One of the best things I saw at the European Laptop Institute 2010 (Twitter hash tag: #eurolap10) was John Davitt's Learning Event Generator. In one of John's sessions he actually used it to get the participants involved. You can check out the Learning Event Generator here, but the basic point is to get students demonstrating their learning in non-traditional ways. Putting students in these situations encourages them to create, collaborate, problem solve and communicate. You get some really crazy permutations which quite possibly will help the learning stick even better. Here are a few examples:
DO how a light works AS a blues song
DO what we know about the brain AS a dot to dot activity
DO what the Magna Carta meant AS a mini opera
My group had "DO how a periscope works AS an animation." We had fifteen minutes and we came up with the video below. I enjoyed being involved in a creative group process, but more importantly the process made the learning stick - it has been four days since the conference and I'm still thinking about the Learning Event Generator.