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Established in 2000 Dissolving Boundaries is managed in the rolex replica watches Republic of Ireland by the Education Department, National University of Ireland, Maynooth and in Northern Ireland by the School of Education, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

The project aims to:
•    engage pupils in collaborative, curricular-based projects
•    promote mutual understanding on both sides of the border
•    promote sustainability of the use of technology in schools

How many schools are involved at present?

Many schools have been involved in the Programme over the years and there are currently over 100 partnerships, from Primary, Special and Post Primary schools.

What is involved for participating schools?

The Dissolving Boundaries Programme facilitates links between schools. All participating schools are invited to a planning conference at the beginning of the school year.  This consists of an overnight stay in a hotel, followed by a day of training and science news planning facilitated by the programme team. This gives teachers the opportunity to meet each other socially and plan joint project work.  Teachers discuss and sign an agreement form outlining work to be undertaken with their partner school.

What do the pupils do?

Once teachers have chosen the topic to work on, they present Gucci Replica Handbags the idea to the pupils explaining that some of their work will be done with a partner school and that it will be project based using online interaction and video-conferencing.

Online written communication using Moodle:

The Dissolving Boundaries Programme has its own computer conferencing area, using a password protected interactive site called Moodle. Pupils communicate on forums and can add pages, upload podcasts and create blogs about their project work. For safety and privacy reasons, this area is closed to non-participants.

Video-conferencing

A secure environment for video conferencing is also provided: where necessary, a web-cam and microphone are supplied to schools to facilitate this form of communication.

Face-to-face meeting

Finally, a key feature of the Dissolving Boundaries programme is the face-to-face meeting for pupils which can be carried out at any point in the year and in any location. The purpose of the face-to-face meeting is to consolidate and sustain the relationships initiated in the online and video-conferencing communication.

What training do teachers get in the programme?

Teachers are trained in all aspects of the technology used in the programme. Training is held in local Education Centres and and/or conveniently located schools.  The project continues to support teachers in the day-to-day running of the projects.  Many teachers need technical support and this is available from the Dissolving Boundaries team.  

What funding is available to the school?

A grant is available to schools to cover administration costs. A further grant is provided to faciliate a face-to-face meeting for pupils during the year.

How is the project work evaluated and disseminated?


The on-going work and communication between schools is securely protected and not visible in the public domain. So to ensure that the outcomes of pupils’ work are seen and celebrated teachers provide a summary of the outcomes, a short description of the activities carried out throughout the year that can be viewed on this site (projects page)

The project team carries out academic research and Replica Hermes Handbags evaluation of the programme each year and this is disseminated in annual Dissolving Boundaries reports and published in academic journals.

How can schools join the programme?

Schools may be nominated by Education Centres in the Republic of Ireland.   Schools in Northern Ireland are nominated by ICT advisors from Education and Library Boards.  Alternatively, schools may  send an expression of interest from the homepage of this site.  

Media Gallery

For Dissolving Boundaries Day 2014 we invited schools to send us short video recordings that show what DB means to them. We've pieced these together into a movie!

A documentary about linking schools through ICT; case studies of cross-border links between Northern Ireland and Ireland in the Dissolving Boundaries programme and in Israel through the TEC program.

 

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