A Musical Adventure

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

Music composition and story creation

Pupils introduced themselves via Pupil Profiles to be created using Microsoft Word and attached to Forum messages. Pupils also got the opportunity to compose and perform tunes on the tin whistle, which were recorded via podcast and video conference. In addition a weekly blog was developed which acted as a record of weekly events in each class. Finally, the pupils of both Holy Family P.S. and St. Paul's Senior Primary School have been working on shared adventure stories in their respective groups. Initially the pupils had a videoconferencing session to discuss ideas with their group. Then the pupils used the Forum and Wiki to continue their planning. The pupils have now started drafting their stories with the children editing one another's work while continuing the development of the story. It is a truly collaborative experience for all pupils involved. It encourages pupils to listen to one another's views. It gives confidence to pupils who may struggle with literacy as they are able to share their ideas in a safe environment while other pupils may take the lead with the typing and layout. Finally, we have found that this collaboration has taught the pupils the importance of compromise.

Video conferencing has provided the pupils with an added opportunity to present their work to a new and excited audience. Video Conferencing was used once or twice per month to make our communication more visual, instant and concrete.

Face-to-Face

The highlight of the project is most definitely the face-to-face meeting where pupils are rewarded for their hard work throughout the year and get the opportunity to meet their new friends in the flesh. We took part in two face-to-face meetings, the first of these was in Armagh Planetarium. Students experienced interactive workshops based on Space and the Solar System together with an educational movie and other interesting exhibits. Our second meeting took place in the Cheeky Monkeys Indoor Adventure Playground, Newry. Here pupils interacted with one another in the relaxed environment of Cheeky Monkeys while playing bowling and enjoying the indoor adventure playground.

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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