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 
Coordinated by Mevrick Spiteri and Maroma Camilleri

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

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.

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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Opportunity to teach and earn extra cash in your free time!

Opportunity to teach and earn extra cash in your free time!

The Malta Communications Authority (‘MCA’) is the National Regulatory Authority responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications, eCommerce and postal sectors. It is also responsible for elements of the national ICT strategy such as e-Inclusion, Internet safety and Internet Government as well as the promotion of innovation in communications.

As part of the initiatives carried out by the MCA, the Authority is seeking to recruit a number of ICT trainers to form a pool of trainers, who will be available to deliver basic courses on ICT content on demand* to the general public and specific groups (such as the elderly) with the aim of promoting a more digitally inclusive society.

The courses which are run and coordinated by the MCA are normally of a two (2) hour duration and can be offered in the mornings (9:00hrs -11:00hrs), afternoons (13:00hrs -15:00hrs or/and 15:00hrs -17:00hrs) and evenings (18:00hrs -20:00hrs) and are held in various training centres around Malta and Gozo.

Interested applicants who are students at level 4 and upwards and who are presently attending ICT-related courses at the MCAST’s Institute of Information and Communication Technology may apply for this call.  

Teaching content such as training manuals, lesson plans and PPTs will be provided by the MCA. Interested applicants may be required to attend one or more train-the-trainers sessions offered free of charge by the MCA or its training content-development contractor – participation during this /these session/s is obligatory and will not be remunerated.    

Selected applicants will be remunerated at twelve Euro (€12) per hour.

Interested applicants need to complete an online application indicating their preferred availability to offer their teaching service. Applicants will be selected following an interview carried out by the MCA.

The selected candidates will enter a six (6) month contract from the signing of an agreement with the MCA for the rendering of their services in delivering basic courses on ICT content, which could be renewed by further six (6) months. The signing of this agreement will be effected prior to the starting date of these courses.

Link to Application: Application MCAST

Closing date for application: 28th December 2018

* Courses offered on demand are courses offered if and when, the MCA considers such courses are necessary.

All applications are to be sent to Mr Nicholas Vella on nicholas.g.vella@mca.org.mt