12th Symposium on Education


Techno-Meteorology: Educational Adventures in Cyberspace

Faye McCollum, Project Atmosphere/AERA and Muscogee County School District, Columbus, GA

Discovering the mysteries of weather hazards, exploring real-time satellite imagery and accessing long-range weather forecasts occurs daily in millions of classrooms around the world. Features of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology, which were previously available only to scientists and meteorologists, are now being used enthusiastically by teachers and students with just a simple click of a mouse. During the past decade the American Meteorological Society, the National Science Foundation and the National Weather Service promoted the highly successful development of projects utilizing the World Wide Web for disseminating meteorological and oceanographic information for educational purposes. This presentation will feature the exceptional success of AMS Atmospheric Education Resource Agents and Maury Oceanographic Resource Agents in their leadership roles in five of the courses and projects designed to promote educational initiatives in technology in the classroom. The projects include the following:

The AMS DataStreme Project - an on-line Meteorology course for classroom teachers. Water in the Earth's System - an on-line Atmospheric Sciences course for teachers. The STORM Project - National on-line Meteorology lessons and sites for students, teachers and parents. The DWEL Project - A Digital Water Resource Library identifying exemplary atmospheric/water resources for teachers, students and parents.

Information and visits to each of these sites promotes a greater understanding of the impact of cyberspace on education and the enhancement of meteorological and oceanographic studies.

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Poster Session 1, Poster Session: K-12, Popular and University Educational Initiatives
Sunday, 9 February 2003, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

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