Have you ever played around with TuvaLabs? It is an awesome source of real data that students (and adults) can get lost in. We are currently trying it with a few teachers in our district as a way to help increase data literacy with our secondary students. Check it out! [I don't work for them, but love their product :) ]
YES!!! This is so needed in our schools. The way we compartmentalize learning--even from the physical layout of the building (math wing, science room, etc.) sends a message to kids that learning is done in isolation and this is so not true. I would love for this type of cross-curricular conversation to happen more regularly at secondary campuses.
What a great way to get students writing about meaningful topics from their voice. Could we collaborate with ELA teachers to include the type of writing they are currently using in class (ie. persuasive, expository, etc.)?