Creating Digital Access to California State Parks With PORTS
Participate and share : Poster
Thursday, December 3, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Erin Gates Brad Krey Jennifer Langer
PORTS is well known for its free interactive distance learning programs that help teach students about California’s unique natural environment and culturally important places. Learn how PORTS continued to provide on-demand programs and expanded their reach for your students during the COVID-19 crisis.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators|
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||Google Expeditions (Apple/Google app)
Flipgrid (Apple/Google app)
Smithsonian Digital Learning Lab (https://learninglab.si.edu)
|Topic:||Distance, online & blended learning|
|Subject area:||Social studies, Science|
|ISTE Standards:||For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
Purpose: To introduce participants to the concept of digital access to resources provided by a vetted educational content partner (California State Parks) including augmented and virtual reality, videoconference presentations and open education resources.
Tools used: Zoom Video Conferencing, AR/VR, Flipgrid, Agents of Discovery, Smithsonian Digital Learning Lab.
Models employed: through multiple engagement points using digital tools, we are engaging students in more meaningful ways including virtual reality experiences of parks, allowing teachers to differentiate learning through OER, engaging in conversation with students via live videoconferernces, and allowing students to speak and create via Flipgrid.
PORTS has a proven track record of success since it's inception. We collect teacher feedback every year and have overwhelmingly positive responses to our programs and resources. The common refrain from educators is that their students have no access to parks, so this is an important piece of learning for their curriculum and for personal growth.
The concept of combining nature and technology is still in it's infancy.