E-Learning Platform launched for State Primary Schools

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E-Learning Platform launched for State Primary SchoolsA Memorandum of Understanding between the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education and the Directorate for Educational Services and the Malta Union of Teachers on the Implementation of the ELearning Platform (Fronter) in State Primary Schools, was signed today.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education and the Directorate for Educational Services and the Malta Union of Teachers on the Implementation of the ELearning Platform (Fronter) in Primary Schools is the outcome of the 2010 agreement between the Government and the Malta Union of Teachers whereby the value of eLearning as a pedagogical principle and the investment that Malta is making with regard to eLearning were acknowledged.

It is designed to assist the incremental implementation of the Virtual Learning Environment in our schools, where implementation and training is being carried out.

Targets for Scholastic Year 2012- 2013

Targets to be reached by teaching grades during scholastic year 2012-2013 include the following:

accessing circulars and information on the virtual staff noticeboard;

accessing their ilearn email account;

accessing the resource room/digital repository;

recording student attendance;

recording teacher assessment twice yearly and results of Half Yearly and Annual Examinations; Teaching Grades will have the facility to back up their classroom at the end of the scholastic year to safeguard their own resources and teaching materials and able seek support through MEDE and through the Online Support Section.

Teachers are expected to collaborate with Learning Support Assistants and give access to the teaching /learning materials used with students.

As a result of this agreement, teaching grades are also encouraged to record homework as a message on classrooms; communicate with colleagues; help students publish their own work on the platform; use the different tools to develop activities and enhance lesson; upload and share activities and lessons; send suggestions on features and training they would like MEDE to make available; and showcase best practices.

Principal Permanent Secretary and MITA Chairman, Dr. Godwin Grima, witnessed the signing of the agreement in the presence of Matthew Gatt, Chief Executive Officer at MITA.

Dr. James Calleja, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Employment and Directors General Prof. Grace Grima and Ms. Micheline Sciberras signed on behalf of Government while Kevin Bonello and Franklin Barbara, President and Secretary signed on behalf of the Malta Union of Teachers.

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