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Dear students,
May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. From MCAST IICT Academic Staff and Administration we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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R.A.I.S.E (Raising Awareness and Interest in STEAM Employment) Project

 

 

 

R.A.I.S.E (Raising Awareness and Interest in STEAM Employment) Project

Project Number: 2017-1-MT01-KA202-026978
The project is Co-funded by Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Project Duration: 33 months: 20/11/2017 till 19/08/2020

This project funded through Erasmus+, include the participation of six organisations from five different European countries that identified the need to bridge the gap of skills shortage all across the EU especially with regards to STEAM careers. The project commenced in January 2018 and will be concluded in 2020. The project’s overall aims are:

  • To make Vocational Education and Training (VET) carriers a priority within the STEAM field in order to support inclusive education by making VET careers information more accessible to put an emphasis on vocation applied learning;
  • To help tackle the issue of Early School Leavers by offering VET as an Alternative education and carrier pathway.

 

Through this project a number of MCAST lectures have received training focusing on the methodology of interaction students, how to present VET careers, how to disseminate results and activities and how to carry out science events. Furthermore, MCAST will primarily be responsible for the development, piloting, testing and launching of the app. The app will be using the visual arts to encourage users to take up a career in the VET field. This will help raise awareness and interest in STEAM Employment among people with low levels of literacy, people not in education, employment and training (NEETs) and other socially disadvantaged people.

MCAST Team members include: Ing Christian Camilleri, Dr Ing Alex Rizzo, Mr Conrad Vassallo, Mr Mark Anthony Farrugia and Mr Eric Flask.

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Embed Digital Literacy Conference and Awards Ceremony 2018

Embed Digital Literacy Conference and Awards Ceremony was held on the 30th November 2018.  Following the address by Mr Stephen Cachia, Director General for Curriculum, Lifelong Learning and Employability and Mr Omar Seguna, Education Officer (Digital Literacy), there were two parallel sessions consisting of 6 workshops each.  IEEE Malta Section delivered  a professional development workshop aimed at helping teachers bring exciting hands-on science, ICT and technology-mediated teaching and learning lessons into their classrooms.   E-Twinning representatives besides introducing  eTwinning concept, its benefits both for students and for educators also discussed in a different workshop the criteria which make up a good project.  BeSmartOnline!  focused on how we may help our children, be more aware of current risks they may face, and enable them to become smart digital citizens and encourage them to be wary of what they post online.  In a two-part session, ITS learning elaborated how teachers can use blended learning to engage their students in exciting new ways and how they can rethink their classroom in the age of mobility – enhancing success by embracing where modern teaching and learning is taking place.   Microsoft delivered a session of how one can use Microsoft Teams to create collaborative classrooms, increase student engagement, connect in professional learning communities and communicate with school staff. How to use Forms to create formative and summative assessments. Digital Storytelling with Microsoft Sway and organise material and prepare assignments with OneNote as well as how to drive creativity and spark enthusiasm in the class by creating 3D models and import them in presentations to bring them to life!

The Research and Innovation Unit within the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability (DRLLE) identified various challenges in education in order to see how can these be positively addressed through essential elements of innovation.  These elements are: originality, effectiveness, quality, timeliness and creativity. These factors are directed to have an impact on students' engagement and motivation to learn.  On the other hand Avantis showed various examples  of how computational thinking, coding, Virtual reality and Augmented Reality  can be implemented in teaching and learning.  All the items sere  demostrated in a fun way in hands-on sessions.  

After the workshops, embed participants and e-twinners were awarded with embed awards and the e-twinning National Quality label.    The conference ended with a networking lunch.

DTP advert

Please find attached the advert of id-Dar tal-Providenza Fine Arts Auction. This is one of our main events alongside the Festa ta' Generosita' organised by Dar tal-Providenza as fund raising during its 1st January annual event. Viewing is open every day until the 20th, from 09:00 till 20:00. Auction will be held on the 20th at 19:00.

CITIES, HARBOURS AND ARTEFACTS: transformations of an early modern landscape

National Library of Malta Public Lectures Series 2018-2019 
URBAN LANDSCAPES
Coordinated by Mevrick Spiteri and Maroma Camilleri

'CITIES, HARBOURS AND ARTEFACTS: transformations of an early modern landscape'
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Lecture 2 // Monday 17th December 2018 at 18:30
'Studying Ceramics in Early Modern Malta – Archival and Archaeological Sources' by Nathaniel Cutajar

The study of early modern society and culture in Malta has not relied extensively on material classes of evidence other than those provided by archival records or the fine arts. This lecture will explore some of the ways in which alternative material classes – in this case specifically archaeological ceramics – can bring new insight to early modern social and historical studies. It also looks at the way archival and archaeological evidence can be brought together in an osmotic movement that mixes, without ever fully merging these two radically different strands of information.
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Nathaniel Cutajar has worked at the Museums Department, at the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and is currently the Curator (Medieval) at the National Museum of Archaeology. His interests include medieval archaeology, cultural heritage studies and archaeological methodology. He has studied the ceramic productions in Malta from the Early Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period focusing on typological characterization and on aspects of long duree social and economic processes of change.
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