So how can technology help with that?
Enter Google Trends (trends.google.com). Scrolling down the page shows you what the population is searching for and will even break the data down into regional interests.
Once you find a search term to explore, clicking it reveals related search items along with news articles that may be great for prompting lessons or discussions in the classroom.
Perhaps this quick, relatively unknown resource from Google, will help you see what topics may engage your kids in learning. As we know, sometimes engagement is half the battle!