10th June 2010, Malta – From 19th May for seven days, the conference rooms and bedrooms of the Grand Hotel Excelsior were ringing to the sound of happy school children and families testing their skills on the computer screen. The Grand Hotel Excelsior hosted EMBED, an occasion to celebrate good practice of ICT usage in education.
EMBED was a wonderful opportunity for children to experience the 5-star conference facilities of the Excelsior in pursuit of their computing skills. The children made full use of the hotel’s Floriani Hall and conference rooms; even Excelsior guest bedrooms were converted into workshops for the children. In fact, this is the second time that this event has been held at the hotel, an event that the Grand Hotel Excelsior hopes is not the last.
Three workshops were held for the children and an exhibition displayed the different work and projects that have been carried out by the school children using ICT as a tool. With the emphasis on hands-on experience, children used the workshops to become more acquainted with graphics, multimedia, animation, music, physical education using Wii, Lego NXT, Bee-Bots, WE-DO robots, Physics and Interactive whiteboards amongst others.
The event was organised by the Curriculum and eLearning Department within the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education (DQSE), and the Directorate for Educational Services (DES).