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

Webinar for School Leaders on the use of Teams

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 10.29.31The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills is organising a webinar for all School Leaders, including Heads of Colleges Network, Education Officers, Heads of Schools, Assistant Heads and Heads of Department. The webinar is going to be on Wednesday 27th May, 10am to 11.30am. The focus of this webinar is going to be on the creation of a staffroom, organising online staff meetings, communication with parents, sharing files with staff using Teams and One Drive and also on the creation and sharing of Forms. Continue reading

Online Support and Webinars for Middle/Secondary Teachers by the Digital Literacy Directorate

Screen Shot 2020-05-04 at 17.03.44Following the success of webinars for Middle and Secondary schools, where over 1000 educators were trained, the Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills (DDLTS) are going to temporarily leave the online Teams open for support. The Digital Literacy support staff are also continuously assisting educators through various school channels. Further to this the DDLTS is also going to continue delivering webinars and Live discussion chats. Register for these sessions being organised for Maltese educators within Middle and Secondary Schools by clicking: https://bit.ly/dlts-secondary

Teacher Idea – Teaching Ideas for Students and Educators

The Digital Literacy Team (Primary) published the website Teacher Idea, aimed  at Primary School Educators and Students. The website is constantly updated with teaching idea ‘cards’ which can be downloaded and used with students as activity starters. More ideas are added regularly, so be sure to check out the website from time to time. Furthermore, you can also submit your idea by filling in this form: http://bit.ly/ShareTeacherIdea.

Teacher Idea can be accessed by clicking on this link: Go To Teacher Idea

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Online Learning Toolkit – Middle and Secondary Schools

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The Digital Literacy staff for Middle and Secondary Schools within the Directorate for Digital literacy and Transversal Skills has developed an Online and Distance Learning Toolkit. The aim of this toolkit is to assist Middle and Secondary school teachers in using various online platforms and other educational tools. Continue reading

Distance Learning Toolkit for Primary School Educators

Screen Shot 2020-04-23 at 10.10.53The digital literacy primary team within DDLTS has developed an Online and Distance Learning Toolkit for Primary Schools whose scope is to give ideas and guidelines for primary schools and teachers. It includes an overview of great practices and creative ideas that, through the use of technology, are being held by the Maltese educator community during this period. This can be found by browsing to https://bit.ly/maltatoolkit. Continue reading

Learn to Read – Alphablocks

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Alphablocks is a British 3D CGI-animated children’s educational television programme that is designed to teach children how to spell with the use of animated blocks representing each letter. Once the Alphablocks discover that whenever they make a word it comes to life, many new adventures in Alphaland can be created. This is meant to help preschool children with learning the alphabet, spelling, reading and writing. Follow Alphablocks and watch episodes on their YouTube Channel.