- GETTING READY FOR 2016:
A Call to Action
- Action Item:
- Go Digital
- Year Accomplished:
For the past three years, Glacier Bay has been connecting with youth from around the world using teleconferencing equipment. This past year, the park has upgraded their system by purchasing a new Polycom HDX 8000 unit. Standing in front of a green screen, this new unit allows a park ranger to appear on top of a second video source (Power Point, video) at the same time. The effect is similar to a weather newscast on television, and allows us to provide fun, interactive Glacier Bay experiences for distant classrooms. Students can learn about Glacier Bay wildlife, history, and even take a virtual trip into the heart of Glacier Bay to experience the sights, sounds, and glaciers of this magnificent place.
Using this technology, Glacier Bay reached 405 students in the classrooms in New York, Wisconsin, and Virginia in 2012. In addition, we brought the wonders of Glacier Bay to a variety of Senior Centers and special groups.
For teachers interested in learning to connect their classrooms with Glacier Bay, please see http://www.nps.gov/glba/forteachers/index.htm