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Creative Arts & Dissolving Boundaries Project
Start date: Dec 31, 2004, End date: Dec 30, 2008 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Cross Border Digital Creativity Project was a collaboration between the NEELB and Monaghan Education Centre and during the first phase, over 360 pupils were trained in the use of multi camera television production made possible through ‘The Truck’, a complete outside broadcast vehicle owned by the NEELB and funded through the INTERREG IIIA programme. The success of this two year training project led to additional funding from INTERREG which allowed the team to offer a programme forteachers and pupils again and upgrade the Truck’s facilities.During the second phase of the project the team worked with 40 pupils from the Monaghan area to produce five programmes based on primary level CPD for teachers. The main thrust however was the multitrack audio production training of a small number of teachers in eight schools; four from the North and four from the South. The two courses run in Monaghan and Magherafelt concentrated on the educational uses of such technologies across the curriculum. Each school had the necessary equipment installed as part of the project and further training will be made available in the new school year.The training was divided into ‘hands on’ sessions and time to explore possible uses of the equipment back in school. These included music recordings, radio production, radio drama etc. The portable nature of the equipment added to a number of activities that could be recorded. Phase two also saw the development of ‘The Truck’ with major work being carried out, including the removal of the truck body from its original 7.5 tonne chassis to a new 12.5 tonne chassis allowing a new air conditioning unit to be fitted and more production equipment to be fitted including a slow motion system, new recording facilities and enhanced production capabilities. These improvements will greatly increase the production and training capabilities offered through the vehicle.Cross Border collaboration has been pivotal during this project and a strong working relationship has developed between the NEELB and Monaghan Education Centre. A group of fifteen educational decision makers from all over Europe commented after viewing the Truck, that this was a perfect model for the development of Digital Creativity to a wide audience and one they would be keen to introduce back in their home countries.
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