Digital Literacy Professional Learning and Initiatives (2021-2022)

A. General Purpose

We work with educators, students and parents to support the acquisition of digital literacy competences. The Directorate for Digital Literacy & Transversal Skills (DDLTS) assists in the transformation of teaching and learning through the use of technology in the real and virtual classroom in consultation with the School Leadership Teams (SLT).

  • Main objectives for scholastic year 2021/2022
  • Focus on educators’ digital competences, with special focus on the successful delivery of Digital Literacy (DL) learning outcomes by educators and digital competences of leaders (SLT & EOs)
  • Provision of central support training of which professional development training and online training. Identify existing online courses that address needs. Develop and deliver courses for educator training based on upskilling needs.
  • Deliver COPE sessions in schools according to the schools’ requests, needs and requirements whilst promoting the newly developed Cope themes – “Open Educational Resources”, “Digital Citizenship Education”, “Using Technology to enhance creativity” and “Using digital technologies for communication, collaboration and professional development”.
  • Continuation of Digital Literacy Educators’ Programmes
  • Provision of pedagogical resources (e.g. Digital Citizenship Education resources, Computational Thinking Programme).
  • Inclusion of digital literacy in School Development Plans – technology as an enabler of learning and to meet students’ Digital Literacy entitlement.
  • Help schools with participation in international initiatives of which eTwinning, eTwinning School Label, EU Code Week, Hour of Code, eSafety Label, Selfie and Internet Safety Day.
  • Schools are urged to take part in national initiatives such as Malta Robo League and Embed.
  • Implementation of the DCE (Digital Citizenship Education) programme.
  • Implementation of the Computational Thinking programme.
  • Support the effective use of digital technologies for teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Continuation of One Tablet Per Child.
  • Provision of training, and support to ensure a smooth implementation of digital literacy and transversal skills.
  • Provision of training and support to schools being supplied with Interactive Flat Panels and new digital technologies and educational resources.
  • Development of Digital Literacy Framework.


B. COPE sessions and Professional Learning

These are some training sessions that we offer:

  1. Creating Digital Worksheets for your Students: MS Teams and Forms
  2. Taking Advantage of Notetaking Apps to Enhance Learning: OneNote, ClassNotebook, MS Teams
  3. Differentiated Learning Through Student-generated Media: Flipgrid, Vocaroo, Teams
  4. Using Game Based Approaches to Diversify Assessment: Kahoot, Quizizz
  5. Recording Lessons for Online Learning: PowerPoint, MS Teams
  6. Video and Sound Editing for the Needs of the Educators: Microsoft Photos, Audicity
  7. Creating Your Own Reusable Learning Objects: Learning Apps, Educaplay
  8. How can the Charter for 21st Century Literacies guide us as educators in technology-mediated teaching and learning?
  9. Posting online and addressing the issue of Hate Speech: School for Social Networks, Selma toolkit
  10. Alternative Presentation Tools: Sway, Prezi.
  11. Open Educational Resources
  12. Digital Citizenship Education
  13. Using Technology to enhance creativity
  14. Using digital technologies for communication, collaboration and professional development
  15. Computational Thinking and Coding
  16. Effective and innovative use of digital technologies for teaching, learning and assessment
  17. Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational technologies (SELFIE)
  18. Developing a Digital Community of Practice
  19. Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning
  20. Digital Resources for Learning
  21. Digital Assessment and Learning
  22. Empowering Learners through Digital Technology
  23. Developing Learners’ Digital Competencies
  24. Collaborative Learning: eTwinning and other online platforms
  25. Introduction to Computer Science: The foundations of computational structures, processes, artefacts and systems, and their software designs, their applications, and their impact on society

Professional learning about any other aspects of Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills can be provided on request.

C. Some important dates:

DATEEVENT
2nd August, 2021SELFIE SESSIONS 1 – Mon. 2 Aug. 2021 – Fri. 31 Dec. 2021
15th September 2021Participation during the IFE Symposium
20th September 2021Deadline for schools to participate by submitting a poster or short video of up to 3 minutes focused on a very specific topic which will portray the school experience with SELFIE.
30th September, 2021SELFIE FORUM 2021 Empowering Schools for learning in the digital age
6 – 13th Sept 2021EU Code Week // Malta Summer School
9th – 24th October 2021EU Code Week
7th October 2021SELFIE EU Forum and  launch of SELFIE for Teachers
24th October 2021Coding Seminar
19 – 29th November 2021European Robotics Week
6 – 12th December 2021Hour of Code
Oct – December 2021Family Coding
1st – 28 February 2022One Tablet Per Child Parent Sessions
22nd April 2022Malta Robo League
16th – 22nd September 2022Back-to school MS Teams voluntary online session for teachers 
14th – 15th October 2021Facts4All MOOC validation workshop
8th November 2021Starting of Digital Content Training to educators in Middle Schools
 6th January, 2022SELFIE SESSIONS 1 – Thu. 6 Jan. 2022 – Fri. 15 Apr. 2022
21th April, 2022SELFIE SESSIONS – Thu. 21 Apr. 2022 – Sat. 23 Jul. 2022
26th January 2022Embed Digital Literacy Awards Ceremony  including eTwinning Special Awards.
8th February 2022Safer Internet Day
4th March 2022Digital Literacy workshops for students at our centre
Sept / Oct 2021eTwinning Weeks Campaign – More information on eTwinningLive
October-November 2021eTwinning Webinar for Resource Centres organised by San Miguel Primary Education Resource Centre – TBC
Sept/Oct 2021eTwinning School Label 2021-22 – Award-giving ceremony
28,29,30 October 2021Annual eTwinning Online Conference –  Media Literacy & Disinformation
Organised by the eTwinning Central Support Service Brussels (This is replacing a face to face conference that was to take place in Cyprus).
Term 1
Scholastic year 2021 – 2022
Joint eTwinning & Erasmus online Seminar for school leaders – Circular to be issued.
28, 29,30 April 2022European  eTwinning  Seminar   –   organised by NSO Malta                             Participants will be educators from Malta and other European Countries. Circular to be issued.
9th May 2022eTwinning Day – Various local and European Events to celebrate this special day. Circular to be issued.
May/June 2022Online celebration  for new schools awarded the eTwinning School Label 2022-23
Sept/Oct 2022eTwinning School Label 2022-23 Award-giving ceremony

Contact us on:

Email: digital-literacy@ilearn.edu.mt

Telephone: 25981564/5

Keep up to date with the latest news and initiatives on:

Website: https://digitalliteracy.skola.edu.mt/

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