Chapter nine of our science textbook covers a study of the weather. One of the activities listed is called Weather Watcher. The class spends several days tracking the weather—time, temperature, precipitation, wind, and cloud cover to name a few.
Several months ago, I found another blog post by a teacher showing how we could use the Weathershot app to track our weather. This app allows you to choose a location and upload or take a photo. The weather is then displayed right over the chosen photo. Information displayed includes the date, time, temperature, cloud cover, and sunrise/sunset times.
Each morning and afternoon our class heads out to our school courtyard, and one student takes our photo with the iPad®. Since everyone wants to do the photo, I use the Tap Roulette app to randomly choose a student. I discovered this app on Free Technology for Teachers. The kids love getting to put their fingers on the screen and track the flashing light to see who will be chosen.
Outside, we check for wind and precipitation. Then we head back in and use Instaweather Pro to display our photo, complete with the weather information. Students copy the information into their weather journals.
I’ve loved adding these bits of technology into our Weather Watcher project. How have you added technology to classroom projects?