There's no doubt that some topics in the Computing curriculum can be as dry as dust. But one way to engage pupils might be to have them write a short story. This could be a good way of telling whether a pupil understood a particular concept, of generating some interesting reads for the school website or magazine, and even for collaboration with colleagues.
You could also use this idea to generate some blog content -- either your own blog or your school's.
Just off the top of my head, here are a few suggestions. They all begin with the question, "What if...?"
cross-posted at www.ictineducation.org
Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."