How warm is your classroom? A project

Recently it has been suggested that the UK is headed for a heatwave this summer, so I’m expecting difficult working conditions and cries of ‘it’s too hot to work’. As far as I know there is no upper limit for working temperatures in the UK.

To exploit this potential weather event, I thought I would try to extract some Geography.


View How hot is your classroom? in a larger map

The idea is that colleagues record the temperature of their classroom on the Google map. The map is open collaboration, so you just need a Google account to edit it. Hopefully it will be nice to see how temperatures vary around the country, it would also be nice to see the classroom temperatures of other colleagues from different parts of the World. For students, it offers the chance to discuss how and why temperatures may vary, and proves we are not alone!

Why an inside temperature? I’m just wondering how fit for purpose our learning environments are…

I thought some standardisation is needed, therefore

  • Temperatures should be taken at midday in your time zone, on any day from the start date.
  • Temperatures should be taken in the shade, away from direct sunlight, computer equipment.
  • Temperatures can be updated if/when your previous high has been exceeded.

Using the map,

  • Place a place mark on your school location, I’m using the sun one.
  • Add a photo of your classroom if you wish.
  • The place mark title should include the temperature in Degrees Celsius.

I thought temperature readings could begin on Monday 1st of June, but colleagues can join in at any time. In the mean time, please place your classroom marker in preparation.

The map project can be followed by RSS feed. A KML file can also be downloaded and use in Google Earth.

Please feel free to contact me for help.

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