Grades two and three have used some of their technology time to make pocket-sized vocabulary "books" for Spanish class. Using PowerPoint, Google Translate, and Google Images, the kids created slideshows that featured photos of different animals, captioned with their Spanish names. When they were finished, they printed them out and stapled them together. They loved this project, and Mrs. Rowe was thrilled to have another teaching aide, this one created by the students themselves. I enjoyed this project for many reasons: it's cross-curricular; it emphasizes the very real "21st-century skill" of using the internet to bridge language gaps; and the kids were SO eager to work on it.
So too have the fourth and fifth graders been eager to complete work in the computer lab. In computer science, they have been using coordinate planes to code different parabolic designs. I can't get them to stop or slow down, though, admittedly, I haven't tried too hard; this project is fantastic because it 1) helps students develop comfort with coordinate planes, 2) demonstrates the tenets of parabolas and curves in general, and 3) encourages artistic thought and action.