Creating a Global Audience for K-12 Virtual Learning Adventures
Park Interpretive Specialist
California State Parks
DISTANCE LEARNING AT BIG TREES
from California to New York to Rio!
Since October 2018
Traveled over 425,000 virtual miles
By utilizing conferencing technology, thousands of students from across the world have visited Calaveras Big Trees State Park!
WHAT IS DISTANCE LEARNING?
the education of students who are not physically present at an institution
The Parks Online Resources for Teachers & Students program (PORTS), is a FREE distance learning program that uses the power of interactive videoconferencing to assist K-12 educators teach Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in the context of California State Parks.
PORTS INTRO VIDEO
There are now just over 13 field trip offerings and 85% of them take place outside in the park - just like mine!
ACCESSIBILITY & INCLUSIVITY
what's the outreach hold up?
Buses can be bummers
Can't afford it
Sorry, too remote
Who has the time?
Hi, I am a second grade teacher of a rural town in Medina, NY. Many of our students do not even have an opportunity to leave this town, let alone explore other parts of the world. This falls as education and as an experience for these children to reach out and see more than what is in their backyard.
Virtual Field Trips!
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP?
My life cycle lesson (Skype): 6th graders in Texas
to the giant sequoia
do you measure connection?
surveys = value
Thank you so much for sharing your information on Calaveras Big Trees State Park! The kids really enjoyed it! My students live in a very low socioeconomic area, so many have never seen snow, let alone a forest of trees. The virtual field trip gave them a lot of write about for their Sequoia trees reports. Additionally, I really appreciate the pre-trip help you provided. It was our first ever "virtual" anything and I think it went very well!
Shadow Hills Elementary, Fontana Unified
never underestimate the POWER of a sincere THANK YOU LETTER
POWER OF THE
Their mission: To protect and restore California redwoods and connect people to the peace and beauty of redwood forests.
By embracing technology as a powerful learning tool the Giant Sequoia has planted its seed in the hearts of over 9,000 students!
Having a power partner like Save the Redwoods League has provided the launching pad for the distance learning program at Big Trees!
Skype in the Classroom provides access to connection, allowing state parks to build a global audience of eager virtual learners.