There was a posting on a ListServe I follow about a Kentucky school, Charles Russell Elementary winning the 2011 ThinkQuest Projects Event: 1st Place 12 and Under division. I had never heard of ThinkQuest before so I thought I would check out the website. In a nutshell, students create online learning environments (webpages). “This exciting competition challenges students to apply their critical thinking, communication, and technology skills to a real-world problem. Teams research, develop, and test their solution before presenting it to a global audience.” (from ThinkQuest site)
Most schools in my district have some type of student technology club/group. The schools that I am aware of seem to struggle every year to engage students in worthwhile activities. It is not because the sponsors and students are not willing to participate, I think most are not aware of the real-world applications available to them. ThinkQuest seems like a great project for these students. Not only will they be using the latest technology to design their project, the project will also enhance the school curriculum.