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.
The requirements to participate in a 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 unsure whether your classroom has the technological capability to participate in these programs, then direct your IT staff to contact Shawn Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check out K20 Help Site for some general information on videoconferencing.
California's K-12 High Speed Network
PORTS 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.