Myself and my locality

Age: 6,7,8
Project Year: 2012-13

Comparison of schools and asurrounding areas

In term 1, time was spent allowing the children to investigate the DB webpage and to use the chat facility. Each pupil completed a personal database which was viewed by their group in the partnering school. Both schools designed "jigsaw" puzzles of their DB groups which included a line about what they hoped to achieve from the project throughout the year and also contained their pupil photos to help with our initial theme "Getting to know you." These jigsaw puzzles were displayed in the classrooms North and South throughout the year. We posted personal information as well as school and curricular topics using the Forum. The children experimented with font size and style and learned how to view their group messages and start new topics when suitable. Collaboration was achieved when the children asked and responded to questions on their current topics in class and information was exchanged on their local areas. The children analysed and commented on differences and similarities between their localities and PowerPoint presentations created by the children were exchanged online. As this work formed part of the ICT accreditation scheme, the children were asked to exchange, evaluate and provide feedback on the work of their partner group. Following events such as our face-to-face meeting, our Christmas show, First Holy Communion etc, photographs and video clips were exchanged between both schools and this provided the platform for videoconferencing and forum discussions.

Face-to-face meeting

Venue: Share Village, Enniskillen
We decided to hold our Face-to-face meeting early in the year (November) in the hope that the children would benefit from the project more if they knew each other better, shared experiences together and had made friends. We travelled to the Share Centre in Enniskillen where the children took part in a variety of Ice breaker activities and team challenges. The children spent the day in their DB groups meaning that they mixed really well and had a better relationship with their group for the duration of the year. The children ate lunch together before heading home our separate ways. Some children even sent messages to each other that night from home! The face-to-face meeting was a very successful day as the children did become more familiar with one another and had lots to talk about in the forum over the following months.

Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing was used almost every second week during the year.
Topics:
  • Getting to know oneanother
  • Our First Holy Communion
  • Our First Confessions
  • Our Town
  • Our School Tour
  • Our face-to-face trip
Benefits:
  • Increased confidence in using audio/visual devices.
  • Learning how to work a web camera using best lighting/position.
  • Learning how to hold a microphone to achieve best sound quality.
  • Taking turns.
  • Listening and responding.
  • Understanding that there sometimes is a time delay.
  • Understanding the need to prepare for VC sessions in order to get best out of them.

    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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