I am about 4 to 5 weeks out from the end of school where I am. The last week of school, we don't do much so I am thinking of running a project that will be cross curricular and should be fun. I was reading the back of a VHS tape and there was a project listed called The Math Trail. The students are to use concepts from the math curriculum and create books of problems based on objects and events in their community. For instance, students might create problems concerning how much heating oil is held in their tank and then write a problem on how much it would cost to fill. Students would be using math and either ibooks author or some other book making publication. They could take pictures of the items, add arrows, etc. They possibly could add a voice over. I am going to spend the next few days working up the parameters on it.
Today I had my 9th graders use their iPads to research how scientific notation is used in real life. They found two real life examples and posted them on the board (smart board). They came up with some really good examples. Some were the speed of light, government debt, size of a virus, size of the space inside a computer chip, a mole etc. The kids needed experience searching for information and they also needed to discover how scientific notation is used in real life.