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Criteria

Level of excellence in criteria

1. Innovation

Innovation in eLearning may be defined as a transformation occurring in a learning context which is enabled or supported by technology. The entry shows significant evidence of such a transformation focusing on originality and inventiveness. The majority of the content and many of the ideas are fresh, original and inventive.

2. Quality
A. Content Quality: The educator has extensive content knowledge, with evidence of continuing pursuit for such knowledge.
B. Tech Quality: Use of technology in this entry is of exceptional quality. Clear evidence that the use of technology enhanced learning. Without technology learning objectives would have been difficult to achieve.

3. Pedagogical value
A. Clarity of Goals: All goals are clear, written in the form of student learning, and permit viable methods of assessment.
B. Learning activities are relevant to students and instructional goals. They progress coherently, producing a unified whole and reflecting recent professional research.
C. Curriculum match: Benefits to the curriculum objectives. Entry is focused on syllabi to be covered.

4. Context value

The submission has proven beneficial to the context (individual students, whole class/es or school/s). A large amount of students have made extensive and relevant use of technology.

5. Sustainability and Transferability

The activity or its learning objects can be used and/or re-used to support learning.
Features of activity and or its learning objects are accessible by a variety of students with different learning needs.

6. Collaboration

This submission shows that a community of practice has evolved in which the educator/s have actively participated and developed personally or professionally. A high degree of collaboration between educators is evident.

 

 

For the Fronter Special Award, the following criteria will be used:

1. Most Fronterised subject

When teaching a specific subject – such as a historical period, the periodic table, a literary genre or similar – how many Fronter tools has the teacher used? This is both a quantity and quality category that measures both the number of tools used and how well they are being used to support the topic.

2. Workflow

How has a teacher demonstrated initiative and creativity in motivating and facilitating Fronter use among the pupils? How well has Fronter use been introduced in the whole learning cycle from introduction of a new topic, through individual and group work on tasks and problem solving all the way to assessment?

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Robotics

NXT Challenge 2012

The NXT Challenge 2012 is a national robotics competition which has been organised by the eLearning Centre in the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education as part of EMBED . All Maltese secondary schools were invited to participate in this robotics challenge which was open for all Secondary Computing students aged between the ages of 13 to 15.

 

 

 

Students showed enthusiasm whilst working through the given task. Also, it was interesting to see how the students used their problem solving skills to come up with a solution to the given task. Some teams used flowcharts to draft a plan on how this should be solved. Others worked by trial and error to refine their solution to the problem. During this hands on task, the students were able to learn in a non-traditional way rather than a formal traditional environment. Moreover as also evidenced in the NXT workshops, such robotic kits enable students to collaborate together whilst learning at their own pace.

All participating schools, in particular students are to be commended. All competing students will be receiving a certificate of participation. Schools will be receiving these by post. The first three schools have been awarded the following prizes kindly sponsored by IMS Ltd, the local suppliers of the Lego Education kits.

    1st = LEGO Education Renewable Energy Add-On set
    2nd = LEGO Education Mindstorms NXT Resource Set
    3rd = LEGO Education Pneumatics Add-On set

One trusts that this learning activity has been enjoyable.

The winning teams for this year were St. Augustine’s College, De La Salle College, and St Ignatius Girls Secondary School.

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mScratch Project submission

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Embed 2012 Awards – Winners

List of educators who have won the Embed 2012 Awards:

School Educator Category Placing
St Margaret College (Zejtun Girls’ Secondary) Mr Stefan Scerri Smart Leader Secondary  1
St Margaret College (Verdala Boys Sec) Ms Marlene Galea Smart Leader Secondary  2
St Gorg Preca College (Paola Primary B) Ms Mary Bonello Smart Leader Primary  1
St Claire College (Gzira Primary) Mr David Mario Caruana Smart Leader Primary  2
St Ignatius College (Qormi Primary) Mr Randolph Peresso Smart Learning Primary 1
St Theresa College ( B’Kare Pri) Ms Claudine Slater Smart Learning Primary 2
Gozo College (Ghajnsielem Primary) Ms Marita Vella Smart Learning early Years 1
St Theresa College (B’Kara Primary) Ms Mary Micallef Smart Learning early Years 2
St Margaret College (Zabbar Primary A) Ms Marika Vella Montebello Smart Learning early Years 3
St Theresa College (St Venera Boys Sec) Ms Alexia Baldacchino Smart Learning Secondary 1
St Theresa College (Mriehel Girls Sec) Ms Nathalie Scerri Smart Learning Secondary 2
St Clare College (Gzira Primary) Ms Susanne Fagerbakke Smart Learning Support 1
Gozo College (Gharb Pri) Ms Karen Bugeja Smart Learning Support 2
St Theresa College ( B’Kare Pri) Ms Melanie Camilleri Smart New Teachers  1
St Theresa College (B’Kara Primary) Ms Kirby Tabone Smart New Teachers  2
St Nicholas College (Imgarr Primary) Ms Marilyn Bugeja Smart New Teachers  3
St Margaret College (Zejtun Girls’ Secondary) Mr Stefan Scerri Smart Leader Secondary  1
St Margaret College (Verdala Boys Sec) Ms Marlene Galea Smart Leader Secondary  2
St Gorg Preca College (Paola Primary B) Ms Mary Bonello Smart Leader Primary  1
St Claire College (Gzira Primary) Mr David Mario Caruana Smart Leader Primary  2
St Ignatius College (Qormi Primary) Mr Randolph Peresso Smart Learning Primary 1
St Theresa College ( B’Kare Pri) Ms Claudine Slater Smart Learning Primary 2
Gozo College (Ghajnsielem Primary) Ms Marita Vella Smart Learning early Years 1
St Theresa College (B’Kara Primary) Ms Mary Micallef Smart Learning early Years 2
St Margaret College (Zabbar Primary A) Ms Marika Vella Montebello Smart Learning early Years 3
St Theresa College (St Venera Boys Sec) Ms Alexia Baldacchino Smart Learning Secondary 1
St Theresa College (Mriehel Girls Sec) Ms Nathalie Scerri Smart Learning Secondary 2
St Clare College (Gzira Primary) Ms Susanne Fagerbakke Smart Learning Support 1
Gozo College (Gharb Pri) Ms Karen Bugeja Smart Learning Support 2
St Theresa College ( B’Kare Pri) Ms Melanie Camilleri Smart New Teachers  1
St Theresa College (B’Kara Primary) Ms Kirby Tabone Smart New Teachers  2
St Nicholas College (Imgarr Primary) Ms Marilyn Bugeja Smart New Teachers  3
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Robotics

NXT Lego Mindstorms Challenge 2011

The eLearning Centre within the Curriculum Management and eLearning Department held the first editition of this competition using Lego NXT Robotic kits which are being used in the secondary curriculum. As part of this event, state and non-state secondary schools were invited to participate in the first robotics challenge of this kind in the Maltese Islands. The following ten schools took part in this event;

  • Gozo College Boy’s Secondary Rabat Gozo
  • Gozo College Girls’ Secondary Rabat Gozo
  • San Anton School, Secondary
  • St Clare College Boys’ Secondary Gzira
  • St Ignatius College Girls Junior Lyceum Blata l-Bajda
  • St Margaret College Boys’ Secondary Verdala
  • St Theresa College Boys Secondary B’Kara
  • St Thomas More College Junior Lyceum Zejtun
  • St. Augustine’s College
  • St. Joseph, Sliema

The time allotted for the challenge was of 2 ½ hours were students had to figure out how to make the Lego NXT Mindstorms navigate through a 3D maze mounted on an 8ft x 4ft board having one entry point on one side and one exit on the opposite side. The aim of this challenge was not intended to gauge teachers’ methods or to differentiate between schools. The main objective of such an activity is to involve students in a fun and challenging learning environment. Through the NXT challenge students were urged to sharpen both their problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Students working through the Maze

The winning group of students included Form 3 students; Cleven Pirotta, Dejan Delia and Neil Griffin from St Margaret College Boys’ Secondary Verdala. Mr Raymond Camilleri, Director (Curriculum Management and eLearning Department) and Mr Stephen Cachia , Principal St Margaret College both congratulated these students and emphasised how the inclusion of such learning artefacts in the classroom enable a learner-centred classroom through which students may better succeed.

NXT Challenge 2011 winning team

Each student in the winning team was awarded a complete LEGO Education Mindstorms NXT set kindly sponsored by IMS Ltd, the local suppliers of the Lego Education kits. All competing students have received a certificate of participation.

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EMBED 2013

EMBED 2013: Technology Enabled Learning in practice was held between Wednesday 20th November and Wednesday 27th November 2013 at MCC, Valletta. The event was open for schools during weekdays, while the general public was able to participate on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November.

This annual event was an opportunity for teachers and students to participate in hands on activities which focus on how technology may enhance learning.

For further information on the event, awards, related competitions and sponsorship opportunities browse through the sections available in this site.