Back to Basics – Educational Blog by Prof. Charles Farrugia

screen-13.48.02[28.10.2020]The pandemic Covid-19 is playing havoc with our lives, not less so with our children’s schooling. On the positive side, home-learning and tele-schooling have stimulated parents and guardians to participate more closely in their children’s education. During this experience, parents have become more aware of the many issues that influence their children’s –young or teenagers- schooling.

Professor Charles Farrugia recently launched the educational blog Back to Basics. The blogs explore different aspects of teaching and learning. These blogs are directed mainly at parents/guardians but teachers and other educators may find them useful as well.

Learn more about Back to Basics by clicking on the following link:

Education – Back to Basics

20 updates for Microsoft Teams for Education, including 7×7 video and Breakout Rooms

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 10.29.31Over the last few months, schools and institutions have been working tirelessly to enable distance learning. One of the most common tools being used is Microsoft Teams. New features are rolled out regularly to help the overall learning experience for both students and educators. Some of the updates which have already been done, or will be by the end of June, include:

Getting back-to-school ready with 4 top-requested features

What is available now, what’s coming soon

Resources for educators

Guidance for IT admins

For more information and to keep updated on Team’s new features, visit the Microsoft’s Tech Community Blog on:

Lesson Planning for Teaching Live Online

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While there are many similarities between face-to-face lessons and online lessons, there are a lot of differences too. These things are the same: the basic structure of beginning, middle and end, the principles of good teaching, the importance of learning objectives and the need for explanations. However, the delivery is different, the interactions between learners are different and, more importantly, online learning is much more intense for everyone.

British Council have prepared an info sheet aimed at helping educators plan and deliver online lessons. Click on the link below to access this document:

Lesson Planning for Teaching Live Online – By British Council

Informative Material for students of Year 11

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The Career Guidance Teachers at the National School Support Services (NSSS), have prepared some informative material aimed at helping students of Year 11 make their choice after secondary education. These resources range from appreciating one’s qualities to the prospectuses of post-secondary institutions. Although intended for students, this material should also serve as an invaluable source for all those people, such as parents and also practitioners, wanting to be better equipped to help those who have to make their choices.

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Online Sessions – Symbol Literacy

Symbol Literacy Project sessions prepared by Prof Adrian Gellel and Ms Nicolina Borg are organising Online Symbol Literacy sessions targeted at parents/ guardians and their children (7-11 years of age). A different topic will be discussed each time. The first of three sessions will focus on Caravaggio and his work, the second will discuss Narcissus and the last session will elaborate on Narcissus and Echo (as taken from the Greek Mythology).

The first session is scheduled for uploading, on the Symbol Literacy Facebook, this Thursday 21st May 2020 at 4:00 p.m. You can access the page by clicking on the following link:


Vocabulary Spelling City: Website and Apps

Vocabulary Spelling City offers more than 40 engaging word study games and activities to practice vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing. It can help students hear, say, write, break down and play with words. The site can be accessed from a computer or mobile device via the app.


Website: Vocabulary Spelling City

App Store: iOS App

Google Play: Android App

Watch Teleskola on TVM2 every Tuesday and Thursday Afternoon!

Teleskola – Your School at Home – was built to help parents, guardians, students and educators to easily find distance learning resources and lessons. Currently there are over 1,500 lessons across all subjects. You can also watch Teleskola on TVM2 every Tuesday and Thursday at 15:30. Another opportunity for students along with their families to continue their learning at home!

The Hunt: Kids’ Virtual Science Quest

The Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes will be launching The Hunt: Kids’ Virtual Science Questfor primary students in Year 3 to Year 6. The Hunt will take place virtually on Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at 10:00am. Participants are kindly requested to follow instructions provided on the Facebook group – The Hunt: Kids’ Virtual Science Questto login the virtual treasure hunt. Interested participants are kindly requested to register their interest by not later than Wednesday 20th May 2020 by compiling the registration form in the following LINK. The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes will be awarding prizes to the first three participants in each category. Science kits awarded are sponsored by the HSBC Malta Foundation. For more info kindly refer to Letter Circular DLAP 128/2020.

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