A conversation with contributor, James DeBonis, prompted this idea for a computer lab. Nearly any grade can put out a newspaper, and desktop publishing is the tool to do it with. There are many styles and designs to draw from, and the project involves a variety of skills. Where else can you get students to get excited about a project that involves writing, talking to people, drawing, photography, and, basically, running a business? And remember: a newspaper doesn’t have to look as professional as a city daily to be good.
For a more modern twist, consider setting up a classroom blog using a service like WordPress or Blogger. Students and parents alike can “subscribe” and receive email notifications when you post updates.