Campwide Briefings

Campwide Briefing October 21-28

UNITED NATIONS DAY – October 24th. Do your students know what the goals of the United Nations are? This year, more than ever since World War II, understanding the role of the UN is increasingly important. Camp Internet is fortunate to have a past Assistant Secretary General of The UN, and the original Chancellor of the UN’s University of Peace in Costa Rica, available to answer student questions. Dr. Robert Muller has worked diligently for World Peace for over 55 years and this Thursday the 24th, on United Nations Day, is being honored with a World Citizenship Award from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Send Questions to Camp Internet’s ‘Peacemaker Trail Guide’   If your student’s have questions they would like to ask Dr. Muller about the work of the UN, about prospects for World Peace, or other related topics, please email the questions to camp@campinternet.net so we can submit them to him. In the subject line, please put For Dr. Muller. Dr. Muller’s books will be going out to the winner’s of the Camp Internet Peace Poem Project this week – Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles and the American School in Hong Kong. Congratulations!

You can learn more about the United Nations at

http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/index.html

And see Dr. Muller’s curriculum and other resources at

http://www.robertmuller.org

The Camp Internet Peace Poem Project is also online as a pdf at

http://www.campinternet.net/peacepoemproject/

THIS WEEK ONLINE with Camp Internet

Keep on writing and submitting your Halloween, Ancestor, and Saints stories. This month we host a writing contest for multi-cultural Halloween, All Souls Day, and All Saints Day celebrations. The Campwide Field Reports Room will be open M-F 8am-3pm for you to post student stories. A spooky (but no gruesome) ghost story ? A loving tribute to a departed relative? Or a story admiring a wonderful Saint ? A book report on one of the above ? Whatever religion your students observe, one of these story assignments will be appropriate. Winning story earns their class a Mark Twain storytellers CD ROM! Room will be open through November 1st.

Family Night Event Ideas Your fellow teachers are planning Family Nights tied into Camp Internet. As a few examples of parent involvement activities this Fall: a school in Los Angeles is planning a Peace Poem Event at a local coffee house and another school in Ontario is planning a Science Night about the Channel Islands.  We will help support your events with online activities so let us know anyway we can help you facilitate online resources for parents. 

SPECIAL EVENTS – THE TWO IMPORTANT GROUP PROJECTS are ready for ALL Campers – we need your input this month!

  1. FIRST - Post your SCHOOL INTRODUCTION (as a class or as individuals) in the FIELD REPORT room for your Expedition track. Menu to select your room from is at http://www.rain.org/campinternet/nfieldreports/  Tell us about your school, your community, your class, and special projects you have planned for the school year. This month we also invite reports on animal sightings on campus – who visits or lives at your school ?
  1. THEN - See the first GPS school project “Where is Your School?” in Field Reports – GIS. There is a form to fill out to enter your site data, and a way to then copy and paste that report into the work room to share your findings with one another. You don’t need to have  GPS as there is an online lat/long calculator. This event will be open all month and will add-in changes Animal Sightings. Room for postings is at http://chat.rain.org/cgi-bin/nph-gis-fr .

SEVEN NEW STORYBOOKS ONLINE TO VISIT!!

Something NEW this month – we invite you to try out the first early reader Storybooks we are piloting. The first completed books are in the Islands section under Chumash History and under Storytelling. They are in English AND Spanish, so try it out and let us know how you think this style and format will work for younger readers, or ESL developing English skills. Send feedback to camp@campinternet.net if you have comments to offer.

You can access the new bi-lingual Storybooks directly at

http://www.rain.org/campinternet/channelhistory/expedition1/unit1B.html

http://www.rain.org/campinternet/channelhistory/stories/

REMEMBER to USE YOUR DIGS – these are excellent content and comprehension exercises that can be made use of every week.

You have DIGS open for student use in Islands, Backcountry, Southwest, America’s Original Promise and GIS – use them any day, M-F, anytime 8am-3pm. These allow students to research one or more questions, post answers – and – teachers can use these as a graded assignment by printing the results each Monday afternoon.