"This was a great opportunity to expose the students to an outside knowledge force, while sitting in their own classroom! The exchange with our presenter was very valuable and a good reinforcement of the curriculum in our classroom."
Lisa Dabel. -
Cupertino Union School District
PORTS is a free distance learning program that uses the power of interactive videoconferencing to help K-12 schools teach common core state standards in the context of California State Parks.
PORTS Programs include:
Fully developed units of study to prepare and assess learning.
Live, interactive videoconference presentations on science, history, language arts and other academic topics.
PORTS bridges the socio-economic gap in California's educational system by providing meaningful interactions - regardless of race, economic status or location.
If you want to learn about what PORTS is about, the technology, etc., check out an interview with Brad Krey, PORTS Program manager, and Alan Phillips, K-12 High Speed Network, at CUE 2016.
PORTS PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT 2015-2016
In 2015/2016 PORTS reached over 46,000 K-12 students in the state of California. The majority of programs reached students in schools federally classified as low-income. PORTS programs reached students outside of California in 20 different states as well as students in Taiwan. Read more about how PORTS is connecting students to California State Parks in our 2015-2016 Annual Report. Find out how teachers evaluate their PORTS experience in the PORTS Teacher Survey 2015-2016 Report.
PORTS is proud to be partnering with the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF).The California State Parks Foundation provides ongoing support through financial funding to promote innovation. Their generosity has allowed PORTS to develop new programs, deploy new technology, and expand program analytics. In the 2016/2017 school year the Foundation made it possible for PORTS to conduct its first extensive student survey. Thank you to the California State Parks Foundation for your generosity and ongoing support!
NEW PORTS PROGRAM AT POINT LOBOS STATE RESERVE
Dive into the giant kelp forests of Point Lobos State Marine Reserve and learn about this amazing habitat and its history of protection!