Dissolving Boundaries Day - Summary

 

Live online broadcast from Dundalk Institute of Technology 16th May 2013
This year the Dissolving Boundaries programme celebrated the year’asme b31.3s work in spectacular fashion! Broadcasting live across the web it was possible for all of the primary, secondary and special schools in the programme to view and comment on the event that took place in Dundalk Institute of Technology on Thursday 16th May. The webcast was made possible with the help of Classroom2000 (C2k), the providers of educational technology for schools in Northern Ireland and an outside TV broadcast team from the North East Education and Library Board. 
On May 16th ten of the 200 or so DB schools presented what they have learned from taking part in this programme. Like all their work on the programme, the DB Day presentations were created jointly by the pupils home decor ideas and we heard about project topics such as ancient Eqypt, World War 1, population studies and the weather. They also spoke about how they used technology to communicate throughout the year and what it’s like to work in a cross border team. 
Teachers and pupils in Canada and Israel were also part of the audience. 
DkIT President Dr Denis Cummins launched the event and Andy Pollak, retiring Director of the Centre for Cross-Border Studies closed the proceedings. Both of guest speakers praised the initiative with Andy Pollak calling it the best example of using ICT to build bridges that he has seen in Ireland, or indeed, across Europe.
The schools that participated in the celebration included;
Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College & St Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Finglas
Teachers: Gareth Proctor (NI) & Sinead Gilligan Quinn (RoI)
Pupils: Emily Murdoch, Zara Lockhard, Chloe Diamond (NI) & Rachel Maguire, Robyn Coleman and Adrianna Belica (RoI)
Presentation Senior National School Mullingar & Parkhall Primary School Antrim
Teachers: Niamh O'Neill (RoI) & Stephen Baillie (NI)
Pupils: Anda Baltag, Jenna Mulligan and Aoife Shaw (RoI) & Karl Johnston, Jodie Majury, Max Lilleyman (NI)
Forge Integrated Primary School, Belfast & Rush National School
Teachers: Alice Hartford (NI) & Caoimhe Trappe (RoI)
Pupils: Arthur McKeever, Lily Collins, Lesedi Vellem (NI) & Maia McCann, Tomás Hegarty and Robyn Langan (RoI)
Thornfield House School, Newtownabbe & St Mochta’s National School, Clonsilla
Teachers: Alex Kirk (NI)
Pupils: Bronagh Long, Scott McGurk and Thomas McKnight (NI)
St Manchan’s National School, Moate & Clonalig Primary School Crossmaglen
Teachers: Christina McCann (NI) & Barbara Conway (RoI)
Pupils: Rian Kelly-Murphy, Ava Cornally and Rebecca Peavoy (RoI) & Tara Goodman, Jack Kennedy, Caoimhe Dooley (NI)

Live online broadcast from Dundalk Institute of Technology 16th May 2013

This year the Dissolving Boundaries programme celebrated the year’s work in spectacular fashion! Broadcasting live across the web it was possible for all of the primary, secondary and special schools in the programme to view and comment on the event that took place in Dundalk Institute of Technology on Thursday 16th May. The webcast was made possible with the help of Classroom2000 (C2k), the providers of educational technology for schools inNorthern Ireland and an outside TV broadcast team from the North East Education and Library Board. 

On May 16th ten of the 200 or so DB schools presented what they have learned from taking part in this programme. Like all their work on the programme, the DB Day presentations were created jointly by the pupils and we heard about project topics such as ancient Eqypt, World War 1, population studies and the weather. They also spoke about how they used technology to communicate throughout the year and what it’s like to work in a cross border team. 

Teachers and pupils in Canada and Israel were also part of the audience. 

DkIT President Dr Denis Cummins launched the event and Andy Pollak, retiring Director of the Centre for Cross-Border Studies closed the proceedings. Both of guest speakers praised the initiative with Andy Pollak calling it the best example of using ICT to build bridges that he has seen in Ireland, or indeed, across Europe.

The schools that participated in the celebration included;

Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College & St Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Finglas

Teachers: Gareth Proctor (NI) & Sinead Gilligan Quinn (RoI)
Pupils:     Emily Murdoch, Zara Lockhard, Chloe Diamond (NI) & Rachel Maguire, Robyn Coleman and Adrianna Belica (RoI)

Presentation Senior National School Mullingar & Parkhall Primary School Antrim

Teachers: Niamh O'Neill (RoI) & Stephen Baillie (NI)
Pupils:      Anda Baltag, Jenna Mulligan and Aoife Shaw (RoI) & Karl Johnston, Jodie Majury, Max Lilleyman (NI)

Forge Integrated Primary School, Belfast & Rush National School

Teachers: Alice Hartford (NI) & Caoimhe Trappe (RoI)
Pupils:     Arthur McKeever, Lily Collins, Lesedi Vellem (NI) & Maia McCann, Tomás Hegarty and Robyn Langan (RoI)

Thornfield House School, Newtownabbe & St Mochta’s National School, Clonsilla

Teachers: Alex Kirk (NI)
Pupils: Bronagh Long, Scott McGurk and Thomas McKnight (NI)

St Manchan’s National School, Moate & Clonalig Primary School Crossmaglen

Teachers: Christina McCann (NI) & Barbara Conway (RoI)
Pupils: Rian Kelly-Murphy, Ava Cornally and Rebecca Peavoy (RoI) & Tara Goodman, Jack Kennedy, Caoimhe Dooley (NI)

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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