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Met Office launches new online resource with help of school staff

16/04/2009 Joanna
People in teaching jobs in the UK can now take advantage of a new online resource to help them equip their pupils with knowledge about the weather.

Young people in primary and secondary schools can also learn about climate change on the revised interactive education section on the Met Office website.

The resource is split into three sections catering for young children, teenagers and school staff.

According to Mark Gibbs, education business manager for the Met Office, people in teaching jobs were consulted before the web pages were designed to ensure that they would "suit their needs".

While older students can explore in-depth case studies on severe weather events, younger pupils can learn facts about the weather with the help of Weather Explorer, as well as through games and experiments.

"The three areas are designed to be simple and clear to use, both as part of a lesson or by children exploring the web for themselves," added Mr Gibbs.

To encourage sensible and responsible use of the internet for learning and education, Becta this year published new training materials for teachers in schools and colleges.
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