The Vikings, Eco Warriors and Healthy Lifestyles

Age: 8,9,10,11,12
Project Year: 2010-11

The children were involved in a variety of collaborative tasks where they were encouraged to establish a group identity and work together on a range of fun physical challenges.

This year the Primary 6 class continued their link with Scoil Chroist Ri, Enniscrone, County Sligo. They initiated the link by setting up the moodle environment through arranging 8 groups from each of the classes. They communicated weekly on a variety of topical issues using the forums and uploaded personal profiles to a wiki page telling each of their partners all about themselves.

A very successful teambuilding face-to-face meeting took place at the Share Centre in County Fermanagh in the middle of November. The children were involved in a variety of collaborative tasks where they were encouraged to establish a group identity and work together on a range of fun physical challenges. The children really got to know each other and this facilitated even better collaboration using the forums, wiki pages and video conference technology back in the respective schools.

In the Autumn term the children worked extremely hard on a cross-curricular study of the Vikings. They examined the life and times of the Vikings and in particular how they travelled. The groups from each school presented a video-conference showing posters and 3-D artwork of Viking longboats. They had to present their longboats in the best possible light to encourage children from the other school to buy them.

The children presented puppet shows associated with environmental issues and these were constructively critiqued by the children in the other school. The children explored issues connected to healthy lifestyle - They used video conference to describe aspects of their diet and to share ideas on healthy eating.

Face-to-Face

The face-to-face took place in the Share Centre in Eniskillen.

Whole classes mingled and took part in a range of ice-breaker activities. Children moved into Dissolving Boundaries groups and became acquainted with their team mates. Team developed a sense of identity by creating a name and discussing rules/contracts. Groups then took part in a series of teamwork challenges:

· Spiders Web: Children had to pass the whole team through a series of spiders webs.

· Acid Lake: Children had to use planks and some crates to manoeuvre the whole group over an acid lake safely.

· Maze: Children had to work collaboratively to manoeuvre a ball through a giant maze game.

· Tangram Challenge: Children had to work together to build a giant picture using large shapes.

· Ski Challenge: Children each stood on planks attached to ropes. They had to work together o walk in tandem.

· Balance the ball: Children used string to attempt to work together to balance a ball.

· Balancing Nails: Children had to work together to balance a number of nails in sequence.

· Chatting: One station in the cycle was dedicated to social time for the children to become better acquainted.

The day was a real success in many ways. Through initial ice-breakers, children felt secure and able to relate to each other in a comfortable way. Facilitators were supportive within the teams and developed a strong, affirming ethos whilst encouraging effective collaboration. Children engaged with each other with ease, and learned a great deal about each other through working collaboratively, sharing ideas and solving problems. There was a great sense of achievement among the children and a collective sense of shared accomplishments by the end of the activities. Children related their enjoyment of the activities and communicated through the forums about their shared experience. They could now work even more effectively online with other children whom they had grown to know as friends.

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.

 

School Participation

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