Could you tell me how you would ask students about what is new in their lives or in the world (been to the cinema, visited any exhibitin, etc.)?
Would you say: What´s new? or What´s up?
There are a few ways how to ask this:
Have you got any news?
Has anything new been going on recently?
What have you been up to recently? (this is what I use the most)
Have you done anything interesting recently?
Hope this helps