J2.4 Weather Basics Interactive Video Training – Teaching Teachers, Students, and more!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016: 11:45 AM
Room 353 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Tim Brice, NOAA/NWS/Weather Forecast Office in El Paso, TX, Santa Teresa, NM; and J. Laney and M. Pazos

Each year, thousands of Texas teachers are asked to teach weather concepts that they don't fully understand so that their students will be better able to answer weather-related questions on the yearly Texas assessment tests. In an effort to reach out to these teachers and their students, the NWS office in El Paso has developed its Weather Basics Video training program. Weather Basics takes advantage of new advances in technology and social media by combining the usage of live video chat and recorded video segments.

NWS El Paso meteorologists begin the process by having small groups of teachers participate in a short training session. The teachers are then given access to a suite of videos that reinforce the training they just received. A separate presentation is given to students in a classroom setting using Google Hangouts, a freely available video conferencing tool that is accessed with a Google ID. This allows the NWS meteorologist to visit directly with students and not only introduce them to the material, but hopefully generate a higher level of excitement for the subject matter. Due to the interactive nature of Hangouts, the students can ask questions directly to the meteorologist. In its inaugural season, NWS El Paso successfully participated in a total of 24 Hangouts with over 3000 students and teachers from 67 schools in 8 different states.

This presentation will discuss the technology behind the one-on-one video chat and how the NWS has taken this a step further with its larger scale “Ask-a-Meteorologist” option in an effort to enhance the National Weather Service's commitment to weather education. In addition, we will discuss feedback received for teachers, along with the advantages and limitations to presenting weather information using this delivery format.

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