Internet offers a new and exciting way for students to learn the
core curriculum while integrating technology into their daily learning
Brian Bartlett, Elementary School Teacher, Yucaipa-Calimesa
enthusiasm for Camp Internet stems from a long association with
instructional design. Camp Internet is an example of the application
of literacy skills, that encompasses all of the disciplines, making
teachers' and students' work public. Students approach the weekly
chats and lessons, the informative links, and the Campwide Family
Nights with enthusiasm. Once they understand the process, they are
self-directed, giving the teacher the opportunity to monitor progress
and encourage results.
Carmela Gomes, Los Angeles Unified Teacher
all Joseph talked about when he got home were the projects he did
with Camp Internet." Parent of one of my 4th graders. Camp
Internet helps me make a difference with my students. The activities
provide the best way to use technology - from the online chats with
experts to access to safe web sites. Camp Internet not only provides
the fourth grade teacher an easy way of supplementing the history/social
science curriculum, but also gives the student a fun way of learning.
Uncovering the answers in the "digs" excites all my students.
It is so gratifying to see the joy on my students' faces.
Janet Gallatin, Desert Sands School District
Internet is a wonderful tool for the thematic teacher. Through this
innovative technology I have been able to teach the past history,
the present situations, and the future concerns of California as
a fourth grade teacher. My students have enjoyed being challenged
and have benefited from this on-line experience as they entered
chat rooms with scientists, participated in digs, and researched
the Camp site for answers to their lessons. I highly recommend Camp
Internet for all upper grade students!
Jennifer Conley, teacher, San Bernardino City Unified School
selected our 'toughest' period to test the Camp Internet curriculum
on…these are kids that have been designated by our site as 'at risk'…We
have found that camp curriculum has engaged them, and the behavioral
problems this group has a reputation for are almost non-existent…It
is like the difference between night and day with this group…when
comparing their behavior before and after, we started with the Camp
Ken Decroo, Middle School Teacher, Fontana
Internet training with the Channel Islands group has helped to spark
my students "fire within" of curiosity about nature, science,
math, and literature - and - rekindle them in me
Janice Lukenstein, Los Angeles Unified Teachers
just want to tell you how exciting the first expedition has been
for my students and myself. There is no way I can describe to you
how enthusiastic the kids have been about every part of Camp Internet.
I must tell you that I have never seen my students so excited and
anxious to read and answer questions, do research, communicate and
THINK! Though some of my students do not know English and read at
primary levels, they have been engaged in the study, are motivated
to learn and are working with others to participate in the expedition
challenges. I was told today that the board member who attended
last night has made some very positive remarks about the program
and about the attendance of the Hispanic parents."
Joan Ward, Maple Elementary School
children absolutely love Camp Internet's digs and chats and have
improved their reading comprehension as a result of using them."
Helge Ziazie, Los Angeles Unified Teacher
class sure got excited about the chat today. I had a hard time getting
them focused on anything else. (They know what a rich curriculum
is.) I'm surprised how few have been on the Internet before. I had
a parent helper sitting with them on the one computer in our classroom
and it was a moving experience seeing her and a group of four (at
a time) being totally immersed in the chat."
Janice Ross, Lake Arrowhead School
Camp Internet project has been a perfect fit for my instructional
program. My students are identified at-risk in reading/language
arts and one of their greatest needs is learning to read for information
in the content areas of science and history. The wealth of information
provided on the Camp Internet web-site is invaluable for addressing
that need. The activities are geared to a variety of student ages
and levels so there is always some project available that is motivational
as well as educational for my students."
Judy Dennington, San Bernardino School District
a teacher of gifted seveth-grade students, I use Camp Internet to
meet California and national content standards. The Camp's "Internet
Digs" are especially powerful learning tools because they enable
my students to collaborate with peers and experts to investigate
curriculum based problems and issues"
Pat Rynerson, Middle School Teacher, Fontana
Internet is an on-line interactive learning environment serving
students, teachers and parents. Student online learning activities
are designed to allow students to access information using new media
tools and to then turn that information into knowledge by participating
in challenging interactive learning, Students learn to share their
new knowledge by creating GIS Maps, Field Reports and Internet Digs.
Camp Internet bridges the virtual divide with face-to-face learning
experiences in the field. The field trips to the Huntington Library,
Santa Barbara Low Tides Walk, Descanso Gardens, and the Santa Monica
Mountains watershed study area, combined with live demonstrations
and hands on technology activities, help to develop a community
of educators learning to use the internet as a teaching resource.
Parents are also included in the learning environment with on-line
and classroom Family Nights when the whole family is invited to
see students in action. Family Nights on-line provide multi-generational
computer-based activities and family field trips to local or distant
sites involve families in exploring science and history together
and then sharing those experiences on-line in a family chat room."
Vernita Mason, Los Angeles Unified Teacher, Middle School
excited about incorporating Camp Internet into my curriculum by
having the students involved in observing local weather conditions,
charting and gathering data of interesting things around campus
and the community with the GPS, and a whole lot more!" Dave Ceasar,
Los Angeles Unified Teacher,
is my second year participating in Camp Internet with my fifth grade
class at Roosevelt Elementary School in San Bernardino City Unified.
It is an excellent, cutting edge program for understanding and using
technology effectively in a classroom for both the teacher and the
students typically spend about an hour a week online working on
the camp digs, scavenger hunt type web quests. We also join live,
online chats with experts whenever possible. Some students have
logged on at home. I have hosted a 5:00 program for parents and
students not on line at home to come in and participate.
Camp has encouraged writing contests and reading contests that we
have participated in as well. My Camp Internet training has included
much beyond basic computer skills. I have learned about developing
a web site, posting online chat room entries, reports, and pictures.
This year we were also given a GPS unit that I have shared with
my students and many others at science camp and on field trips.
and supplies for teacher and student learning are all included.
The Camp Internet program is highly motivating bringing students
great success. I highly recommend it." Pamela Shetler, San Bernardino