A Distant Shore
Even if you are unable to visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum due to distance or cost, your class could participate in a videoconference distance learning program with a park ranger who broadcasts to your classroom live from Ellis Island. Students in grades 4-5 learn about the immigrant experience at Ellis Island through a variety of interpretive talks, videos, photos, and primary documents.
How to Participate
This program is free of charge (paid for by your tax dollars), but requires that the class has access to videoconferencing equipment such as a Tandberg, Cisco, Polycom, or LifeSize video conferencing unit (VCU). Skype is not a connection option at this time. Register for programs through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration at cilc.org. Either search for "Ellis Island" or view the program description at http://cilc.org/search/content-provider-program.aspx?id=5261. Requests will be accepted once announced near the beginning of each semester. A test call needs to take place several days before the scheduled connection so there is enough time to properly determine and work around connection issues, if any. Due to some school district's network security configuration, the National Park Service may launch the call connection; this will be determined by the outcome of the test call.
We are pleased to be able to offer this program on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only from
October 22-December 4, 2013.
- Grade Levels:
- Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
- History, Immigration, Social Studies