The data is here! The data is here!

To say that the Weatherblur Team was excited this week is a bit of an understatement. While you are busy running classrooms, monitoring masks, taking temperatures, and whatever else this new world of education has added to your job descriptions, the WB team anxiously awaits data from your investigations to roll in. We were delighted … Read more

Building an Investigation

Investigations don’t just spring up from nothing!  They evolve from iWonder questions that gather loads of momentum, become SMART, and then are worked through with students, teachers, and experts to build up the infrastructure that is needed to actually collect real data. One thing to note here is that an investigation can only be built … Read more

Power of WeatherBlur – SMART

A quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., on education resonated with me and made me think of WeatherBlur (WB). “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…We must remember that intelligence is not enough.  Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education” (Maroon Tiger January-February 1947; … Read more

WeatherBlur – what’s the flow?

WeatherBlur is an amazing student-driven citizen science program that you can have your students involved in that allows you to have them: Develop meaning full scientific questions Develop computational thinking skills – breaking down problems and developing solutions Be involved in online scientific discussions with peers and experts Collect and analyze real data Turn their … Read more

iWonder how to make the most of iWonder

In a previous blog-post, Gary brought up the importance of the iWonder space. He reminded me that iWonder – the idea of having students come up with the inquiry – invites students and teachers into a part of the scientific process that isn’t possible in other citizen science projects. Rather than immersing students into science … Read more

The power of iWonder

I know how much we are drawn to have our students collect data – the fun of having them outside, using equipment, recording information is just so strong that many of us just want to get to that phase of WeatherBlur as quickly as possible.  We want our students at ACT like a scientist. But … Read more

iWonder and Abstraction…what’s it all about?

Hi All! A few of us are dabbling in computational thinking and the role it plays in citizen science. One concept in CT is abstraction. Abstraction is, essentially, the idea of getting rid of the information/data we don’t need, in order to generalize solutions. WB teachers that are working on the TAG team practiced abstracting … Read more

My students are locked out? What is happening?

Ouch!   Your students are getting a message that they have been locked out of the site (and some reference to a 503 error).  It looks something like this: What’s this all about? The WeatherBlur team is really serious about protecting the security of data and peoples information on the site.  To make sure that … Read more

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Why can’t all my students be logged in to Weatherblur.com at once?

Help! Why can’t all my students be logged in to Weatherblur.com at once? Our sparkly new Weatherblur site runs perfectly all the time (okay….okay….most of the time…It’s 2020, people…)! Despite how awesome it is, we have already seen some glitches for schools when students all sign on to the site at one time. This is … Read more