You and your students have probably heard of Windows Live the new interactive home page from Microsoft. One of the great things about Windows Live is that you can add all sorts of Gadgets to do interesting things. There is a web site where you can find gadgets that others have written already. Some of them are very cool and useful. They are interesting examples of what can be done.
This project way also be just the thing if you have students who are doing a lot on their own but who are looking for something a little bit different from what they have done so far.