10 Creative Project Ideas to Start the School Year

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Episode #141: 10 Creative Project Ideas to Start the School Year

Welcome back to GotTechED the podcast this is Episode 141 called “10 Creative Project Ideas to Start the School Year”. In this episode, we’ll share 10 refreshing project ideas for the start of school that will actually get your students excited about completing them. This is another episode you don’t want to miss, check it out.

Segment 1: Updates

  • Happy 4th of July
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Segment 2: Project ideas that can fit in with summer assignments and opening day activities.

Summer assignments – general opinions?


  • Keep it light – let kids have a summer
  • Be creative
  • Allow choice
  • Accessible for all


  1. Visit a museum or gallery.  Use cell phones to record a review of X pieces.  Edit them into a cohesive documentary style video using WeVideo or other video editor.
  2. Make the world a better place.  Write a story about it using Book Creator.
  3. Interview a professional.  Record the audio and make a podcast.  Check out our student podcasting guide for lots of great tools for this.
  4. Write a movie review.  Create a movie poster style version of the review in Canva.
  5. Attend a conference and create a timeline of your visit using time.graphics
  6. Go on a hike and collect/catalog X number of items.  Plant life, animal life, etc.
  7. Participate in the Getty Challenge.  Recreating  your favorite works of art from home using household items.
  8. Curate a virtual exhibit in Google Slides. Check out this great example from Framingham Middle School.
  9. Write a children’s book.
  10. Adventure Challenge.  Create a community-based scavenger hunt at local parks/libraries.  QR code centered.

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