Work so far
started the project, we decided to ensure that the children would
all have achieved basic skills, before embarking on the mulitmedia
aspect of the project. This preparatory work, paid dividends in
did we do?
For more than six weeks, the boys in 4th, 5th
and 6th took a course similar to the Phase 2 course in IT 2000.
We used Word 2000. A lot of time was spent on folders, saving
and retrieving. We then did basic word processing skills,
working with text boxes, images and photos.
Before beginning Illuminatus, it was decided
to start the children on a similar project called Hyperstudio.
The plan was that when they had mastered Hyperstudio, the
skills learned would be transferrable to Illuminatus. The
transition to Illuminatus would then be painless....
work on Hyperstudio took much longer than anticipated and
only a small group of boys began work on Illuminatus.
did work - even though we only took approx. 10 boys, we
did discover that after a few short lessons, they were well able
to use Illuminatus and learned quickly. In fact when a computer
magazine recently gave copies of the product away free many of
these children bought it and spent the summer working on it -
surely an endorsement in itself!
(Septmeber 10th), we will finish work on Hyperstudio and
await the arrival of Opus Pro. The children are really
looking forward to it.
A large number
of curriculum based projects were completed last year, some using
Hyperstudio and some using Illuminatus. These projects
were publically displayed at the end of the year.
on display on that day were:
Night Sky: A Hyperstudio project informing the viewer about
the planets, solar systems, stars etc.
War: A Hyperstudio project outlining a brief history of
the Vietnam War.
Grammar: A Hyperstudion project on the Aimsir Chaite, Aimsir
Láithreach, Aimsir Fháistineach and the Modh Coinníollach.
A Hyperstudio project based on birds.
the Sea: A Hyperstudio project showing animal life under
A Hyperstudio project which reviews books and films such as
Gladiator and Adrian Mole.
Rising: A Hyperstudio project outlining the events and leaders
of Easter 1916.
Collins: An Illuminatus project outlining the life and times
of General Michael Collins.
An Illuminatus project documenting the history and lives of
An Illuminatus project outlining the schools successes in Orienteering
over the past five years. There is also an interactive quiz
to grapple with.
An Illuminatus project depicting the rivers, lakes, mountains
etc of Ireland.
An Illuminatus project outlining the school’s participation
in Chess Competitions, history and a brief quiz.
An Illuminatus project with music, interactive quiz and geography