Our Local Area

Age: 9,10,11
Project Year: 2012-13

Local study

Project Themes

  • Our local Area
  • Communicating online
  • History of Croke Park.
Project Aims
  • To enable the child to communicate online with their partner school using the Dissolving Boundaries website
  • To compare two contrasting local areas according to culture, natural environments and people
  • To conduct research on the history of Croke Park.
  • To develop the children’s ICT skills.
Online Activities
The children shared their experiences of their local area with each other through the ICT package Moodle. The children shared the information on a Wiki where they included information on the local History of the area and their geographical setting. They held regular blogs on events throughout the school year and as a result they learnt many new computer skills. The children had some experience of uploading photographs and videoconferencing but were able to acquire new skills such as using a video camera and a Wiki. They were able to form new friendships and got the chance to explore the similarities and differences in both communities.
How collaboration was achieved
We achieved collaboration through splitting the project into different sections and assigning each WIKI group a particular topic. This meant that the children in each group from both schools were working on parallel topics. In addition to this, collaboration was achieved from our weekly blogs. The children were in constant contact with each other via this method and this meant that we were up to date with whatever was going on in our partner school.

Face-to-face meeting

Venue: Croke Park, Dublin
We chose this venue as it was accessible to both schools and it was an area of interest in the project which was common to both schools. It was an excellent day and the children really enjoyed it. They were able to meet the children with whom they had been communicating over the computer. They mixed really well and engaged in a number of activities around GAA sport. The children got a tour of the grounds and got the chance to take part in some interactive activities on the GAA sports. The children were able to mix well because we put them in the same groups that they had been divided into for the Wikis and so they were able to develop their relationships further.

Videoconferencing

We tried to use this facility but there seemed to be problem with the technology in North Bay school.

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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