Friendship Cards – Resources and Training Sessions for Educators

Friendship Cards are a new educational tool thought to improve the lives of whoever makes use of them. The cards have been developed by Relationships are Forever Foundation, with the intention of helping children and youth develop their abilities to build strong relationships with their families, friends and others that they will come across during the course of their lives.

The first edition of Friendship Cards is focused on Resolving Conflicts. These cards aim to help students to:

  • Feel comfortable in saying how you feel, talking with each other and finding out what caused the disagreement;
  • Realise that you may have said or done something wrong;
  • Focus on taking positive steps and avoiding hurtful behaviour so that you can make up and be good friends again.

Courses for Educators and Parents/Guardians

The Foundation is organising a series of courses for Educators, Youth Workers, and Families (MQF Level 3) which will enable participants to learn how to use the friendship cards, as well as receive a resource pack.

More information and dates can be accessed here: https://www.friendshipcards.org/availability/

Climate Change: New Online Platform for Educators and Students

The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes and CEER (Centre for Environmental Education Research) would like to draw educators’ attention to a new online platform, namely Our Planet, Our Future. A link to this platform will be available on https://teleskola.mt/initiatives/. Created by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Climate Action, this platform can support students to understand the causes and impacts of climate change while providing solutions towards a climate-friendly society. The information, activities and interactive resources found within this platform can support educators to facilitate dynamic and cross-curricular learning experiences that promote the acquisition of skills and competences including, research, inquiry, collaborative learning and creative problem solving.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges that the world is facing today. Around the world, young people have been raising their voices and taking action to fight climate change. Therefore, it is important to introduce this energy into schools and empower students to act as catalysts for a better future. Further information about this platform can be sought directly through CLIMA-YOUTH-CLIMATEACTION@ec.europa.eu. Schools wishing more information about educator training in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Education can contact Mr Francesco Debono on francesco.debono@ilearn.edu.mt.

Links:

Our Planet, Our Future Home Page: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/youth/

Teachers’ Hub: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/youth/teachers_en

L-Investigaturi tal-Mużika

L-Investigaturi tal-Mużika – part of the MPO’s continuous efforts to bring music closer to younger audiences – is an edutainment series of 15-minutes episodes delving into aspects of orchestral music. 

Introducing Allegra and Strauss, the two inquisitive young investigators seek to discover this genre through a number of set missions forwarded to them by ‘the expert’. Their adventures cover a wide range of subjects: composers, instruments, techniques, and genres amongst others.  

Allegra and Strauss meet The Scientist, who explains to them scientific principals involved in creating and listening to music.

This project is presented in collaboration with The Ministry of Education

MAYA FARRUGIA BEZZINA Allegra
JAYDEN MICALLEF Strauss
MARIA BUCKLE Actress 
MATTHEW MUSCAT DRAGO Video Director
SIMONE SPITERI Author
DANIEL CAUCHI Artistic Director

Esplora Launches Educcational Packs for Primary Schools

ESPLORA has just launched a series of Educational Packs for Kinder 1, Kinder 2, Year 3 and Year 4. The Educator’s Packs provide valuable information pertaining to educational visits to the Interactive Science Centre. The packs include various pre and post-visit activities which can be used with students in class, or at home, before and after their visit to Esplora. Such pre- and post-activities are based on the Early Years and Primary Science/ Primary English curricula.

The Esplora Educator’s Packs and related resources can be downloaded from: https://esplora.org.mt/ category/educators-pack/. When visiting Esplora, state schools will benefit from the free transport scheme offered through the Ministry for Education. The Esplora School Education Programme offers a wide variety of on-site activities for all ages, from early years to secondary school students. The full list of activities on offer can be accessed through this link: https:// esplora.org.mt/education-programme-20212022.

Tnediet Sensiela Animata għat-Tfal Bl-Isem Ta’ Emme

L-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu nediet sensiela ta’ animazzjonijiet viżivi magħmula apposta għat-tfal ċkejknin bl-isem ta’ Emme.

Kull episodju jittratta sitwazzjoni jew avventura li fiha hemm Emme bħala protagonista. Emme huwa merill li għadu żgħir ħafna. Għadu kif beda jmur l-iskola u qed jitgħallem kif iġib ruħu ma’ sħabu. Dawn huma sitwazzjonijiet li t-tfal żgħar jistgħu jirrelataw magħhom permezz ta’ dawn l-animazzjonijiet viżivi. Il-kitba hija ta’ Clare Azzopardi, id-disinji u l-animazzjoni ta’ Matthew Stroud, in-narrazzjoni ta’ Kenneth Scicluna u l-mużika ta’ Maria Mifsud. Il-produzzjoni saret għall-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu.

Għal aktar episodji dwar Emme, wieħed jista’ jżur l-istazzjon tal-YouTube L-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu:

Virtual Library of Online Reading Material in Maltese launched

The National Literacy Agency would like to inform all parents, educators, and students that on 23rd April 2021Malta Libraries, in collaboration with Octavo, launched a virtual library of online reading material in Maltese. The launch formed part of the celebrations of Malta Libraries to mark Libraries Day 2021 which coincided with World Book and Copyright Day. This year’s theme of the celebrations was ‘Technology as the key to Maltese Literature’.
This digital library service, which is accessed via the Octavo reading platform and app, is free to the public and accessible 24/7.

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Online Easter Activities for KG, Primary and Middle School Students

We have compiled a list of websites with activities for Kindergarten and Primary School Students, featuring a list of fun activities that can be done with children during the Easter Holidays. Some feature online games, others have printable activities which can be done by students. For younger KG students, there are some fun craft activities, too. Click on the website names below to view access the sites!

Twinkle: Easter Activities For Kids

The Educators’ Spin on it: Activities, Recipes and Printables

Anzuk: Easter Activities for Kindergarten and Primary School Students

DTLK Sites for Kids: List of Activities, Songs, Printables, and links to other sites for Primary Years

Activity Village: Easter Crafts and Printables for Young Learners

Busy Teacher: Activities, Presentations and Printables for Primary Early Middle School Students

ISL Collective: Online Presentations and downloadable worksheets for Upper Primary and Middle School Students

Gwida għall-Ġenituri għat-Tagħlim Online – Guide for Online Learning for Parents

Malti

Il-Ministeru għall-Edukazzjoni qed jippubblika linji gwida dwar it-tagħlim onlajn li ser ikun qiegħed isir minn nhar it-Tnejn 15 ta’ Marzu 2021 fl-iskejjel primarji, medji u sekondarji. Din il-gwida qed issir f’forma ta’ mistoqsija u tweġiba, bil-Malti u bl-Ingliż,  għall-ġenituri/gwardjani tat-tfal tal-iskejjel primarji, medji u sekondarji.

Il-Ministeru jiġbed l-attenzjoni li t-tagħlim onlajn ser isir permezz tal-pjattaformi diġitali MS TEAMS u MySchool u t-tagħlim ser isir kuljum skont timetable. It-tagħlim onlajn jinkludi wkoll l-assessjar, il-classwork u l-homework u l-attendenza tat-tfal ser tkun qed tittieħed kuljum.

English

The Ministry of Education has published a set of guidelines on how our students will be learning online during this time when schools will be closed. The guidelines take the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and are available in both Maltese and English for parents/guardians of students attending Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools.

Teaching and learning will be based on the online platforms MS TEAMS and MySchool and a timetable will be prepared by the teachers. Online work will include assessment, classwork and home activities, and attendance will be registered everyday.

Għal Aktar Informazzjoni Żur – For More information Visit:

Gwida għall-Ġenituri dwar it-Tagħlim Onlajn

TEAMS Tutorials for Students

The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills wants to ensure that all students are able to access their virtual classrooms on Microsoft Teams and receive and send assignments.  For this reason we have prepared a video showing important tasks when using Microsoft Teams.  Click on each of the below to learn how to use various features of Microsoft Teams.  

Accessing TEAMS on your Device:

Viewing TEAM Posts:

Viewing and Downloading Files:

Different Types of Assignments:

Add your work to an Assignment:

Fill in a Word Document Assignment:

Add a Picture to a Word Document Assignment:

Fill in a NOTEBOOK Worksheet

Add a picture to a NOTEBOOK Worksheet:

Quiz Assignments:

Channels on TEAMS:

Chat Feature on TEAMS:

General Info on TEAMS Meetings:

Resources for Educators, Students and Guardians for Online Learning

The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills have prepared several resources for Educators, Students, and Parents/Carers, which can be used during this time where schools have once again been closed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Click on the links below to check out the following Toolkits, Tutorials and Online Videos to help keep our students engaged!

Online and Distance toolkits for Primary schools

Tutorials on MS Teams for Secondary Schools

Activities for Primary Schools (Exemplars)

Activities for Middle Schools linked to Learning Outcomes (Year 7)

Activities for Middle Schools linked to Learning Outcomes (Year 8)

How to Use MS Teams for Students

Guidelines for Parents and Students

Webinars for Parents and Educators – Recordings of Past Sessions

Free Educational Learning Tools