Brú na Bóinne Subject
Area: History Specific
Topic: A study of the Boyne Valley and associated passage tombs in
- That the children would
research information from the Internet and the Library about the Boyne
- That they would be actively
involved in this memorable learning experience and hence broaden their
knowledge of the subject.
- That they would appreciate
the legacy of the Passage Graves and the Boyne VaIley.
- That they would make a PowerPoint
Presentation based on their findings that could be used by other pupils
in the school.
- That their active involvement
as designers and authors of the project would enthuse their curiosity
for knowledge and learning in the future.
Age Range: Fifth/Sixth Class 10-12 year olds
Display: The project will be displayed in Hard Copy in the classroom
and as a PowerPoint Presentation on a CD ROM for other children to use
and learn from.
- Ability to research books
and the Internet for relevant information.
- A basic ability to summarise
text and select appropriate graphics.
- I PC Internet access
- Library access
- There are only four pupils
in this class for deaf children so the group worked as a team.
- Research In pairs using
books and appropriate web sites.
- Use of yahoo.com to search.
- 4 suitable sites were found
and these were used as their Internet knowledge source.
- Photos and other graphics
were also downloaded from these sites.
Division of Tasks
- Child with a particular
flair for display and design searched for graphics to suit the presentation.
- Children drew their own
pictures and designs, which they learned how to scan into the presentation.
- The teacher acted as a facilitator
- All pupils played an equal
part in making the Presentation.
- None had used PowerPoint
before but with the help of the class teacher and ICT Teacher they quickly
Time Line The project took 2 months to complete and was finished
in mid March 1999.
- Because the children researched
the project themselves they were actively learning during this period.
- Editing and summarising
content ensured that reading and writing was meaningful.
- Diligent editors were essential.
- Attention to good presentation
and bright effective design.
- The children enjoyed working
on the presentation.
- Increased self-esteem as
others enjoyed the presentation.
- They would have liked to
visit the Boyne Valley as its splendour was unveiled to them. Unfortunately
a trip to Co. Meath was not possible. It really could have consolidated
the learning experience.
Family Junior School, Hearing Impaired Unit