Description

Overview

This WebQuest focuses on communities of faith in Ireland, an element of Section A of the Junior Certificate Religious Education course. In particular it looks at the faith communities of the Church of Ireland, the Orthodox Church and the Holy Faith Sisters. Links for other communities of faith are on the site to enhance the choices available to teachers. Pupils work in groups researching one particular community of faith and present their findings on a PowerPoint slideshow to their peers.

Other suggested follow up activities include an e-correspondence between the class members and a representative of one of the communities of faith. This WebQuest and PowerPoint shows will take 4-5 40 minute periods.

The benefit of using ICT for this unit is that it puts the learner in direct contact with the unedited voices of these communities of faith. In researching for the PowerPoint shows students become both researchers and editors, their creative abilities are enhanced by the use of the technology.

What You Need

Live internet access – Minimum of 5-6 computers.

This project has been designed for group work. It has been used successfully with groups of four students, each pair sharing one computer

Class time required: 4-5 single lesson periods with 1 for follow up work – Ideally the use of a data-projector – Microsoft PowerPoint – 1st-3rd year students taking couse

Curriculum Addressed

This WebQuest accompanies the new Junior Certificate Religious Education Syllabus, section A part 3, communities of faith, objectives 1 and 2. According to the document, the following are the desired outcomes.

As a result of studying this section students should: – be able to name the churches and religious groups found in Ireland today – have an understanding of how two of these communities express their vision and commitment and of the variety of roles within each community at local and national levels

Objectives

Links for other communities of faith are on the site to enhance the choices available to teachers. Pupils work in groups researching one particular community of faith and present their findings on a PowerPoint slideshow to their peers.

Other suggested follow up activities include an e-correspondence between the class members and a representative of one of the communities of faith.

 

Author: Fiona Williams
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