Students have a keen sense of what experiences are relevant to their futures. Here are some real-world projects that engage students on many different levels:
What are these projects about? That's up to you and your students. Topics should tie-into your curriculum. Infusing technology-rich project work is an excellent way to engage students and meet curricular requirements. A few examples: Democracy around the World, Literary Geniuses, A Thirsty Planet, The World According to Numbers. The possibilities are limitless.
A well-documented key to success is the involvement of students in planning, anticipating and solving problems, and executing all aspects of the project. A good way to start is to take a critical look at models. Ask your students to write down the qualities that make the model interesting and compelling-as well as shortcomings. Students can then create a plan on how to achieve similar excellence from their own starting point.
DiscussionWhat types of projects do your students like the most? Is there a correlation between interest and achievement?