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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Virtual Video Library – Let’s Read Together

The virtual video library of the ‘Let’s Read Together/Naqraw Flimkien’ programme of the National Literacy Agency offers a range of recorded Reading for Pleasure sessions for children aged 0 to 11 years. These sessions were produced in English and Maltese by the reading animators of the Agency. The virtual library of the Agency is accessible to all educators and parents. Applicants may borrow up to two recorded sessions, one in Maltese and another one in English, everyday. These clips, which will be provided free of charge, will be time-barred for a limited period of circa 3 hours. Parents may choose the clips from the catalogues at:
https://education.gov.mt/en/nationalliteracyagency/Pages/Resources/Lets-Read-Together.aspx

To borrow a video clip kindly send an email to kurt.lee.azzopardi.2@ilearn.edu.mt and please provide the following information:
• Title of video clip
• Age of child (0-3, 3-7 or 7-11)
• Date and Time for viewing
(Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m, 12:30 a.m, 4:00 p.m or 7:00 p.m, Saturday 9:00 a.m or 12:00 p.m).

A link and password will be provided through email by Mr. Kurt Azzopardi tel. no. 2598 2997.

Qari għal Qalbi – Digital Library of Books in Maltese

The National Literacy Agency would like to inform educators and parents that the Maltese reading scheme ‘Qari għal Qalbi’, which was launched in November 2020, offers a digital l ibrary of books in Maltese. Primary school pupils and educators may access 260 digital books in Maltese from the website https://octavo.app/.

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Using eBooks at Mgarr Primary School

Reading ebooks has continued at a very satisfactory pace at the Mr. Leondar’s Year 6 Class (SNC Mgarr Primary School). Both Literacy Pro and Octavo are being used. During the Covid pandemic, it was found to be a very efficient and safe process too. Children are responding positively, working the Quiz after completing an eBook and sending messages through the App too.

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Malta Book Festival 2020 – Virtual Edition

The 2020 Malta Book Festival – virtual edition is being organised by the National Book Council and will take place online between 11-15 November. The Malta Book Festival is an opportunity to develop the basic skills related to the appreciation of books and reading, the capacity to choose books of one’s liking, and familiarise oneself with the offer from local publishers.

Students who register for the online book festival will this year receive a 5 Euro voucher to spend, instead of the usual 3 Euro.

Click on the following link to learn more:

Malta Virtual Book Festival 2020

Online Book on eSafety for Students, Parents & Educators

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Tackling online safety issues, such as digital reputation, fake news, screen time, cyberbullying or sextortion, is becoming increasingly important these days. The tips for parents, teachers and students compiled in this booklet will show you where to start!
Click here to access the booklet: eSafety Booklet for Students, Parents and Educators.

Free Coronavirus Digital Book for Students

Screen Shot 2020-05-06 at 09.54.59Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist. Continue reading

Online Reading / eBook Websites and Resources

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During this time of school closures and home learning, it is important that students still find time to schedule some reading time during the day. Here is a list of educational websites which offer free eBooks for students to explore and read. Simply click on the name of the website in bold and you will be re-directed to the respective resource: Continue reading