Our Area(s) & Biodiversity

Age: 8,9
Project Year: 2012-13

A study of local areas and biodiversity

As an introductory assignment, the children in both schools were divided into groups and each group was given a topic under the theme 'Our Area'. The following topics were assigned.

  • Buildings in our Area
  • Shops & Shopping in Our Area
  • Geographical Features in Our Area
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Our School
Each group took photos, wrote short informative pieces about each and posted on their corresponding wiki pages.The children later worked on the theme of Biodiversity. Under this theme, they worked on the subheadings The Weather, Birds and Spring watch. All the children from St Edwards and Windsor Hill Together at Tanagh. The weather was great which really added to our experience. The Project's aims were to compare and contrast both areas and to observe the biodiversity in our two locations. Collaboration was achieved through the forum, wikis, videoconferencing, telephone calls and e-mails. The children researched their topics and shared this information with their partner school. Sometimes further research or clarification was required after posting to forums / wikis.

Face-to-face meeting

Venue: Tanagh Adventure Centre, Monaghan
The children from St Edwards and Windsor Hill Primary School came together for their face-to-face meeting on June 10th 2013. We chose this venue due to a recommendation by Dissolving Boundaries staff. Both schools took part in team building activities where co-operation and discussion were important for success. They had to do balancing activities, carry each other over obstacles, climbing activities, problem solving games and loads more fun challenges. The children were divided into their groups in which they had already been working in the Dissolving Boundaries projects i.e the children in group 1 in Sligo were matched with the children from group 1 in Newry etc.

Videoconferencing

We used videoconferencing on 4 occasions (others were planned but failed due to technical difficulties).During these sessions, the children introduced themselves to each other, had Q &A sessions. The children in Sligo performed the song "A Little Peace" and the children in Newry recited their Feis poems such as "The Computer Swallowed Grandpa" for each other, and they also planned their face-to-face tripThe main benefits of the videoconferencing sessions were that:
  • it made the whole DB experience more real for the children
  • the children got the opportunity to use technology in a fun and safe environment

Schools Involved

  • Location: Ballytivnan Sligo
    Age Group: 8,9
    Type: Primary

  • Location: Church Avenue Newry BT34 1DY
    Age Group: 8,9
    Type: Primary

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.

 

School Participation

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