I tried out this activity this afternoon as a way of introducing students to a vocabulary bank they will need to maintain.
The students were divided into groups, with each group given a vocabulary item from the bank. They had to enter the item into Google News Search and note down at least 3 different collocations/uses. They then presented their findings to the class.
It was good to see students highlighting that certain collocations are more common than others: something they could only really have picked up by looking at numerous authentic examples.