Who wrote what?

Age: 8,9,10
Project Year: 2012-13

The aim of our project 'Who Wrote What?' was to incorporate literacy from the curriculum into the Dissolving Boundaries project

Our aim was to encourage the pupils to swap stories, poems, characters etc... and add to each others work. Our first activity was an A-Z of both schools on the wiki using photos and captions. Both schools thoroughly enjoyed this and learned a lot about their partners. Questions and comments on the A-Z were given during our second Videoconference. Collaboration was achieved through the pupils working together to create their finished pieces of work. For example, both groups from North and South designed a character and then uploaded it to the wiki, their partner group then wrote a paragraph based on that character. Pupils were very enthusiastic about this activity and loved seeing what the other school had come up with! They then discussed it on the forums both in school and at home. Acrostic poems were uploaded to a third page on each wiki. Students chose any word (or words) that linked to the DB project and then wrote a poem based on it. This was a great activity to encourage the pupils to reflect on their experience and share their thoughts with others.

Face-to-face meeting

Venue: Croke Park, Dublin
We decided to hold our Face-to-face in Croke Park this year as it was convenient for both schools. The trip took place in April so the pupils had been videoconferencing and chatting on the forums for a few months before meeting. When we arrived at Croke Park the pupils engaged in a 'getting to know you' activity to ensure they mixed and interacted. We had the use of a meeting room so the pupils were divided into their DB groups for lunch and games such as cards, charades, 20 questions etc... This was a great way of encouraging the students to find out more about the children in their group and made the concluding months of the project more personal. In the afternoon both classes went together on a tour of Croke Park, it was lovely to see them mixing and making friends throughout the day.

Videoconferencing

We used videoconferencing on five occasions this year. All of these were discussed and planned beforehand so that the pupils knew what format they would take. E.g. in the 'Getting to Know you' VC each pupil introduced themselves and said two or three interesting facts, then a pupil from their partner school was encouraged to ask one question back. We were aware from previous years that the VCs needed to be structured to ensure the pupils participated and there were no lingering silences!

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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