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 are now being accepted for limited time slots during the 2014 spring 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.
While Ellis Island has reopened after Hurricane Sandy, it is a limited opening, and due to pending construction and staffing constraints, availability of this program for SPRING 2014 has NOT yet been determined.
Please check back here and on our CILC listing (link above) daily during the week of March 3 for updates.
- History, Immigration, Social Studies
- Distance Learning