Title: A Walk Along The Lane
Subject Area: Environmental
Mobility within the environment
of the school grounds. Social and Personal Development.
Age Range: Special Needs
children with a moderate range of learning difficulties aged between !4-16
years. Though it could be used as a project from 3rd Class upwards.
Goals of the Project.
1. To familiarise the students with their local school environment.
2. To teach them a little of the History of the lane.
3. To inform them a little about The West Clare Railway,
4. To compare and contrast the changes with then and the present day.
5. To observe and record information about the lane for the school's web
6. To interact and work together as a team.
7. To provide the group with the opportunity to select relevant data,
use of Digital camera.
- The objectives stated above
integrate various aspects of The Special Needs Curriculum.Social and
personal skills - interpersonal skills, discussion and team work.
- Recording images using the
digital camera exposed the students to another ICT skills.
- Language and communication
skills - observing and talking about what they saw.
school web site- http://stclares.ennis.ie The graphics are on the computer
in the classroom and are downloaded to give the students the opportunity
to write about the pictures and to recall the events. Copies of the
project were supplied to all the students involved so that they could
communicate the experience with their family and friends.
- The Pupils need to have
the necessary attention span and comprehension level to understand the
- They need to be open to
new knowledge and to grasp its relevance.
- The teacher needs to decide
on the content, pace of the project and teach the IT skills necessary
for the project beforehand.
- The project needs to be
structured by the teacher to make the maximum use of the time allotted,
and to ensure the desired learning outcome for the student.
Management : The students walked through the lane and the sights
were discussed. The students were questioned on the information to ensure
the remembered the content. Using the Digital camera images of the sights
were recorded and saved as jpgs in a special folder on the computer.
With the help of the teacher the students wrote up their information
in Word, allowing all involved an opportunity to record. The next stage
involved discussing and planning the articles to be used in the web
site. Using Front Page the information and images were put on our web
site, this task was undertaken by the teacher and it provided a new
learning experience for the students.
Follow up work was done by the students, drawing pictures and writing
about the photo images. Further development on the topic included looking
for books on the subject in the local library.
Organisation of Class The students chosen for the project came
from the two senior classes. This involved working within timetables
and making sure all the students spent their time productively. Tasks
were allotted to the students working on the project. Some were better
at recording information and others grasped the workings of the digital
camera quickly. Opportunities were provided for the students to experience
the different tasks thus improving their knowledge.
Evaluation:This project facilitated a wide range of Curriculum
based learning objectives. Skills such as recording, observing, researching
and editing were enhanced. The student's self esteem improved through
team work and cooperation, shy students felt more secure and worked
more productively. Students were encouraged to express themselves and
help was forthcoming in assisting the students to ask questions and
formulate answers, thus improving speech and communication skills. It
is important also to set the pace and content appropriate to the student's
ability and understanding. This project will provide a framework for
other projects and the mistakes made and the lessons learned will improve
the quality and learning experience of future projects.