When I was in school, the worst thing a teacher could say was, "Today we are going to start a project..." And the reason why was because in my mind, projects equal work. And isn't that really the point?
Projects tend to mean no free rides. They are more than show what you know. They are apply what you've learned and demonstrate that you understand. So don't be surprised if your students look a little put out when you get to the project portions of your computer applications lesson plans.
But here's the remarkable part...those unenthusiastic looks often turn into attentive eyes and excited conversations as students begin to realize what they can accomplish with what they've learned. I know I always did the more I got involved in any project I was assigned.
Fun Projects for Your Computer Applications Lesson Plans
Here are some of the projects included in Business&ITCenter21 that you can include in your computer applications lesson plans.
Microsoft Word Skills Project
In this module students select one of four topics and then create a Word document based on that topic. They are given four options: a Cookbook, Favorite TV Shows, Favorite Video/App Games, or Heroes. Students research, draft and revise their documents.
During the revision phase of the project, students can do a peer review. They also organize their document using lists and tables, and enhance it using text boxes and shapes. After all the revisions are complete, a final edit is done before the document is prepared and then published as a PDF. Specifically, the units they complete include:
Research and Draft a Document
Peer Review a Document
Revise, Edit, and Publish a Document
Microsoft Excel Skills Project
In this module, students learn how to use Microsoft Excel through a series of hands on activities. The activities are based around a scenario where students help a local sports club determine their profits for four food stands they operate. This module has four units built around this scenario:
Worksheet Data and Cells
Functions, Formulas, and Tables
Workbooks, Worksheets and Charts
What-If Analysis and Printing
Microsoft PowerPoint Skills Project
In this module students create a PowerPoint presentation from scratch. Students select a topic, define their objectives and start building a presentation. Students will follow a defined process for planning and creating presentations. Along the way they will learn new PowerPoint skills covering areas such as creating outlines, adjusting images, animations and transitions. These are the units they complete:
Start Your Presentation
Build Slides and Format Objects
Animations, Transitions, and Final Review
Do you want to try these three Microsoft Office projects in your computer classroom? Sign up for a trial of Business&ITCenter21:
About Sarah Layton
Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care.