25 Activities for the One Computer Classroom
Prepared by Karen Cole
Instructional Technology Services

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Produce a class newsletter. Have everyone contribute an article or idea.
  5. Create a table organizing planetary information.
  6. Track investments and gather data on gains and losses in stock performance using a spreadsheet.
  7. Create a classroom book review database.
  8. Run in place for 2 minutes. Collect data on your heart rate in one-minute intervals to graph your recovery rate.
  9. 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.
  10. Divide students into groups of three. Have them brainstorm a topic and organize their thoughts using software such as Inspiration.
  11. Have students use draw tools in Word to create mind maps about causes of the American Revolution,
  12. Create a travel brochure on a country using Word or Publisher.
  13. Create a PowerPoint presentation on your favorite career.
  14. E-mail an expert about how the flu mutates. Try www.askanexpert.com to find an expert in any subject area.
  15. 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.
  16. Write 30 sentences using Word. Allow each student to select one sentence and highlight adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs in different colors.
  17. Have a student keep a class journal on the computer. Anyone who is absent can check what he or she missed the next day.
  18. 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 President’s 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 ??"
  19. 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.
  20. 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/.
  21. 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.
  22. Explore the history of Groundhog’s Day at http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us/curr/internet/curriculum/celebrations/ghog.htm.
  23. Compare grocery prices around the world by participating in the Global Grocery List project. Go to http://landmark-project.com/ggl.html.
  24. Create a newspaper about a historical event using Word or Publisher.
  25. 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.