The Keep on Track Project is a collaborative, cross curricular project connecting 16 schools from Galway to Dublin along the Inter City Rail Line.
Each school has adopted a station to tell the rich story of that station in a variety of formats. Classes from Senior Infants to Sixth class are taking part in the project, researching materials and engaging in learning experiences relevant to their own curricular level.
Schools will compile their work across all curricular areas and present project materials and outcomes on a joint project blog, the first project of its kind in the country using the Scoilnet Blogs platform. www.keepontrack.scoilnet.ie
Irish Rail (www.irishrail.ie) as Keep on Track Sponsor and has offered huge commitment and support. Irish Rail is making archive materials available to aid the implementation of the project and is facilitating Railway Station visits from each school.
The project is also supported by the Education Centres in the relevant catchment areas:
- Galway Education Centre
- Athlone Education Centre
- Portlaoise Education Centre
- Kildare Education Centre
- Drumcondra Education Centre
A Workshop Day for Teachers took place in Athlone Education Centre on the 20th of January 2011. Each Education Centre facilitated their schools with regards to attendance on the day.
NCTE, the National Centre for Technology in Education ( www.ncte.ie ) has committed to the project through the use of Scoilnet Blogs and also through access to Scoilnet Maps www.maps.scoilnet.ie This is the first opportunity for Primary Schools in Ireland to access this resource.
A launch day will be held in the Radisson Hotel in Galway on June 9th 2011 where schools will present their Project Findings. A Special Irish Rail train will bring all schools involved to and from Galway for the day of celebration.
The project’s blog www.keepontrack.scoilnet.ie is currently being updated by schools on a regular basis. Keep on Track offers huge opportunities for teachers and students to engage with ‘real life’ learning experiences in a cross curricular manner. It also cements the collaboration between schools, Education Centres and the NCTE and provides a model for co-operation between schools and industry.
Click here to visit a link containing all the logos submittesd so far by school to represent the project. We will have a vote soon to determine which one should make the shortlist for a designer to work with to develop an actual Project logo.