Campwide Briefings

Campwide Briefing September 23-27

We hope you are getting settled into the new school year and are ready to start some fun Camp Internet learning projects - Monday is Fall Equinox and officially begins the Fall Season and there are many enriching Camp Internet projects to enjoy. 

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.

SEPTEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS - TWO NEW GROUP PROJECTS are ready 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.

 

  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. This event is open until October 3rd and then changes subject theme to Animal Sightings. Room for postings is at http://chat.rain.org/cgi-bin/nph-gis-fr .

 

MORE STUDENT VOICES WANTED  You continue to be  welcome to post poems and stories in the WORLD PEACE POEM PROJECT through September 30th in the Campwide Field Report room at http://chat.rain.org/cgi-bin/nph-camp-fr  All poems posted by September 20th will be printed and presented to the peacekeepers meeting in Santa Barbara on September 23rd – your student’s ideas WILL be heard! We had guests from Hong Kong and 3 states log in on the 11th so there are posting en Espanol and English from Hong Kong to date.

Planning Ahead – Your First FAMILY NIGHT – October 24th

One of the most valuable activities a Camp Outpost classroom can do each year is open their classroom for a Family Night. Teachers, we invite you to plan ahead for which Family Night sessions you can co-host by making online computers available to your students and their families – in your classroom, at your computer lab, or even at a local public library.

The FIRST FAMILY NIGHT of the year will be a Family Video Night and is scheduled for October 24th . You are welcome to select any educational video to show to your families, but before the film begins, we will ask everyone attending to post an introduction about themselves, the title of the film they will be watching, and two questions they hope to answer by the end of the film. Each teacher then needs to prepare a set of six or more questions each film viewer can select from and provide it as a hand out to your attendees. When the film is over, bring them back online and have them answer the questions.

We suggest starting the film as early as possible to ensure follow-up time online. And we have a list of suggested films – or- if you purchased a Camp supply pack, then you may have a video already. We ask that the films relate in some way to the Expedition track your class will be studying for the school year.

If that October date can not work for you, there are other options. You can loan a video out to families on a rotation basis and send the list of questions home to be filled out and brought back. You can then post on their behalf online. Or, you can select another night and we will open the online event room for you for a private session. A third option is to select a PBS, Discovery or History Channel show related to your Expedition and use that for the Family Viewing feature, sending home a list of questions as above.