Here's my random project idea of the week!
Project for Studying Biography (or character study)at any school age level:
what would social networking for your person or character look like?
If your person was on Facebook or MySpace:
Who would be on his/her friends' list?
What might be posted on his/her wall?
What causes might she/he be a fan of?
What would their profile information look like?
You can provide a template with specific requirements or have them design their own visual (not set up a bogus account!).
For older students, you could create a Ning network for your class and within that network, students could create homepages and blogs for specific characters in a novel.
The ideas become endless and contextualized for the 21st Century learner!!! Oooh, wish I had my own class again now! :)