Student Bulletin Boards
Creating crossword puzzles out of several words can be done on computer to help create this display. The following website helps teachers and students create a crossoword puzzle: Puzzlemaker
In a computer lab, bulletin boards which can be designed on programs such as Printshop or Publisher can be made by your students as a monthly or weekly project. Have them come up with interesting ideas for the computer classroom and splurge on colored ink for their photos and slogans. Let them know how they will be graded on the project eg. Most color, creativity, balance, best theme, or wittiest title. Even things such as printing optical illusions, avatars from game websites, or latest technology, on the board can generate enthusiasm for the project.
Computers with webcams such as IMacs take pictures of students and can easily change them to show popart, or other artistic styles of photos. Photoediting can be done on other programs to change faces and add them to a different body. Each student can create an image of themself for the "Star of The Week" Theme. Your main message on the bulletin board at the beginning of the year could be: Get Ready To be A Star". Curtains, spotlights, stars and director's chairs can be added to this theme in the lab, if you have room.
Bulletin Boards in the computer room can and should be very dynamic. They can be made by a computer or created out of the usual bulletin board lettering and borders. Since it is very easy to obtain images, design lettering and create banners, a computer can be used for designing the display. Color can be added later to lettering if no color printer is available. Color can be used in the background as well. Since the computer engages the students itself, the bulletin board has to be well thought out, large and enticing, to be used effectively in a computer class.