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Technical Requirements

PORTS brings California State Parks into classrooms using the high bandwidth of the K-12 High Speed Network (HSN) and multiple technological approaches. There are two technology components to each PORTS unit of study. The first is the online, on-demand lesson plans and the second is the videoconferencing portion. 

Units of Study - Online and On-Demand
The online units of study offer lesson plans to help prepare students for the videoconference program. The units of study use a variety of digital media and formats that can be downloaded and used in the classroom at any time. An internet connection and computer are needed to access these materials.

Videoconferencing
The requirements to participate in aStudents participating in PORTS program PORTS videoconference program are:

  • High Speed Internet  
  • Computer or tablet with a webcam and microphone, or a standards-based Videoconference Unit 
  • TV, LCD Projector, or Smart Board
If you are a teacher interested in participating in PORTS, you will need to contact your district or school technology person who can help set up the videoconferencing part of PORTS.  The Connection Information page provides more detailed information on how to videoconference with PORTS. If you have questions, please contact us

If you are unsure whether your classroom has the technological capability to participate in these programs, then direct your IT staff to contact Shawn Brown at shawn.brown@parks.ca.gov.

Please check out K20 Help Site for some general information on videoconferencing.

California's K-12 High Speed Network

HSN logoPORTS continues to partner with the  California's K-12 High-Speed Network  (HSN) to bring high-quality educational videoconference programs directly to students in their classroom to enhance students' learning experiences. The HSN enables "educators, students and staff across the state to have access to reliable high speed network which has the capacity to deliver high quality online resources to support teaching and learning and promote academic achievement." The HSN is also providing the cloud-based videoconference bridge system, Vidyo, schools use to connect with the PORTS programs.