25 Activities for the One Computer Classroom
Prepared by Karen Cole
Instructional Technology Services
- Set the Word of the Day on the screen saver. You can do this with a Math Problem of the
Day or Fact of the Day, too.
- Have a student check the weather forecast using www.weather.com.
Another student can e-mail the school principal the forecast so it can be announced at the
end of school and everyone can dress properly for the next day. Upper level students may
create a spreadsheet containing information on high and low temperatures, precipitation,
barometric pressure, and wind speed. The data can then be graphed for correlations.
- Have a student check the school lunch menu at www.schoolmenu.com.
Categorize all items into proteins, carbohydrates, or fats. Enter the caloric value of
each category everyday into a spreadsheet. Write formulas to determine calories per meal
and for the week.
- Produce a class newsletter. Have everyone contribute an article or idea.
- Create a table organizing planetary information.
- Track investments and gather data on gains and losses in stock performance using a
- Create a classroom book review database.
- Run in place for 2 minutes. Collect data on your heart rate in one-minute intervals to
graph your recovery rate.
- Go to the National Geographic website www.nationalgeographic.com.
Gather information about endangered animals, habitats, etc. Create a database with this
information and print reports.
- Divide students into groups of three. Have them brainstorm a topic and organize their
thoughts using software such as Inspiration.
- Have students use draw tools in Word to create mind maps about causes of the American
- Create a travel brochure on a country using Word or Publisher.
- Create a PowerPoint presentation on your favorite career.
- E-mail an expert about how the flu mutates. Try www.askanexpert.com
to find an expert in any subject area.
- Listen to a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Neville Chamberlain, or Franklin D.
Roosevelt by going to the audio interactive site www.webcorp.com/sounds/index.htm.
- Write 30 sentences using Word. Allow each student to select one sentence and highlight
adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs in different colors.
- Have a student keep a class journal on the computer. Anyone who is absent can check what
he or she missed the next day.
- Share different sites on theme related days. When studying Thomas Jefferson, go to
Monticello by visiting the site at http://www.monticello.org. Listen to the
Presidents State of the Union address at the Real Audio site and then visit the
White House at http://www.whitehouse.gov. This creates the mystique of "Where are we
going today ??"
- Plan an "old fashioned" center. Recently one fifth grade class took a virtual
field trip to Historic Philadelphia days before the actual class trip. This Internet field
trip provided more in-depth interest in the sites and prepared the class for the
experience. The teacher arranged the children in working groups of four with a scavenger
hunt approach on a sheet for problem solving.
- Have individual students complete online tutorials in English, science, social studies,
vocational education, health and physical education, mathematics, business, or foreign
languages by going to http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/.
- Use ready-made thematic units appropriate for the elementary level. These are produced
by Gander Academy. The website is http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/complete.htm.
- Explore the history of Groundhogs Day at http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us/curr/internet/curriculum/celebrations/ghog.htm.
- Compare grocery prices around the world by participating in the Global Grocery List
project. Go to http://landmark-project.com/ggl.html.
- Create a newspaper about a historical event using Word or Publisher.
- Get to know your students at the beginning of the school year with a creative activity.
Have students create a digital stories telling about themselves using PowerPoint.
A special thanks to Carolyn Donelan, Naylene Richardson, Julie Whetston, LaDoris
Walker, Cara Senterfeit and others for contributing.