Each of the activities below can be used by teachers for their classes, but imagine how much more powerful they might be if students worked on these as class projects, under a teacher's direction. There are substantial opportunities for classroom creativity, student ownership, and integrating technology into the curriculum.

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Word Processing (with graphics and draw tools)

1.

Compose a story/news article/book review and illustrate it with clip art or graphics

2.

Expand vocabulary within any written work using the thesaurus in your word processing application

3.

Create a resume for any famous person in history

4.

Compare and contrast any two (or more) things using a Venn diagram

5.

Plan steps or activities with a concept web or map—or use special software designed for this purpose

6.

Devise a character comparison chart in table format

7.

Use a table to generate timelines for projects or to record historical events

8.

Design a postcard highlighting your school, local community, or Ohio (for the bicentennial!)

9.

Publish a class or grade "newspaper" or student-produced newsletter or flyer

   
Spreadsheets and Databases
10.

Document progress for a unit or an activity in your class

11.

Take a survey and chart the results

12.

Collect information about define the differences graphically—the heights of the tallest roller coasters

13.

Make a "real world" budget to learn about income, purchasing, and consumer science

14.

Do a "reality check" for a "dream car" or "dream house" by calculating payments with varied interest rates

15.

Strategize for a fund-raiser by working with supply, demand, and price

16.

Build a class "contact list" for homework help and information sharing

17.

Keep an updated inventory of class materials and resources

18.

Measure and record data to show cumulative results—"Hands Across the Class" or a "Dance-a-Thon"

   

Internet

19.

Go on an Internet Scavenger Hunt

20.

Explore places you could never visit through streaming video

21.

Investigate any situation through a WebQuest—created by someone else or you can create your own

22.

Track data—the weather over time, or in different places, or changes in the Stock Market

23.

Start the day or week with "Current Events," even in a content area, from major news sources

24.

Watch or join an adventure online

25.

Contribute to a research team—student data contributions and tracking are used for many projects

26.

Research what happened the day you were born

27.

Play a role in an online simulation—there is even a United Nations simulation for Middle School

28.

Test your knowledge with daily quizzes—the National Geography Bee posts new questions daily

29.

Become a "Jason Project" member

30.

Follow the Iditarod

   

Email

31.

Ask an expert or an author for his or her opinion or insight on a topic you are studying

32.

Become an "e-pal" to someone anywhere in the world

33.

Contact your Congressional Representative, Senators, or state officials with your concerns or questions

34.

Share your expertise or opinion, or post a question on a message board

35.

Initiate a friendly competition in reading or physical fitness activities with another class or school and share results

   

Presentation Software

36.

Pull group work together in a class presentation with each group having a few slides in a presentation

37.

Compile information into a common format—"Math Formulas We Use" created by and for students

38.

Record "class info and rules" for new student orientation

39.

Make a digital "memory book" for the year

 

 

Digital Camera
40.

Capture the moment—class presentations, field trips, or activities!

41.

Provide supporting "evidence" in a project or report

   

Digital Video

42.

Document processes for use and review—lab equipment and procedures

43.

Record a class project or event, such as a field trip or guest speaker, for further learning activities

44.

Create a "newscast" of some event—current or historical—students presenting the information

   

Web Page

45.

Design a web page or site to direct students’ learning activities in a class or for a project

46.

Upload a page with results of students’ work—art, maps, or even digital presentations

47.

Share the results of student investigations by posting results on the Web

48.

Use web page creation software to create a portfolio on a CD-ROM

   

Videoconferencing

49.

Converse and collaborate with another class on a project

50.

Take a course, in real time, from an instructor and with other students at various locations

 



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