Campwide Briefings

Briefing October 28 – November 1

THIS WEEK ONLINE with Camp Internet

This is the final week for submitting your Halloween, Ancestor, and Saints stories. We are 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.

UPCOMING EVENT – November is Native American Heritage Month and we are hosting the CAMP INTERNET NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE STUDENT SHOWCASE 2002

Native American Heritage Showcase 2002

Attached is a flyer you are welcome to share with fellow teachers on your campus to invite them to also participate in this online STUDENT SHOWCASE – they do not need to be subscribing Campers. Please help us get the word out about Camp Internet on your campus by printing out this flyer and sharing it with your colleagues. They sill submit their student work as email attachments or on disk. It will then be posted in the Showcase Nov 25th – December 21st for their viewing.

FOR SUBSCRIBING CAMPERS – you will have a live room to post projects in (NOT open to the public) all month long. Any students works – written or photographs of hands-on projects – are welcome for addition to the showcase and will be the premier features of the CAMP INTERNET NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE STUDENT SHOWCASE 2002. The Campers-only room opens on Monday November 4th and remains open for postings until November 22nd. It will then go to permanent Showcase status and have all other student work from non-subscribed classrooms added and open for viewing through Dec 31st.

You can post Native American Studies projects in the Field Reports – Campwide M-F 8am-3pm all month long in November. With students participating from New Mexico, Arizona and California this year, we expect a diversity of projects and perspective, and will also have Native American student work presented about their own peoples. Post in http://chat.rain.org/cgi-bin/nph-camp-fr

IMPORTANT ONGOING EVENTS – TWO IMPORTANT GROUP PROJECTS are OPEN for ALL Campers – we need your input!

  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.