Belkin (opens in new tab)® today announced they have teamed with the California State PORTS distance learning program to leverage Belkin technology to promote student learning experiences with state parks.
The PORTS program (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) has developed customized online learning solutions to push real-time content into schools across California to expose K-12 students to the unique natural and cultural resources found across 10 state parks. This school year, the program will serve 100 school districts statewide and reach over 45,000 students.
The new relationship will equip indoor studios and State Park Ranger vehicles, like the PORTS EduGator which functions as a mobile studio, with the Belkin Stage Tablet (opens in new tab), an adjustable platform that turns any tablet into an interactive presentation tool.
Park Rangers will be able to use the iPad as a document camera with a 360 flip to showcase the parks' natural, cultural, and historical resources that are part of the PORTS program. Teachers will have the ability to customize the view for their students and park interpreters will be able to see the entire classroom and speak directly with students who can ask questions, engage conversations and annotate their experience with park staff in real-time.