Ten years ago I would have said technology is the future. Now, technology in the classroom is the present and it will stay there to stimulate and engage the learners. Using the PCs in class has sometimes given problems, where the learners got off track, and you may have found them wandering about the Internet where they were not supposed to be or simply got lost. The tablets that we are going to introduce will give total control to you as a teacher and you will know what each of your learners is doing at any given time. (More about this in another blog.)
How will you engage your students in meaningful learning experiences using technology, creativity and passion? You will have an ever present tablet in your classroom together with other tools that you have been using for some time. You will need to see that all your students receive the time, attention and care they deserve. In this way your students will develop responsibility, curiosity and a love of learning. I believe that you are extraordinary teachers, professionals who will fully embrace the tablet solution in your classroom. I am sure that throughout the years you have surrounded your students with the tools to succeed, whether that is an interactive board, pen and paper and in a few weeks time, a tablet. We will help you to weave all these tools together into a seamless, meaningful learning experience for your students, from small group learning activities focused on learning outcomes to creating and implementing strategies using multiple digital tools for all the students to access the curriculum.
I encourage you to let your passion drive you once more in each and every day. Please remember why you became a teacher. You have been called to make a difference in your students’ lives. I am positive we can do it together.
Emmanuel Zammit is an educator. Started his work experience as a teacher in 1976 and taught in State Primary schools, in the special education sector and in State Secondary school where he taught Technical Design and ICT. He served as a Secondary schools ICT support teacher, Assistant head master in a primary school, Education Officer for eLearning, Assistant Director and since 2013 serves as Director for Digital Literacies.
In 1981 Emmanuel Zammit earned a BEd and completed with distinction further studies in ICT and Education Diploma from the University of Malta. A higher diploma was earned in Online education from the University of London in 2000. In 2008 Emmanuel Zammit earned a Masters Degree (Distinction) in ICT and Education from the University of Leeds. Emmanuel Zammit is a member of the EU Creative classrooms Lab and Chairperson of the Pedagogical advisory group to MEDE’s ICT steering Committee.
In 1982 coauthored and illustrated a textbook for primary school children Lejn il-Missier and 1991 published the textbook for secondary school 11 to 12 year olds on Technical Design. Published various short articles in local religious magazines (Vexillina & Regina et Mater). In 2005 Emmanuel coauthored an automated testing system (SSr) for ICT students and won the NICTAA 2006 for SSr (National ICT Achievements Awards). Emmanuel Zammit won the Best Illustrator 2006 for a series of books covering Maltese culture and in 2007 placed first out of 564 European teachers and won the EU e-Learning Award for the Best ICT Practice. In 2014 and 2015 published two papers one on Digital Literacy and the other on Positive Behaviour in an Online Environment. Before retiring in 2019, Emmanuel and his team managed to implement the National roll out of Tablets to all schools in Malta and restructured the Digital Literacy Directorate.
Emmanuel Zammit is married, a grandfather and lives in Mosta Malta.
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