Winter weather always gives us something to talk about especially here in Wisconsin. This Prezi elaborates on some of the important vocabulary needed to facilitate that conversation for our English language learners and points out a few driving hazards and parking laws during the snowy months.
Tornado in Oakfield, Wisconsin on July 18th, 1996
The National Weather Service Weather Forecast Services (NWSWFS) states that last year, Wisconsin had 16 documented tornadoes which did not result in any fatalities or injuries. Last year was a good year. Since 1844, there have been a total of 1,410 tornadoes in Wisconsin of varying degrees of severity. Normally, Wisconsin averages twenty-one tornadoes yearly. In 2005, there were sixty-five tornadoes in Wisconsin. Here are a few more tornado statistics from the NWSWFS:
…WISCONSIN`S WORST TORNADO…
NEW RICHMOND /ST. CROIX COUNTY/ TORNADO ON JUNE 12 1899…
KILLING 117…INJURING 125…AND DESTROYING OVER 300 BUILDINGS.
…OTHER COSTLY WISCONSIN TORNADOES INCLUDE…
OAKFIELD /FOND DU LAC COUNTY/ TORNADO ON JULY 18 1996…INJURING
ONLY 12 WITH DAMAGE PEGGED AT 40.4 MILLION DOLLARS /1996
DOLLARS/. IT BECAME A F5 TORNADO EAST OF OAKFIELD.
BARNEVELD/IOWA COUNTY/ TORNADO ON JUNE 8 1984…KILLED 9 AND
INJURING 200 WITH WITH DAMAGED PEGGED AT 40 MILLION DOLLARS
/1984 DOLLARS/. THIS WAS AN F5 TORNADO.
THE U.S. NATIONAL AVERAGES FOR THE PERIOD 1982-2009…
…1114 TORNADOES PER YEAR
…57 DEATHS PER YEAR
…21 KILLER TORNADOES PER YEAR
The NWSWFS shows the highest number of tornadoes occur between April and September. So, this week being Tornado Safety Awareness Week in Wisconsin, I thought it a perfect time to practice my Prezi skills by putting together a presentation on Tornado Awareness and Safety for my students. It is generic, not relating solely to Wisconsin, and has embedded YouTube videos that contain actual tornado footage from around the Midwest. Additionally there are two videos that present critical storm vocabulary and safety pointers for “weathering” a tornado safely. The Prezi terminates with a Discovery Channel quiz. There is a PollEverywhere Power Point included that I used for my students, but I learned that Prezi has not yet worked out a format for allowing users to embed Power Point presentations. It’s coming, but they aren’t quite there yet much to my dismay. So, if you use the Prezi, you’ll want to skip right over that. (However, if you can share with me a way to incorporate it for others to use, I would really appreciate it!)
One pointer before you get started, do not use Autoplay when showing the presentation since it will not allow for sufficient time to view the videos. Here is the link: Tornado Awareness.
I hope this will help you and your students to stay safe this tornado season.
I had read so much via Twitter and blogs about Prezi, also known as the zooming presentation editor, but I had never given it a try. What was unique about Prezi was that, instead of using the traditional slide after slide method of presentation, it used a non-linear approach that zoomed and spun in and out of text and graphics. But, I simply just hadn’t had the time or the need to try it out for myself. I knew it wouldn’t be too complicated since it was a web 2.0 tool, and web 2.0 tools are known to be user friendly usually with great tutorials. And what’s more, they almost very often have a free educator’s version, which Prezi does! So, when preparing to give an in-service on using Twitter to develop personal learning networks, I decided to give Prezi a shot.
I realized almost from the first step that using Prezi was going to be fun. There were a few templates to choose from to get me started which included backgrounds, fonts, and colors. Then, my task was to put my information on a virtual canvas and create a visual map of it. Right away I saw how easily I could embed pictures and video along with the text. The main editing tool, the information zebra, helped size, spin, and move objects. Editing and revising the material or map couldn’t have been easier! What’s more, while giving the presentation, I could zoom in and out, go back and forth among items, and make impromptu momentary changes in “the plan” without difficulty.
So, while I know there is more for me to learn about using Prezi, I feel like I’m off to a good start and look forward to experimenting and developing better and better Prezis. Have you tried it yet?