Resource Book: Using History to teach about Multicultural Malta

The History Department is currently distributing complementary copies of the resource booklet for teachers entitled Using History to teach about Multicultural Malta, published by the Faculty of Education of the University of Malta. The booklet, which targets Year 9 to Year 11 students, focuses on selected topics from the History (General) Syllabus and presents teaching resources and tasks from a multicultural dimension in view of the developments that are changing Malta into a multi-ethnic society.

Malta Junior Science Olympiad 2022/2023

The ninth edition of the Malta Junior Science Olympiad(MJSO) for scholastic year 2022-2023 is scheduled for Saturday19thNovember 2022. It will be held at St Nicholas College, Dingli Secondary School. The theme of the ninth MJSO edition is Climate Change. The MJSO (2022) will include two parts namely:

•Part A: a comprehension related to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

•Part B: a set of investigations related to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Part A comprises 25% of the total mark while part B makes up the remaining 75%. A second circular with further event details and registration links will be issued towards the beginning of scholastic year 2022/2023.

Seminar for Educators – Learn Machine Learning

The Science Centre (Pembroke) invites teachers to participate in a training session entitled Learn Machine Learning Seminar: Fundamentals and Applications of AI in Education. The training targets all educators interested to explore ways of integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning in their classrooms. The seminar is scheduled for Friday 3rdJune and will be held at Veranda, Sqaq taċ-Ċawla, ir Rabat (https://goo.gl/maps/mx4bFg6PvGBrc6au9). The seminar programme can be found just below this post (click to enlarge picture). The seminar is held as part of the Learn Machine Learning Project. Interested educators are kindly requested to register online through the link https://forms.office.com/r/1e0SDPcCMD by Friday 27thMay 2022.

Inrawmu t-Trabi jaqraw – Teach your Baby to Read

L-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu fi ħdan il-Ministeru għall-Edukazzjoni, l-Isport, iż-Żgħażagħ, ir-Riċerka u l-Innovazzjoni qed torganizza taħditiet online għal dawk il-familji li qegħdin jistennew tarbija. F’dawn it-taħditiet jiġu diskussi suġġetti bħal kif il-ġenituri/kustodji jistgħu jgħinu lil uliedhom, saħansitra minn qabel ma jitwieldu, sabiex jiżviluppaw il-ħiliet tagħhom tal-lingwa. It-taħditiet se jsiru f’kollaborazzjoni mal-Parentcraft Services u l-familji jistgħu jagħżlu li jsegwuhom bil-Malti jew bl-Ingliż.

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Invitation for Institute of Education’s Open Day

The Institute for Education would like to extend this invitation to our Open Day. This event will offer prospective applicants and IfE collaborators the opportunity to view our premises and attend workshops, discover more about our programmes and meet our staff.

Event Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/edit/718548482755571/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[]%7D

Book Week Activities at Mtarfa Primary School

On the30th of April, the students and educators at Mtarfa Primary School, dropped their usual activities and engaged in run reading sessions and activities together. These included:

  1. A Special Assembly on the importance of readying
  2. Students meeting with Book Authors
  3. A book scavenger hung
  4. A book tasting activity
  5. Virtual Conference with eTwinning Partners about the project, ‘Read, Share and Enjoy’
  6. Various book character dress-up and show and tell activities

Well done to all the students who participated eagerly in the activities prepared by their dedicated educators!

Malta School of Music publishes Prospectus for 2022-2023

The Malta School of Music has just published its Prospectus for the 2022-2023 scholastic year, and announced that applications for new students will be open between the 18th and 31st of May.

The School of Music currently caters for 800 students ranging from beginners to higher diploma level. With a strong team of 80 specialized music teachers, the school offers an unrivalled opportunity for any student at any level who would like to delve into the world of music. The school offers accredited courses from MQF Level 1 to MQF Level 5, as well as an opportunity to join the school in a more leisurely manner for those who wish to focus on the enjoyment that music gives.

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Educational Euroscience Webinars for Educators

The Faculty of Education (UM) is working in collaboration with the Centre for Educational
Neuroscience at University College London/Birbeck and the Educational Neuroscience Hub Europe (Malta) to promote and disseminate ways in which educational neuroscience can inform classroom instruction amongst the local educators and schools. Our first initiative consists of two webinars aimed towards an understanding of educational neuroscience and its potential application to understand and improve student learning.

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Reading for Pleasure: Online Reading Sessions

The National Literacy Agency has compiled a series of video clips showing reading for pleasure sessions for early years and primary school children. These videoclips introduce books in a fun way to promote a love of reading. These sessions were prepared by The National Literacy Agency’s reading animators. Books are animated in a way which stimulates children’s imagination. Each book is enhanced with activities and exercises related to the story. The videoclips are appropriate for different age groups and are uploaded on The National Literacy Agency’s youtube channel. They can be accessed on these links:

The Early Years:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKSRbqwdo3iffmjfIrOE9M6j

Year 1:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKT9P3xraGf0_NuWgh92u0pE

Year 2:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKSjSdvQxNUeoPrkHcRAfWx5

Year 3:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKRKIzdrHuocVMeZlFSOycP0

Year 4:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKSdB6buG7wWbzptdTU5plzT

Years 5 and 6:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKR6eTJFR1r8PPuS9FZoAuWc

Malta AgriFair – Invitation for Middle and Secondary Schools Students

The Malta AgriFair2022 is a national event organised by the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights (MAFA) for the first time ever. The main aim of the AgriFair is to promote local produce, machinery, systems, and technological developments in the agricultural and fisheries sectors, by bringing together major stakeholders in the field, from large organisations to small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs). The Fair will provide a platform for both the local farming community, as well as producers, to inform and communicate to the public about the industries’ products and services.

During this Fair one will be able to understand the meaning of Farm to Fork, whereby the food chain system of food production, harvesting, processing, distributing, and consuming is demonstrated in the most visual, innovative, and interactive manner. AgriFair will also have a live animal section where Maltese breeds will be showcased. An area dedicated to agriculture with demo fields which will be showcasing crops, trees and vines. A large honeycomb structure giving an experience related to the Maltese honeybee and many other interesting demonstrations related to the agriculture and fisheries sector. In this regard the MAFA would like to invite groups from middle and secondary schools to visit the Malta AgriFair 2022 on Friday 20thMay between 10:00 and 13:00. Entry is free of charge. Schools which are interested in visiting the AgriFair are to contact the Events and Promotion Unit on agrifair.mafa@gov.mt. Groups will be admitted at a first come first served basis.