AWS Convergence Technologies Inc., owner of the world’s largest live weather network, has created a new interactive learning tool that integrates real-time local and national weather data and camera images into a variety of hands-on science and math lessons for elementary, middle, and high school students. Using WeatherNet Classroom, teachers can construct customized lessons and create a learning environment based on real weather conditions as they unfold outside. The site includes materials for teachers to build lesson plans around such weather conditions as wind, snow storms, and humidity. Interactive databases and a rooftop-installed weather satellite allow instructors to formulate their plans around live weather conditions and data taken from more than 5,000 schools around the country. The web site also allows students and teachers to keep track of their weather history, observe changes, and monitor patterns over time. The site’s technology gives students the ability to view live or time-lapsed camera shots and graph weather conditions, much the way television meteorologists do on local weather broadcasts. Teachers who are unfamiliar with the program will find valuable instruction through the site’s online training feature.
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