As much as I like to complain, today I have some glee. Glee in the form of mobiles.
Remember these colorful fits of joy? These wobbly sunbeam distractions hanging from the ceiling of your classroom? Ah, yes. Mobiles.
Maybe I am a bit more old skool than I ever thought. I mean, they don't really translate into any sort of "real life" situation. There's no "group work," or even much technology incorporated into the project. I've gotten a few neurotic emails about them ("Can I bring it to you before school?" and "Exactly how many objects need to hang from my hanger?"), and a couple of kids have typed their important information. But for the most part, there really is nothing modern to be concerned with.
Just a coat hanger, some string, and crap around the house.
But I can incorporate just about any standard. So don't look at me like I don't got pedagogy!
And the kids love em.