Our Local Area/Ancient Egyptian/Monster Exchange

Age: 8,9
Project Year: 2012-13

A variety of topics were studied

We first got the children to complete their wiki profiles and insert a picture of themselves. We showed the children how to log on at home and in school. We then moved onto our first project which was Our Local Area. We gathered research, pictures and made a fact file of our local area and put them on the wiki. We had a VC quiz on our local area. The second project was Ancient Egypt. We completed links to group research tasks and completed an Ancient Egypt dictionary. We carried out a VC quiz on Ancient Egypt asking questions about the topic. Our final project is Monster Exchange which we are working on at the minute. The children have to create a monster, describe it in writing to their partner school and the partner school have to draw the monster using the details provided. We completed a VC in groups every couple of weeks. First few was for each group to get to know each other. We went to Causey Farm as part of our face-to-face meeting. We also took part in the Dissolving Boundaries Day live VC in DkIT. We made a presentation about what we have done over the past year. Both participating teachers kept close contact throughout the year via mobile phone. We loved the bog jumping at the Face-to-face trip to Causey Farm.

Face-to-face meeting

Venue: Causey Farm, Navan, Thursday 2nd May 2013.
It was chosen as they provided activities where the children can mix well and it was halfway between both schools. We did pottery, milking cows, feeding animals, giant bubble making and also bog jumping which was the children’s favourite. We put them into their wiki groups and encouraged them to talk to each other. We also told them to get a partner that is not from their own school.

Videoconferencing

We used VC every couple of weeks. At first we had VCs to introduce the groups to each other. After that we had VCs based on the topic we were working on. The children would ask each other questions about the topic. We also asked general knowledge questions. We showed each other the cards we were making for them during the videoconference. The main benefit was the children had an opportunity to see the other group members. It built confidence for children that are not used to talking out loud. We teachers practised the VC at home in the evening at the start of the year.

Schools Involved

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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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