The 6th grade is currently working on a "Million Dollar Project." Their task: to (thoughtfully) spend their "inheritance" on education, a home, vehicle, vacation, and charity. They must research and present their budget in a slideshow, where they will incorporate important design elements and embed various features such as video.
The 5th grade is using lab time to learn about the solar system. Embedded in the science lessons are opportunities to extend Google docs skills (creating links, inserting images, tables, bullets, etc.).
The 4th grade is learning about ancient civilizations of the Americas. They started with an exploration of the field of archaeology, followed by a study of the history of human evolution. They are now on to the Beringian land bridge theory. The curriculum is presented via the new Google sites platform, which they are learning how to navigate. There are many tech skills incorporated in this unit, from how to navigate a website to how to copy a view-only google doc. Hopefully, they'll create their own Google site in the not-too-distant future!
All upper-grade students are learning about digital citizenship. The most current lesson, done with the 6th grade, is about protecting your identity and distinguishing between legitimate and fraudulent digital content (phishing, etc.). This proved to be a surprisingly engaging topic!
Some students are working on a podcast to submit to NPR's Student Podcast Challenge. More on that to come.