Lisanne O'Loughlin

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Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Myself and my Family (History)
Classes catered for:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Book Virtual Visit


Dig it Kids have five different virtual class topics for you to pick from; each topic comprises a 20 min videos which includes quizzes. The online class follows with making age appropriate historical craft (guided step by step) and some great storytelling to deepen the learning.

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Virtual school visits

Classes: 1st - 5th

What are family crests all about? What do the symbols represent? Children will design and make their own knights shields, representing values which are important to them. Children will hear an exciting knight’s tale – which children can vigorously participate in.

Classes: 5th - 6th

The Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland comes alive with a class on making a model of Kilkenny Castle, and hearing about the defensive features of the castle that made them virtually impregnable. The children can have fun planning an attack, posing their plan to the Dig it Kids team, who will tell them if they are likely to survive such an assault. Each child will be guided in making their own model of the castle, step by step. For eager craft classes, we have an optional further step to elaborate the castle to a more ancient time.

Classes: 1st - 6th

Learn the backstory the beautiful Celtic illuminated Kells manuscript, and St Columba. In this art class children learn new art techniques step by step and create their own illustrated Celtic art styled initial letter. An original story will bring to life the story of how the Irish monasteries saved the abundant body of Irish Myths and Legends.

Classes: 2nd - 6th

In Early Christian times monasteries flourished throughout the county. This programme will peek into life in the monastery. Children will make models of a round tower and learn the engineering skills behind these remarkable structures. An engaging story reveals how the monks played an important role in spreading literacy.

Classes: 3rd - 6th

The Irish landscape has the remains of over 45,000 ringforts. This virtual class uncover the secrets of everyday life in a ringfort. Each child will make a model of a stone ringfort and enjoy a story of the life of a young girl who grew up to become a great leader.

Stage 1: Pre-recorded video (20-30 mins)

The video presents the subject topic using fun and engaging facts, interactive quizzes for children to answer, and opportunities for lesson expansion including discussion, and local research.

Stage 2: Virtual online class session (c. 1 hour)

During this class, each child will be led step by step to make their own models/art. This craft is tailored to be suitable to the class level. The children will enjoy a historical story and discover the secrets of what life was like in the past. The Dig it Kids team have a contagious love of archaeology so the children have lots of opportunity to ask questions and will gain important insights into life in Ireland in the past and connect this knowledge to real world visits to local ancient monuments.

Resources to be provided

The virtual sessions are made simple by the effective Dig it Kids team, who will lead the session and provide ample opportunity for engagement by the children. To supplement the pre-recorded video, FAQ worksheets and a relevant further topic information sheet will be supplied through the teacher resource pack. Straight-forward craft instructions with images will be given in advance to the teacher so that they will be able to assist the children in making the craft during the live virtual session.

List of materials classes will need (if appropriate)

A comprehensive list of required materials required to make the craft will be given in advance to the school / teachers so they can prepare for the activity. Craft materials are standard stationary items such as coloured pencils, and glue. Templates for the craft will be given in A4 format so that they can be printed out in advance.

Where possible Lisanne will do a preparation Zoom call in advance of the virtual visit in order to test technical set-up, discuss the role of the teacher on the day and also to ensure the pre-recorded tutorial and resources have been received. It is also a nice opportunity to meet the teacher and answer any questions that may arise.

You will need the following:

  • Access to internet
  • Laptop with mic and webcam
  • Whiteboard or smartscreen linked to laptop
  • Zoom app downloaded on the laptop and on second portable device (tablet/phone)

Testimonials

  • "They were extremely engaging and held the children's attention excellently, using zoom for these type of activities can be difficult as children miss the physical presence and engagement from a visiting person, but this webinar was brilliant and held their focus which for a 6th class can be tricky." - St. Edwards, Sligo
  • "Lisanne and Steve were excellent. The pupils really engaged in all aspects of the call and loved every minute of it. They surprised themselves with their artistic abilities after being guided through it so well." - St Tolas NS, Clare
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  • "Highly recommend this lesson to any school" - Kilshanny NS, Clare
  • "Such an interactive lesson. Children were delighted to create their very own ringfort." - Fanore NS, Clare
  • "The resources provided were so simple to use. Lisanne and Steve were very engaging and pitched the content perfectly for the age group. The instructions and use of craft cam made the process of building the castles easy for all students. The children were kept engaged at all times with stories and able to ask questions. The content was not rigid and followed whatever direction the children's questions and interests took it."
  • "The pre recorded video sparked the children's interest. Communication of requirements prior to live session was excellent. The children really enjoyed the zoom and they were guided step by step through their activities in a clear, friendly and fun manner."
  • "Genuinely excellent experience and we will be actively looking to engage with Dig It Kids again in the future."
  • "A very enjoyable visit and the girls learned so much."
  • "Stephen and Lisanne from Dig It Kids know their stuff and know how to make it engaging for pupils. I can only imagine their energy that would come through in a live session as it worked so well over Zoom. Lisanne is great with the technical support to make sure things run smoothly on the day and the 4th Class boys in my class really enjoyed all the history information about Kilkenny Castle and building their models."
  • "The virtual visit with Lisanne and Stephen was excellent. The boys learned a lot about the Normans and were extremely engaged in both the story telling and the make and do."
  • "Really enjoyed the session. Every aspect was very well organised and the speakers had tremendous knowledge and engaged fabulously with the children."
  • "The children loved the workshops with Lisanne and Stephen and learnt a lot about the Celts. They really enjoyed how interactive the workshop was and they have created fabulous Celtic art as a result. All children were thoroughly engaged throughout, which is always a great measure!"
  • "I never did a virtual lesson with the pupils in the class before and they were totally engrossed and engaged from start to finish. The specialists were very professional, helpful with technical support, knowledgeable in the topic of Celtic art in Medieval Ireland, and great fun!"
  • "Clear crafting camera made it easy for boys to see what to do. Also the technology check previous to the day allowed me to focus on what to photocopy on card and what to have prepared."
  • "The resources provided were so simple to use. Lisanne and Steve were very engaging and pitched the content perfectly for the age group. The instructions and use of craft cam made the process of building the castles easy for all students. The children were kept engaged at all times with stories and able to ask questions. The content was not rigid and followed whatever direction the children's questions and interests took it."
  • "The specialists were very clued into the children's ages and abilities and were able to pitch the lessons appropriately."
  • "Both the live and virtual video sessions were fantastic. Lisanne and Stephen engaged beautifully with the children."
  • "Pupils really engaged and it was just like having a visitor in class. Presenters were enthusiastic and interesting."
  • "Presenters worked so well together, seamless transitions from one part of the activity to the next, great rapport with the pupils, good pace to the lesson."
  • "It grabbed the children's attention and ignited their curiosity. The tutors paced the live session to match the pupils progress with the practical activity and were also entertaining in their delivery."
  • "Great engagement with the children, even in difficult circumstances of virtual lesson and bad connection issues. Made topic relevant to all age groups."
  • "The pre-recorded video sparked the children's interest. Communication of requirements prior to live session was excellent. The children really enjoyed the Zoom and they were guided step by step through their activities in a clear, friendly and fun manner"
  • "It was really well pitched for the children. They were interested and engaged throughout the session. They all really enjoyed it. The presenters were excellent."
  • "The children really enjoyed the sessions, it was something different for them to enjoy and participate in, especially given the many limitations there are in schools at the moment. Lisanne and Stephen were fantastic, so encouraging and engaging."
  • "I was so impressed by the Celtic art lesson provided by heritage in schools. The class got so much out of it. They were engaged throughout the video and art lesson and were delighted to have learnt so much in such a fun way"
  • "Every class should avail of this workshop. the hosts are very engaging and the session is very hands on and practical. the children were 100% focused and engaged and very proud of their finished art work."
  • "Lisanne and Steve taught my third class about oak galls and The Stone Age. This enthusiastic pair immersed the children in hands-on inquiry learning and provided us with exceptional learning experiences. I can only use superlatives for what they do in the workshops. They are organised, clear and in tune with the children. They engaged the children in critical thinking and inquiry learning and therefore the children gained the maximum from the workshops."
  • "Really excellent, very enthusiastic and excited. Really enjoyed the lesson. Good use of group work - lots of hands on activities. Lots of adult support and assistance for session."
  • "The children learned lots from the visit and from the resources. It was entertaining and interactive and very child centred." - Doonaha National School, Co Clare
  • "Very enjoyable presentation - well done!" - Coars NS, Kerry
  • "'Celtic Art' -A most enjoyable and worthwhile experience for the children. This appealed to every pupil and they thoroughly enjoyed and put huge effort into their art pieces." - Lenamore National School
  • "Excellent mix of presentation and concrete tasks which the children enjoyed" - Iniscealtra NS, Clare
  • "Huge thanks to Lisanne and Stephen. We loved it!!" - Derryquay NS, Kerry

Additional Information

  • Provides virtual visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Phone (Work):
087 950 4954
Mobile:
087 950 4954
Email:
loloughlin@digitkids.ie
Website:
www.digitkids.ie