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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tweeting the elements

Many thanks to all of my twitter helpers for tweeting your weather conditions last week. This is just a very quick update on how S1 used them for their learning. We were trying to learn about weather elements and then use these in our descriptions of the weather (in the style of a forecast). Taking the tweets, we created a mindmap with the elements of temperature, precipitation, cloud etc and connected these to the vocabulary people had used to describe them. From this, we then looked at Troon weather for Friday, both observing the weather and using the met forecast. Students were then asked to compose a tweet which successfully described the weather through as many of the elements as possible in 140 characters. We are going to share some of these on the @marrgeog twitter account with the tag #1Fweather. Finally, we are using the collected responses from your weather tweets to build place knowledge, create a mock British Isles forecast for that day (we saved the satellite image and forecast) and, from this, start to explore reasons for differences in the weather by location. Once again, thank you for helping the class learn about weather through real contexts.