Creative Writing Online at Dingli Primary School

Year 3.1 students at St. Nicholas College, Dingli Primary School, worked hard on their creative writing skills during the past week. The theme was ‘Spring’. Some children used Microsoft Sway to present their work. Here are some of the work they did online. (You need to be logged in with an iLearn account in order to view the work). Well done to Ms. Jenny and her students !


https://sway.office.com/1LEHgM8fj9TgixGY?ref=Link


https://sway.office.com/bFiRwj27CxH4PxbY?=Link&loc=mysways


https://sway.office.com/2tiOlWw1sk4wKE6q?ref=Link


https://sway.office.com/F4AVs2YDjuWuNXLF?ref=Link


https://sway.office.com/eMbn73TFk7AoJcH9?ref=Link


https://sway.office.com/3eZx8mdkf5141ewK?ref=Link


https://sway.office.com/RUnlkJ3Xx6tFgtz5?ref=Link&loc=play

https://sway.office.com/kDJF8RhLD9NWnPOF?ref=Link

https://sway.office.com/J5WTnymoRpRDIDFG?ref=Link

https://sway.office.com/S84O3nV7q8xyMOIx?ref=Link

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

Guides for Online Teaching

Click on the following links to access the guidelines for Online Teaching developed by the Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills (DLTS) in conjunction with the Quality Assurance Department (QAD). Separate guidelines are available for Class Educators and SLT.

Esplora mill-Iskola: Online Sessions for Primary Schools

Esplora Interactive Science Centre is pleased to offer online sessions for Early years and Primary school students. Due to the current pandemic, unfortunately school children cannot visit the Interactive Science Centre physically this year. To overcome this situation and offer an Esplora experience to school children, Esplora is now offering various sessions adapted to be held online with schools through Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Esplora mill-iskola sessions will be offered free of charge and upon confirmation through booking. These are offered on a first come first served basis for all schools on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Moreover, they are age-appropriate and with an approximate duration of 30 mins. Educators can refer to the information below, to be able to place a booking: esplora.org.mt.

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Primary Science Webinars

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 isabel.zerafa@ilearn.edu.mt.

Safer Internet Day 2021 – Resources for Teachers and Students

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!

https://www.besmartonline.org.mt/sid-toolkit

20 updates for Microsoft Teams for Education, including 7×7 video and Breakout Rooms

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 10.29.31Over the last few months, schools and institutions have been working tirelessly to enable distance learning. One of the most common tools being used is Microsoft Teams. New features are rolled out regularly to help the overall learning experience for both students and educators. Some of the updates which have already been done, or will be by the end of June, include:

Getting back-to-school ready with 4 top-requested features

What is available now, what’s coming soon

Resources for educators

Guidance for IT admins

For more information and to keep updated on Team’s new features, visit the Microsoft’s Tech Community Blog on: https://bit.ly/2Y4iYKZ.

Lesson Planning for Teaching Live Online

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While there are many similarities between face-to-face lessons and online lessons, there are a lot of differences too. These things are the same: the basic structure of beginning, middle and end, the principles of good teaching, the importance of learning objectives and the need for explanations. However, the delivery is different, the interactions between learners are different and, more importantly, online learning is much more intense for everyone.

British Council have prepared an info sheet aimed at helping educators plan and deliver online lessons. Click on the link below to access this document:

Lesson Planning for Teaching Live Online – By British Council