Volcanoes

Age: 11,12,13,14
Project Year: 2012-13

Pupils made a PowerPoint presentation of their town and school to share with each other and share the experiences with each other through videoconferencing. We also studied Volcanoes.

The theme of our project was Volcanoes. We started by getting written permission from the parents for the students to be involved and to have their photos taken.

We studied:
  • how Volcanoes work and also where they are in the world.
  • Yellowstone Park.
  • video clips of Volcanoes in Iceland and the ash cloud it caused
The students made a volcano in class and we erupted it when we were on the videoconference with the students in Lisburn. We made both Xmas and Easter presents for the students. The aim of the project was for the students to learn about how students in another part of the country are learning just like them. We also shared what we were doing in class at different times of the year and we had so much in common eg. studying frogs, flowers and trees to name but a few. Collaboration was achieved as Gillian and I communicated all the time by email and mobile phone when needed.Initially it was fun and interesting for our pupils to make a PowerPoint presentation of their town and school to share with each other and share the experiences with each other through videoconferencing.Volcanoes were interesting as our pupils were learning about what they are, where they are, what they do, effects of volcanoes, super volcanoes, dormant and live volcanoes.

Face-to-face meeting

Venue: Parkview School, Lisburn
We travelled to Parkview School. The venue was chosen as it was easier for us to travel and they have very good sports facilities for the students. The school provided us with lunch. The students chatted to each other and played different games together. They also looked at and spoke to each other about volcanoes. The students were able to communicate with each other from the start and we did not have to intervene. All pupils were excited about the visit and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Videoconferencing

All friends together! We used videoconferencing on a fairly regular basis. The students prepared in advance what topics we would use and they were related to what we were discussing at the time in class. We also erupted our volcano with the other students. The students also showed their art work. The main benefits of the conferencing is that the students got to know each other and when they met were looking forward to meeting them when we were heading out on our trip.

Schools Involved

  • Location: Harbour Street Mullingar Co.Westmeath
    Age Group: 11,12,13
    Type: Special schools

  • Location: Brokerstown Road Lisburn  BT28 2EE
    Age Group: 12,13,14
    Type: Special schools

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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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