is one of the oldest online learning centers in the United States. Teaching and
Learning take place throughout the year in an online environment that has been
successfully used by
over 22,000 4th-12th grade students.
Working with a project and
activity centered framework, Camp curriculum leverages technology as a springboard which encourages
online, classroom, and real-world, hands-on learning experiences
that integrate knowledge at the body and mind levels.
In a nutshell,
Camp Internet provides stimulating online content, but not as an
end in itself – the content / curriculum is used as a tool for students
working on classroom and real world, hands on projects.
Bring the Real World into the Classroom – and the
Classroom out into
the Real World with Technology’.
three main activities which are always happening within Camp
First, teachers select specific Camp Internet online resources
to focus student attention. They then select from motivating
assignments that require students to read, research, write and
communicate online using Camp Internet’s self-contained history,
social studies, art, literature and science tools. Students
gain familiarity with using the Internet to search and locate
original sources materials and to read E- books and excerpts
from never-before-on-the-Internet first edition and rare books.
They learn to navigate GIS maps, to participate in interactive
chat sessions with teachers, and are given an opportunity to become responsible,
productive participants in an online learning community.
FIELD STUDY and RESEARCH PROJECTS
Second, teachers select a field or research project that they
can do in their classroom or library, on the schools grounds
or in the school garden, out in the local community, or on a
special thematic field trip. Students are challenged to identify
a specific research or project goal, to record their work and
observations, experiences, and findings based on astute observations
and research work. They then compile a FIELD REPORT that will
create a measurable outcome reflecting the hands-on component
of their Camp Internet activities.
STUDENT ONLINE SHOWCASE
Third, teachers and students come online to publish their research
findings or hands-on projects that tie into their original online
study projects. In these online student showcases, a student
may publish an essay, a book report, a poem, an artwork, a science
experiment finding, a field trip discovery, a school ground
GPS study, a garden harvest report, or other project-based learning
experience. At Camp Internet, students are not merely ‘passive’
readers of online content – they are challenged to create their
own content, to be become active and responsible contributors
to an interactive learning community.
is a new way to teach and to learn and it yields exciting and measurable
results. We invite you to come online and see the student projects,
visit the teacher training outcomes, and see how technology enhances
our understanding of the world around us.
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