Integrating the project and this particular methodology into the school curriculum is one of the aims of the eTwinning project so Knockaclarig National School and Vindangen Primary School decided to align theirs with the science strand, Environmental Awareness and Care. As is often the case, however, the scope of the project was far greater. While science was the kernel of the project’s first module and it was strictly adhered to nonetheless a myriad of topics surfaced and were treated in many different formats.
One of the themes his pupils worked on was Irish wild flowers. Pupils went to a local farmer's field beside the school, captured images on still and movie cameras and handhelds of the ten flowers they had selected. As a result they became aware of the local names for the flowers, so then researched their botanical names. They found the Irish names and asked for the equivalents from the Swedish school. Each student gave an audio report on one of the flowers.
The project work then moved into other curriculum areas, drawing the plants, choosing music to accompany a journey to a field and exploring the theme of flowers in poetry, song and girls’ names. Much of their research was built into the slideshow that is uploaded to the blog.
This eTwinning project is also a great example of social networking. There was ease of communications, query and willingness to exchange and learn more about the other person’s point of view and the pupils got a perception of Sweden that could not be assimilated through an atlas or a text book.
Confidence and self esteem, ICT and technical skills all expanded in the virtual world of the lessons.