Ballon National School have just become one of the latest schools to sign up to an exciting ICT based initiative called Dissolving Boundaries. This initiative aims engage pupils in collaborative, curricular-based projects, promote mutual understanding on both sides of the border and promote sustainability of the use of technology in schools. Currently there are over 180 schools participating in this project from Northern and Southern Ireland, forming over 100 partnerships.
Ms. Hutton’s 3rd class, and Ms. Murphy’s 2nd class will engage in this exciting project on behalf of all in Ballon N.S. Pupils in Ballon have been partnered with pupils of the same age in Mount Saint Michael’s Primary School, Randalstown, Co. Antrim.
Over the year the children will learn to communicate and share their work using Video Conferencing. They will also learn to share their learning by creating Blog’s, Wiki’s, Podcast’s, PowerPoints, and Movies. Children will build relationships with other children in their partner school by creating online profiles, and engaging in regular online interactions through a secure forum called Moodle.
We hope to keep all updated on our progress throughout the project with regular blog posts, and hope that you help us out later in the year with some of our work. We look forward to seeing you at the end of the year to help us celebrate the completion of our work on DB day on May 24th.
A little from Dissolving Boundaries:
Established in 2000 Dissolving Boundaries is managed in the Republic of Ireland by the Education Department, National University of Ireland, Maynooth and in Northern Ireland by the School of Education, University of Ulster, Coleraine.
For more information on DB please follow the link below