WeatherBug today announced that it has selected David J. Thon, a fifth grade science educator from William Appleby Elementary in Marathon, NY, to join a team of its meteorologists on a five-day-long tornado chase called WeatherBug Storm Chase 2004. The team will set out in search of storms beginning Monday, May 3 in Oklahoma City.
Thon will play a key role in gathering/analyzing data and readings and in learning more about how and why tornadoes take place. He will write a Weblog — or ‘blog’ — about the experience daily and also answer questions from students and colleagues via email. The Storm Chase blog can be found at http://www.weatherbug.com/stormchase.
Is there any reason why this type of thing shouldn’t be happening more and more? I mean, teachers by their very nature are experts…why shouldn’t they be sharing their experiences and expertise outside of the classroom? This is a great example of how Weblogs can take students beyond the traditional school walls.