One of the things I liked to do as a teacher was ask the kids to apply today's technology to a completely different context. For instance, how might someone like Oliver Cromwell used the internet?
You can find more ideas like that, and get a better idea of what I'm talking about, from the article Shock tactics: 7 ideas for teaching with technology.
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."