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.
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.
Ms. Eleanor Vella, Head of Department at St. Nicholas College, has created the following online board (Padlet) with literacy activities for students, educators and their parents/carers. You can visit the Padlet by clicking on the link below:
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Mr. Jamie Muscat, P.E. teacher, has prepared the following online board – Padlet – where he is regularly sharing activities which students can do at home. The Padlet can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
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!
Little Angels Worksheets is a Facebook Page full of downloadable materials, activities and worksheets for early years students, starting from Kindergarten level. New content is added everyday. Visit their page to access their (free) worksheets and resources.