Here are some ideas I have used in my classes or helped others with. If you have other ideas, or suggestions, please feel free to share them with me and I can always post it.
Prezi is a new way of doing a presentation. Much more visual than a powerpoint, with the great feature of zooming in and around from frame to frame, it is exciting to watch. While it has some limitations, it is worth taking the 15 or so minutes to learn it and about teh same length of time to explain to students on its basic uses. It is web-based, so no need to worry about lost USB keys or the like, and it is easy to use. Well worth considering as an alternative to the bristol board or powerpoint presentations, and its free!
Have the students design a webpage in whatever field they are studying. I have done this with various Math topics including Pythagoras, probability, and even number patterns. I once helped a Elementary Cycle 3 teacher with her class in designing a webpage around her theme Oceans. It is a fantastic creative way the students can incorporate technology into any topic, particularly for research projects, that doesn’t take any extra time than other presentation formats.
There are plenty of free website builders and the easiest ones I have found are “bloggers”. One such site that I used alot is Weebly: www.weebly.com
You really don’t need any experience in website building to do this project, the website builder is simply, easy to use and the kids teach themselves. It is all saved online so the students can work at home and no fear of lost USB keys or crashes.
I have attached a sample rubric I have developed for a Pythagoras project. Feel free to use it as you see fit, I just ask for feedback on any project that you do. I will try and find other rubrics I have used for other projects like this too.