Classroom Campfires:
Don't Do Internet, Do Integrate!
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  • You need matches to start the fire and logs to keep it going
  • Web-Based Resources
Teacher Sparks
  • Good starting points
  • search tools for kids & adults
  • general starting points
  • teacher resource starters
  • Bookmark folders
  • Personal web page
  • What's your teaching area?
  • What do students need to learn?
  • What resources do you already have available?
  • In what areas could you use some additional information, examples, or excitement to build the learning environment?
Selecting Sparks
Pick 1 OR Pick 4 assure 3 resources
varied perspectives
multiple sources
varied channels
Consider the needs & interests
Your Mission: Go to the Subject Area Sparks
  • Consider grade level, entry skills, reading ability
  • Bookmark (or favorite) a site for easy reference.
  • What's the purpose of your campfire?
  • Is it for warmth, to cook food, or simply for fun?
  • Question: Why are we making this campfire?
Learning Outcome
  • Draw students into web resources:
  • solve a problem
  • address an issue
  • answer a question
Learning Outcome
  • Identify a specific learning outcome.
  • What do you want your students to be able to do or talk about at the end of the activity?
  • It's not about Internet, the specific website, or even the subject area.
  • It's about learning a skill, acquiring a concept, or solving a problem that will transfer to other learning experiences down the road.
  • When identifying outcomes consider: cognitive, social, affective, kinetic, metacognitive areas.
Your Mission: Go to the Active Alternatives page.
  • Not: state, list, describe
  • Focus on higher-level, thought-provoking activities.
  • Share your active words and learning outcome with a peer.
  • Embers are the hot, glowing remains of a fire. It's the time to put on the fry pan, roast the hot dogs, and make s'mores.
  • Don't just watch the fire, use it!
  • Engaging Learners
  • Don't just read information off the Internet, use it!
  • Consider:
  • How you will activate the learning environment?
  • How will you engage students and keep them excited about learning?
  • Student with an overview
  • Provide background information
  • Draw student interest
  • picture or cartoon, quotation
  • statistic or problem
  • Hook your students
  • Actively involve students in learning:
  • explore, evaluate, organize, analyze, apply, solve, formulate, create, communicate
  • Let students paddle
Your Mission: Go to the Engaging Embers page.
  • Brainstorm some interesting products that students could create using the information found on the Internet.
Tools: Provide a range of tools
  • Word processing
  • Database
  • Drawing, Painting
  • Spreadsheet
  • Multimedia: audio, video
  • Utilities
Your Mission: Go to the Technology Tools page.
  • Identify those resources that might be available in your school.
  • Give good instructions
  • step-by-step instructions
  • list of requirements
  • examples & nonexamples
  • models & samples
  • Stay flexible!
  • Unlike a tree, you don't have centuries
  • How long will students be working on this project?
  • What's realistic?
  • Give students guidelines
Your Mission
  • Identify an engaging activity and design an project.
Spotlight on Songs
  • Assess Student Learning
  • Spotlight student success.
  • Share a story or sing a song around the campfire.
Why Assess
  • What have your students learned?
  • Assessment isn't about testing and report cards.
  • It's about helping you and your students understand where you've been and where you still need to go to reach your learning outcomes.
Process Assessment
  • It's the walk that matters
Product Assessment
  • It's the view at the end that matters
Your Mission: Go to Student Success
  • Identify ideas for assessing student performance.
  • Brainstorm alternative assessments to match your outcome and activity.
Make Camping Fun!
  • Ideas for Happy Campers!
Keep up to date
  • Find a home
  • Follow "new links" or "best links"
  • mailing list
  • weekly hot list
Match to standards
  • National
  • State
  • Local
Do it regularly
  • Current events
  • This day in history
  • Word of the day
  • Math problem of the week
  • Project of the month
Preselect Sites
  • Don't camp in the dark!
  • Plan ahead and preselect quality websites.
Remember Visuals
  • You remember what you see.
  • Use sites with lots of visual representations.
  • Ask students to create their own visuals.
Chunk Your Project
  • You can't carry a tree, but you can carry chunks of wood.
  • Chunk your project into reasonable pieces.
Make Good Stew
  • Generate excitement!
  • Fun, flexible environment
Authentic projects
  • Real world audiences
Provide Resources
  • A stool needs three legs
  • Provide multiple resources
  • Adapt to change
  • Take time to reflect
  • Allow time for sharing and enjoying your activities
Encourage Uniqueness
  • Let students take their own path
  • Give students flexibility in the assignment
Watch from distance
  • Do demonstrate, guide, suggest, help
  • Don't do it
Don't Lose Anyone!
  • Keep them in sight
  • Use checklists, team meetings, and processfolios to keep track of progress.
Watch Out!
  • You never know when you might have a problem.
  • Watch for inappropriate links
  • Carefully save files
  • Stay organized
Remember Water
  • Don't forget the water.
  • Remember the purpose of the activity.
Watch the Food
  • Too many beans can spoil a trip.
  • Take baby steps, Select tutorial sites
Be Prepared
  • Wear your boots, not your sneakers.
  • Plan student access:
  • bookmarks, worksheets, activity web pages
Think Timeline
  • Finish before the snow falls
  • Be realistic
Build in a cushion
  • Be prepared
  • Print out the sites
Provide support
  • Lend a hand
  • Work with another teacher
  • Help each other!
  • Team with another grade

Developed by Annette Lamb, 12/99.