EMBED Awards 2020/21

With the schools’ closure because of the extraordinary Covid-19 circumstances during this scholastic year, digital education has been taken to a new unprecedented level as many educators have found technologies helpful. Embed Awards aims to celebrate this wonderful work. Initiatives are to be submitted using the online form: http://bit.do/embed2021. This year, all submissions are going to be showcased on our website; plus all winner submissions will be showcased during the event. Further to this a digital certificate of participation is going to be immediately sent to all participants.

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

Safer Internet Day Activities at Rabat Primary School

Students and Educators at St. Nicholas College, Rabat Primary School, prepared a series of activities to celebrate Internet Safety Day. These included:

  • KG 2.3 Students listened to the story, ‘Ir-Rigal’. They noted how they could not access the teachers’ computer without a password; thus learning about the importance of not disclosing their own passwords to others. They also learned about other personal information that they should not be disclosing online to others, such as their addresses. Finally, they were reminded that as young children they always need to have an adult with them (such as their parents) when accessing the internet.
  • Year 4.2 Students designed their own ‘Internet Safety’ Posters.
  • Year 4.1 Students discussed eSafety rules and produced their own bookmarks to remind themselves of how they can stay safe online. They also learned to identify unsafe situations and to speak up if something happens that concerns or upsets them.
  • Year 3.3 Students watched a PowerPoint presentation and saw some bookmarks that helped them understand how to keep themselves safe when using the Internet. The students also enjoyed doing the puzzle about Internet Safety.
  • Ms. Christine Vassallo, Nurture Class Teacher, also organised an eSafety Online Session for the whole school.

Click on the video below to watch some of our activities !

Posters By Dingli Secondary School Students To Celebrate Safer Internet Day

As part of the Safer Internet Day Activities held in school during PSCD Lessons, Ms Melanie Cini and her students of St. Nicholas College, Secondary School, Dingli,  teamed up with their European Twinning partners  of  the eTwinning project Think, Act, Inspire! to  work on various topics within the PSCD Curriculum.  These past few weeks, students worked on various aspects of internet safety in class, online and on Twinspace. In  mixed national teams, students created tips and slogans which were then transformed into posters available to be printed and shared in schools.

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Digital Resources For Educators, Parents And Students

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/

Coding Activity for Early Years – the Dance Party Unplugged Activity

As part of the EU Code Week, the Directorate for Digital Literacy & Transversal skills, is encouraging Kindergarten, year 1, 2 and 3 educators to dedicate one hour to a fun coding/dancing activity with their students. Through the Dance Party unplugged activity, no devices are needed and students can learn coding concepts to choreograph a dance party together whilst keeping physically distant. More information is available at: https://curriculum.code.org/hoc/unplugged/4/

Participating classes can share a video or photo/s showing their activity by submitting their video or photo/s on https://bit.ly/3jDH6Ml. Submissions will be shared on the DDLTS FB page DigitalEducation in Malta (facebook.com/DigitalEducMalta). A number of tokens gently sponsored by theeSkills foundation will be presented to 15 participating classes. These will be chosen at random on the 16th December 2020.

It is important to register your activity in the EU Code Week website (https://codeweek.eu/) and to use the following code cw20-SbiEf for the Code 4 All challenge.

Digital Literacy Support Staff in Middle and Secondary Schools

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The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills is committed to continue to support educators in using technologies and enable them to address the challenges they may face. Many educators are seeking supports about the use of Microsoft Teams, including how to create standard and private channels, how to assign homework and how to use the class notebook. Kindly note that we are providing remote support through our Support Teachers, and educators are highly encouraged to contact us for any queries related digital teaching and learning.

Please find the list of our supporting staff in Middle and Secondary Schools below: Continue reading

Important Updates for Educators – Platforms for Teaching and Learning

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Fronter phasing out

Kindly note that Fronter will be phasing out and will close in November 2020 due to its old functionalities which are not supported any longer by the provider. Hence you are encouraged to download any useful files by 30th October 2020. We recommend that you upload your files on One Drive to be easier for you to share with your students. Please find step-by-step instructions on how to download your files from Fronter here. Alternatively, you can also download the following presentation.

Ilearn email account

Please note that the Ilearn email account (name.surname@ilearn.edu.mt) will not be effected and this will still be used when Fronter is closed.

The way forward

My School and Microsoft Teams will complement each other to carry out any activity that you need both in class and for online teaching and learning. This includes taking attendance, recording assessment, sending announcements to parent and students, sending work to students, receiving students’ work, correcting work and giving feedback, communicating and more. Teleskola.mt is another useful platform to share resources with students, educators and parents. These platforms are already widely used by educators, school leaders, students and parents.

We encourage you to learn more on:

Teams: https://support.office.com/en-us/teams

My School: https://support.msm.io/hc/en-us/sections/201677905-General

Teleskola: https://teleskola.mt/

For further info and support please join the new MS Team named ‘Fronter’ by clicking here.

EMBED Awards 2020

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Every year, the Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills organizes Embed Awards to recognise those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching and learning in the digital age. With schools closure in the present extraordinary Covid-19 circumstances, digital education has been taken to a new unprecedented level as many educators have shifted to remote lessons. This posed new challenges to educators to use online platforms and other tools in their teaching and learning. For this reason, the Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills decided to celebrate the good pedagogical practices both before and after the school closure. Educators are invited to submit initiatives based on a number of experiences and activities related to technology-mediated teaching and learning, carried out over a period of time. Continue reading