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Andover Townsman: A 'portal' to other parts of the world

Andover Townsman: A 'portal' to other parts of the world

Education often brings students to new places, but it looks like that may be more true than ever for Andover students in the coming months. 

The Andover Coalition for Education, or ACE, has funded a portal through Shared Studios, an organization that creates spaces with technology and connects people internationally. The inflatable portal is equipped with video and audio technology that allows people inside the inflatable, yellow portal to communicate with people in other portals around the world. There are currently 47 portals around the globe.

"The real innovation is in the global network of Portal sites around the world," explained the school department's Director of Strategy and Innovation Stephen Chinosi. "Having access to people who are interested in connecting with others to build 'real' relationships and potential partnerships. The Portal is using the best technology to actually connect people through focused and open dialogues. The experience is nothing like a Skype call, which only focuses on the head/shoulders. The Portal feels like you're in a room with someone who happens to be on the other side of the world."

New Times SLO: Cuesta's Portals project connects people across the globe

New Times SLO: Cuesta's Portals project connects people across the globe

I was a little nervous as I stepped into the inflatable gold pop-up structure, wondering what I should say or ask first. But before I knew it the screen flickered, and there sat Aparna Bakhle and José Godoy-Reyes right in front of me.

Although I was in San Luis Obispo at Cuesta College's Harold J. Miossi Gallery and they were in Los Angeles, it felt like we were in the same room, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling screen and clear sound in the makeshift structure, which is part of the Portals: Connecting The World: A Social Practice Exhibition going on at the campus through March 29. Emma Saperstein, gallery coordinator, aptly described the experience as "FaceTime on speed."