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Here are several strategies you can use to implement this project even if you have a limited access to computers in your classroom:
  • Periodic Data Collection
    Each day a different student or group of students can take turns accessing, downloading, and / or printing the weather data for the different cities from the Internet and then report back to the class. Students can post the weather data to the blackboard or large pieces of paper. Keep in mind that students may need written instructions on how to gather the data so that they can work independently. Additionally, if they need to go outside the classroom you may need to make special arrangements.
  • Using Handouts
    Students can access the Internet resources from home computers (when available), community centers or libraries, OR by giving them handouts of select web pages.
  • Teacher Presentations
    Teachers with one (1) computer connected to a projection device can project the real-time weather pages so all the students can copy the data in their Weather Learning Logs. Also, a computer connected to a projection device can be used to introduce or enrich a unit, prepare students in the use of a web site before a session in the computer lab, or even take their students on a virtual field trip to one of the cities studied in the Weather Scope project.
  • Learning Centers
    Students can rotate through different activities during the course of one class or over a longer period of time. Each student or group of students takes a turn working at a different activity or learning center. For example, one group of students can access the Internet while the other groups of students take weather measurements using the classroom instruments, locate the other cities on a map, research the cities and weather using books, etc.

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