planned to have more games added in the coming days and months. Also, once an online room on the iLearn platform is provided, this website will be embedded in it so that learners attending complementary sessions will be able to use it through their iLearn accounts. Nonetheless, some parents together with their children have already started making use of this website at home, thus providing a means of reinforcement for skills that the children would have worked on at school. <br> <br>With each game parents will also be able to see the reference to the checklist skill highlighting the main aim of the game. Up to now more Maltese games than English games have been created, for the simple reason that Maltese online resources are more lacking. This website has been created with the technical help of Mr. John Spiteri and feedback Mr. Kevin Grima.”]Language Blocks[/tooltip]  – Promoting English and Maltese literacy skills

 

Collaborative Award

 

First Name Last Name School Name Title of Entry
Christina Vella STMC Fgura Primary A [tooltip tip=”The school’s main objective behind this project is to engage our young pupils in creative activities where children practice the English language whilst using ICT skills to communicate with other children of different countries within the Comenius Project. Many of these activities are documented and then featured in the blog or the magazine. The SMILE Project – The ComeNews Magazine Our pupils create enough material for 4, A4pages for a magazine that is issued every term. These 4 pages are part of a bigger project as they are collated with works of other countries. The magazine is printed in Malta for our pupils but we also convert it to an ebook using iSSUU. Educators and pupils also contribute towards a Blog that is hosted on the https://www.beneyluschool.net/. <br><br> The collaboration process behind the project We have contributed towards 3 magazines with 3 different titles so far; Winter, Free Time and Nature. At the planning stage, the teachers involved, hold a meeting were everyone discusses what they will be doing with the pupils in the classroom. The outcome of this meeting is posted in the planning page in the SMILE room in Fronter. Towards the deadline, teachers pass on the features to an Assistant head on pendrive or upload them in the hand-in folder in Fronter. A small team of educators uses MSPublisher to set the pages. Teachers and the pupils review their work before it is sent as a dropbox link to the foreign partners. Later we receive the whole magazine which we send to the printer. The Blog Educators encourage and promote children’s work that think is newsworthy to be put in the blog. They encourage children to bring writing, photos and videoclips. These are passed on to a member of the SMT who uploads it in the Blog. Teachers use the material produced as a teaching resource in the classroom.”]SMILE[/tooltip]  (acronym for Social Skills, Motivation for school, ICT, Lifelong Learning, Education in Europe.
Elizabeth Jones St benedict College B’Bugia Primary C [tooltip tip=”The Gruffalo, a story written by Julia Donaldson was explored by a group of Year 4 children attending Complementary Education in St Benedict B’Bugia Primary School C. Five lessons were prepared and delivered by three complementary teachers. This project explored digital literacy as one strand of the curriculum and tied with some of the literacy aims listed in English Checklist 2. <br><br>The literacy objectives included: relating a story in response to a set of pictures, identifying rhyming words, reading words with long vowels, reading an unseen text and writing a descriptive text. The children also learned new vocabulary and practised pronunciation and grammar. We prepared a Starboard IWB activity that makes use of the 3 main IWB techniques together with the Spotlight feature. The SMARTNotebook software was also used to create spelling activities based on the templates available. The Constructa-Bot was also used in a rhyming consolidation activity that required the students to find the matching rhyming picture pairs. The children recorded their own descriptions and narrations on the Easi-Speak and the Talking Album. They enjoyed listening to each other’s audio recordings and developed their oral skills, particularly describing, predicting and analysing. The material was also uploaded in one of our iLearn rooms (Elizabeth Jones) instead of the Complementary room which was not yet available at the time of the submission of this project.”]The Gruffalo[/tooltip]
Nathalie Scerri St.Theresa Girls’ Secondary Mriehel [tooltip tip=”Modern trends and peer pressure induce teenagers to take wrong decisions. This project focussed on making the students aware of the realities and undesirable effects incurred by certain decisions they might possibly take. <br><br> Health4life is a project that aimed to deal with various aspects of life that might affect the health of individuals. It dealt with different topics that influence an individual’s health. Topics discussed are multi-disciplinary and included: diet, exercise, cosmetics and the skin, teenage addictions (eg. smoking, drugs, alcohol, piercings and tattoos), unprotected sex leading to STDs, digital addictions (eg. excessive usage of computers and mp4s) and pollution. Skills acquired (problem solving, critical thinking, creativity) have developed the students’ personality. In our opinion this project was a lesson for life in all aspects.”]Health4Life![/tooltip]
Marika Vella Montebello St. Margaret College – Zabbar A Category Award

[tooltip tip=”Learning is innovative & is an evolving process that includes collaboration, critical thinking & problem solving with application to the world we live in. Nowadays children are already used to a virtual environment at home. Most children have a lot of different technology gadgets which they use every day. <br><br>Teachers ensure learning by creating meaningful relationships while utilizing technology to engage students in a quality learning environment. While we used to enjoy our experience in the traditional classroom when we were students, many of us can’t imagine why students nowadays don’t get excited to enter the school building & their lives are not improved & enhanced by the traditional school schedules. <br><br> With the use of modern technologies such as Interactive Whiteboards, Wii, Nintendo, Xbox and other consoles, we are able to facilitate new ways for our students to demonstrate understanding. This helps our students to benefit by engaging them through learning in ways they are familiar with & enjoy, which ultimately makes their work easier, since their perspective nowadays is to choose virtual education to study, learn and work from home. Thus, this project is to understand these students’ virtual educational perspective and adapt it in a class setting at school & create a virtual innovative schedule. When it comes to integrating technology into the classroom, we aim to create an active classroom, where our students are willing participants in their own education & learning by DOING OLD THINGS IN NEW WAYS. To create a virtual innovative class environment by using modern technology by engaging different virtual educational gadgets & applying them through different learning settings.”]Little VIPs – Virtual Innovative Pupils[/tooltip]

Sephorah Sultana St. Ignatius College, Siggiewi Primary School [tooltip tip=”This project involved a holistic approach on the topic “Siġġiewi”. It all started from a Maths trail around parts of Siġġiewi where children had to use Maths to solve problems. Smart phones, digital photo and video cameras were used to find the data needed. Some of the information found was used in an Open Day where parents were invited in class. Google Earth helped to review the journey done during the Maths trail in order to focus on estimation and calculation. IWB activities were included to identify shapes in photos taken during the Maths trail. A Maltese dialogue was created using Cartoon Story Maker. Here, the children role-played a situation where a brother and a sister invited a friend to visit Siġġiewi while explaining the history and main attractions of the village. <br> <br> A comprehension test was carried out on the iLearn Platform where children were encouraged to answer questions of different forms on iLearn about Siġġiewi’s patron saint. The children created a photosynth of the Siggiewi Village Square as part of their Social Studies lessons. These photos were taken during the Maths trail. <br> <br> During an English Creative Writing lesson, the children experimented more with Google Earth and Google Maps to find the route from the Siġġiewi village square to The Limestone Heritage. Afterwards, they have sent an email from their iLearn accounts to their friend to give him/her directions on how to arrive to the place.<br> <br> In order to review the Religion topic about the church and the feast, the voting system was carried out. Children were asked different types of questions to relate with different voting techniques.”]Learning is Fun @ Siġġiewi[/tooltip]

 

Outstanding Educator Award

First Name Last Name School Name Title of Entry
Maria Attard Special Education Services Department Home tuiton and the Chocolate factory
Nathalie Scerri St.Theresa Girls’ Secondary Mriehel Category Winner

[tooltip tip=”Modern trends and peer pressure induce teenagers to take wrong decisions. This project focussed on making the students aware of the realities and undesirable effects incurred by certain decisions they might possibly take. <br><br> Health4life is a project that aimed to deal with various aspects of life that might affect the health of individuals. It dealt with different topics that influence an individual’s health. Topics discussed are multi-disciplinary and included: diet, exercise, cosmetics and the skin, teenage addictions (eg. smoking, drugs, alcohol, piercings and tattoos), unprotected sex leading to STDs, digital addictions (eg. excessive usage of computers and mp4s) and pollution. Skills acquired (problem solving, critical thinking, creativity) have developed the students’ personality. In our opinion this project was a lesson for life in all aspects.”]Health4Life![/tooltip]

Alexia Baldacchino Alexia Baldacchino [tooltip tip=”The main objectives of the lesson were on enhancing video editing skills and learning about the Green screen. The lesson is a preparation for those who want to follow media studies at MCAST level and also as a general knowledge for both personal and work related use. These skills can be easily translated to other cross curricula subjects in presenting their work through videos. The art syllabus welcomes these projects that involve the use of IT and creativity. <br><br> This lesson was delivered to both Form2 and Form3 art option students plus students in the Photography activity therefore there are in total about 25 short clips. The students worked in pairs or groups of three, sometimes the forth student controlling the camera. <br><br> For the whole process follow the link: >> http://articer.wix.com/embed2013 “]Green Screen Experience[/tooltip]
Marika Vella Montebello St. Margaret College – Zabbar A [tooltip tip=”Learning is innovative & is an evolving process that includes collaboration, critical thinking & problem solving with application to the world we live in. Nowadays children are already used to a virtual environment at home. Most children have a lot of different technology gadgets which they use every day. Teachers ensure learning by creating meaningful relationships while utilizing technology to engage students in a quality learning environment. While we used to enjoy our experience in the traditional classroom when we were students, many of us can’t imagine why students nowadays don’t get excited to enter the school building & their lives are not improved & enhanced by the traditional school schedules. <br><br> With the use of modern technologies such as Interactive Whiteboards, Wii, Nintendo, Xbox and other consoles, we are able to facilitate new ways for our students to demonstrate understanding. This helps our students to benefit by engaging them through learning in ways they are familiar with & enjoy, which ultimately makes their work easier, since their perspective nowadays is to choose virtual education to study, learn and work from home. Thus, this project is to understand these students’ virtual educational perspective and adapt it in a class setting at school & create a virtual innovative schedule. When it comes to integrating technology into the classroom, we aim to create an active classroom, where our students are willing participants in their own education & learning by DOING OLD THINGS IN NEW WAYS. To create a virtual innovative class environment by using modern technology by engaging different virtual educational gadgets & applying them through different learning settings.”]Little VIPs – Virtual Innovative Pupils[/tooltip]
Marilyn Bugeja Mgarr Primary School [tooltip tip=”Din il-lezzjoni hija dwar il-prepożizzjonijiet. It-tfal ser jitgħallmu dwar dawn il-kelmiet permezz ta’ riżorsi differenti, fosthom permezz ta’ attivitajiet bl-IWB, presentation, bil-Bee-Bot u loghob ieħor. F’din il-lezzjoni ser jużaw ukoll il-‘voting system’ permezz tal-‘handsets’ għaliex il-‘presentation’ hija ‘mapped’ mal-programm ClassCom5.”]Fejn Sparixxa?[/tooltip]

 

The order of the entries above is according to the date of submissions.