The National Literacy Agency has compiled a series of video clips showing reading for pleasure sessions for early years and primary school children. These videoclips introduce books in a fun way to promote a love of reading. These sessions were prepared by The National Literacy Agency’s reading animators. Books are animated in a way which stimulates children’s imagination. Each book is enhanced with activities and exercises related to the story. The videoclips are appropriate for different age groups and are uploaded on The National Literacy Agency’s youtube channel. They can be accessed on these links:
The National Literacy Agency has teamed up with the Centre for Literacy of the University of Malta and the Malta Digital Innovation Agency to run a project using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education. The project: AI puppets for Literacy Education is in line with the National Strategy and Vision for AI in Malta 2030. The main purpose of this project is to develop and promote AI in education projects with children (8 to 10 year-olds), educators and parents.
The project seeks to demonstrate what is within the realm of possibilities using AI during the Gost il-Qari/Reading for Pleasure programme. A number of learning scenarios for the use of AI Puppets during shared reading sessions have been planned and developed. Mini-computers called microbits and laptops are being used to demonstrate machine learning. The project, which includes language and literacy tasks and games involving speech and text recognition, is being piloted at the Hamrun GP primary school.
The virtual video library of the ‘Read me a Book/Aqrali Ktieb’ programme of the National Literacy Agency offers recorded Reading for Pleasure sessions for children aged 0 to 11 years. These sessions are 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, every day. These clips, which will be provided free of charge, will be time-barred for a limited period (circa 3 hours).
The viewing times are as follows: 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. For more information please call 2598 2994.