Titanic

Age: 12,13
Project Year: 2011-12

History & ICT project developing collaborative wikis on the Titanic

The pupils from both schools worked in groups to collaboratively create a wiki based on facets of the Titanic Story which they identified at a face-to-face planning meeting on 25th October 2011. They kept in contact through the forums and had opportunities for face-to-face meetings using videoconferencing. The pupils were encouraged to upload their individual profiles any add commentary to the blog about events in each school. It is intended that pupils should experience and make use of ICT technologies to extend their interest in History. Using Photo Story some groups created video clips on the Titanic story based on their research and wrote the voice-over script. Others created an action game in GameMaker based on the Titanic theme. All work was uploaded to the wikis for sharing.

Face-to-Face:

Venue for the face to face was the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Visit the Titanica Exhibition and the Titanica Exhibition houses at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum on 25th October 2011. There was a planning meeting at which the pupils were divided into groups. Icebreakers helped them get to know the others in their group. They paired up and identified the topics which they would collaborate on and completed planning sheets.

Face-to-face Meeting - Cullybackey High & Eureka Secondary Schools at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra

Face-to-face Meeting - Cullybackey High & Eureka Secondary Schools at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra

Collaboration in Action - planning meeting to discuss approaches to the Titanic topic and identify tasks to be carried out

Collaboration in Action - planning meeting to discuss approaches to the Titanic topic and identify tasks to be carried out

 

Videoconferencing:

We started videoconferencing mid-November. After initial technical problems were resolved the pupils started their videoconferencing sessions the week after. Initial embarrassment at speaking on-line soon changed to conversation and discussion of the Titanic topics they were working on. Each pupil had a partner in the other school and they were given opportunities to discuss progress, refine their theme and divide up tasks. Before Christmas we had three pupil group videoconferences. We did not have any more until Easter due to school constraints (exams/different holidays/viruses). In May we had difficulty getting connections. Elluminate worked on the Northern side but there were problems with sound and connections even though the guests had full moderator privileges. We tried about ten sessions and were only successful from about the middle of May. The teachers videconferenced to plan the presentation for the DB Day then the selected pupils were able to videoconference in three sessions so they could practice their delivery. The quality of the sound and some of the images was always a problem. However we were able to share access to the presentation, which we could not do using Marratech. All the videoconferences were group to group or individual to individual over lunchtimes (15 to 30 minutes long, between 1pm and 1.30 pm). On a few occasions there were frequent breaks in transmission which meant the VC had to be aborted.

Schools Involved

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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