Allow students to alternate one at a time
to enter pertinent data. Use a "computer baton" for students to pass
from one to the other as they take turns at the computer. In a
self-contained classroom, data entry can usually be done in one day.
In a departmentalized classroom, it may take more than one day for
all students to enter data.
Teach any necessary computer skills to a small group of "student tutors." Rely on these helpers to answer questions about the project. Don't use the same group of helpers every time.
- Create a database of student ideas - facts on a given topic, prediction of a story end, story starters, characters in a story, class book reviews, etc.
- Create a class autobiography book. (All About Me)
- Create lots of lists - each student adds an idea for discussion. (Inspiration is great for this!)
- Collect student sentences for discussion.
- Create a spreadsheet of student opinions or facts to graph and discuss. (favorite ice cream flavor)
- Produce a class slide show.
- Add birthday events to a complete an historical time line.
- Search for answers to class questions .
- Join a collaborative project.
- Collect information to contribute to a class multicultural calendar.
- Get quick information for an ongoing project - historical events, weather, current events, currency exchange rate, or the latest earthquake.
- Keep data entry time short on this type of project.
- Prepare database or spreadsheet format for the students or have one student prepare for rest of class.
- Use a "step sheet" to facilitate data entry.