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Dublin Castle

Welcome to Dublin!

Let’s start knowing a little bit more about the city that we are going to visit in this project. Our first stop in Dublin is going to be Dublin Castle, one of the most visited landmarks in the whole city.

At the end of the session,you will have:

  • been introduced to Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland.
  • known all the outcomes you have to produce in this project.
  • started thinking about what to include in your campaign in favour of protecting the environment.

Watch the video Visit Dublin and try to write down at least 4 of the top 10 places to visit in Dublin.

After having watched the video, try to answer the following questions orally:

  • Do you know any other famous places in Dublin? Do you know the name of any other Irish cities?
  • Have you ever been to Dublin? And to any other European capital cities?
  • Do you remember any of the monuments you visited?
  • Any interesting or favourite landmarks?
  • Do you recommend visiting any of these cities? Why? Why not?

If you want to know more details about the capital of the Republic of Ireland, watch the video.

As you could see, this is a good resource to see places and hear sounds about the city we're going to work on along this project. Which has been more surprising to you? Is there anything that you already knew? Have you chosen your favourite place in Dublin yet?

You can answer and summarize these three questions in a short monologue and you can share it with your classmates or with the rest of the class through Twitter. You can also record the audio and upload it to your personal Learning Diary. 

As you are going to see in a few moments, in each project, you have to design a route of the city with the ten stops it contains. Dublin Castle will be the first place you must include on a Google Site map. Don't forget about it!

Outcomes to produce while in Dublin

At the end of this project, you will have produced the following outcomes:

Task: Each project has a complete different task, with different steps to complete it. In Dublin, you have to produce a multimedia campaign about the environment and environmentally-friendly attitudes and spread it through Twitter. All the steps within this task will be identified thanks to their colour, orange.

Challenge: Along the different projects, there is a challenge which is common to all the projects, with a Google Site, where you have to search for certain information of the different English-speaking cities you are going to visit. The different activities are also going to be distributed in different steps and you are going to have some help to look for and select the information for the collaborative challenge. This is designed to be done in groups of 2/3 students. All the activities within this challenge will be identified thanks to their colour, green. The 'Rubric for assessing the design of a digital site' will be used to evaluate your site.

If you need extra help with this topic, check how to manage a Google site.

Learning Diary: You have to use a blog (wordpress, blogger, edublogs or others), as your learning diary. You will publish the different reflections on the activities you will find throughout the project, the videos of the conversations with your classmates, the reflections on the daily work, all the different tasks, the link to your Google Site challenge, and all the other activities that you will be discovering along the projects. All the activities within this task will be identified by their colour, blue. These activities will be evaluated according to the 'Rubric to assess blog posts'.

If you need extra help with this topic, check how to start a blog

Twitter will be a tool you should use to spread and share your work. Along the project you will be required to publish on Twitter using one (or both) of these hashtags: #taskcampaign and #projectdublin

If you are new in this network, check this link for new users.

After reading the instructions on how to use Twitter, use 'Rubric to assess tweets'  to produce accurate tweets within these projects.

All your work along this unit will be evaluated according to the following rubric. You can use it as a guide and a reference for your work: 'Assessment rubric Dublin'

Your task: A multimedia campaign

Task Step 1: Think about what you have to do.

At the end of this project, you will have been able to publish a multimedia campaign about environmentally-friendly attitudes and how to protect the environment.

By doing so, you will be awarded an accomplishment badge by your teacher, who will be able to create them at the website Class badges and that you will be able to upload to your personal Learning Diary.

But first, you have to think about what to include in your multimedia and brainstorm some answers to these questions:

  • What can I do to protect the environment? 
  • Which type of attitudes can be environmentally friendly? Do you practise any of them?
  • What kind of policies can governments do to protect the environment? 
  • Have you ever planted a tree? Or cleaned the mountain?

Have you already started thinking about what to include in your campaign in favour of the environment? Here you can obtain more information and ideas to think about the content of your campaign. It has to include some positive attitudes to protect the environment and include some environmentally-friendly actions. Let's start getting acquainted with some vocabulary about helping the environment with '50 ways to help the planet'

This could be a great moment to start with your work on Twitter. Make your first posts summarizing the project and introducing Dublin Castle using the hashtag #projectdublin

Let's continue with our visit to Dublin!

Learning diary

Learning Diary. Step 1: Start your blog-portfolio and use it to answer the different questions of the different activities.

One of activities you have to do is a "Learning Diary". You can do it by opening a blog. In this blog, you have to answer, explain reflect on the different proposals you will get through in every project. In this first post, answer the previous questions about the environment and share the link of your post through Twitter using the hashtags of the project: #projectdublin and #taskcampaign.

If you have already opened up a blog in another project, just add these reflections in another page. Remember that creativity is going to be really important in developing the project. 

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