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!
The National Literacy Agency and the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes would like to bring to the attention of all educators the Literacy Resources Hub on Microsoft Teams. This virtual hub offers resources for use in the Early, Primary and Middle Years in Maltese and English which can help educators in their work. These resources are grouped according to the different aspects of literacy, namely: alphabetic code, phonics, phonological awareness, reading, vocabulary building, tricky words, and writing.
The Literacy Resources Hub contains two channels (sections). In the second channel one can also find videos and lesson plans which form part of the Storytelling Schools Programme of the National Literacy Agency. To access this hub and all the resources it holds, educators are to click on the ‘Join or create team’ button in the main menu of MS Teams and insert the code fxl6zwz in the ‘Join a team with a code’ option.
The Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes recently launched the 10th edition of the annual STEM popularisation initiative entitled X’hemM? għal Dinja Aħjar.
Since the first edition in 2014, namely X’hemM? il-Birgu, over 13,000 primary students participated in this appealing engaging Mathematics and Science outreach initiative. During the launch, Ms Desiree Scicluna Bugeja (Assistant Director, DLAP) highlighted the positive transformation process in national STEM Education. During the launch, two personalities from the entertainment sector, namely Mr Dorian Cassar and Ms Rachel Lowell, shared their experiences and views of the importance of STEM subjects in all aspects of life. Dr Fabri (Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Education) concluded the launch by emphasising the pivotal role of STEM popularisation initiatives to strengthen national STEM education practices and outcomes related to International Studies.
During this 10th edition, a total of 33 schools will participate in a range of X’hemM? activities. All X’hemM? għal Dinja Aħjar activities will feature on the Teleskola portal.
The Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes recently launched the educational programme entitled Xkatapum Esperimenti tal-Fizika ma’ Rowena u Andy.
The programme comprises 20 episodes of experiments related to themes and topics within the Physics SEC syllabus. Indeed Xkatapum addresses a range of scientific queries related to everyday life at home, at the supermarket, at the beach and other places. The programme puts forward the physics concepts underlying such relevant contexts and provides an explanation of the concepts through experimental investigation and analysis. The end-of-episode questions motivate and engage viewers to seek further information and to discuss the topic in more depth at class and/or home. The programme can be accessed on YouTube (Xkatapum) and on the Teleskola portal (https://teleskola.mt/). Students and teachers are encouraged to use and share the programmes to facilitate understanding, learning and achievement in Physics.
On Friday 19th February, Ms Carmen Muscat EO, explained what will happen in this year’s Benchmark which will take place between 24th and 26th May. The meeting is recorded for all Year 6 parent/guardians who might have missed the session.
Click on the video below to watch the recording.
The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is launching a series of Primary Science webinars for parents/guardians of students in the primary years. The aim of the Primary Science webinars is to:
• Provide an overview of Primary Science across the primary years.
• Highlight the importance of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from an early age.
• Address key areas vis-à-vis Primary Science, specific to the age category.
• Provide exemplars of doing inquiry-based Science in the primary using everyday resources.
Details of the Primary Science webinars can be accessed on the Primary Science website.
Participation in these educational webinars is on a voluntary basis. Interested applicants are kindly requested to register their participation through the following LINK. Registration will be open until a day before the date of each particular webinar.
Any queries can be forwarded to Ms Isabel Zerafa on email@example.com.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year. It aims to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and to inspire a national discussion about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. To help educators to deliver practical and impactful activities for Safer Internet Day, the BeSmart Online Team have created a special section on their website, with a range of free resources, including lesson plans, presentations and more! Click on the link below to access these free resources!
The Directorate of Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills is extending its support service in the primary sector through a newly launched website that contains digital resources for educators, parents and students.
Educators can find a wealth of resources including teaching ideas, tutorials of how to use various apps and web2.0 tools as well as printable material. The website also includes links for professional development, training opportunities and other events. Video tutorials and help files will also be of benefit for parents and students, enabling them to access and make use of the digital resources used by schools and educators.
The website is available at: https://primarydigital.skola.edu.mt/
During this difficult time of school closures, the team at Robocoach have been doing some research to help find some interesting activities which can be done from the comfort of our homes whilst incorporating some educational aspects. The first resource they are sharing with us is an interactive page where you can access links to virtual museums. Download the handout below, so that you will be able to virtually step into one of those fantastic spaces simply by clicking on each picture !
The Ministry for Education and Employment has published a presentation which highlights how the new subjects in Applied, Academic and Vocational tracks will work out; as well as an explanation about which level of certification students will be able to achieve according to their chosen path. Click on the link below in order to access the presentation: