My students just finished their weather and war project. They worked in groups of three to create a visual presentation about how weather affects war. Each student had one of the following roles: mapmaker, weapons researcher, and weather reporter. I loved bringing in two guest speakers. The kids especially enjoyed learning about the Vietnam War. I allowed the students to choose how they presented their information. Some chose SmartNotebook and others chose PowerPoint. I was surprised that no one chose PhotoStory. I had one group that added music from the era the war occurred and just did an outstanding job. I asked to keep their presentation!
The next time I do this project I will require them to connect with students in the countries that we were researching to gather some of their information. It would be neat if both classrooms of students could create one presentation through a wiki or some other means! My students would benefit from cooperating with students from different cultures.
I had also thought about interviewing veterans through social networking. Does anyone have any other ideas about incorporating technology?