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  1. 1. GEOGRAPHY AND TECHNOLOGY IN OUR LIVES Amy Barlow GEO 701 December 2008
  2. 2. Rationale For Study <ul><li>Evaluation of how young adults view geography </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of how geography applies to all areas of their lives </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of how technology impacts the geographical lives of students. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Research Questions <ul><li>In which setting would you most like to live? </li></ul><ul><li>In which setting would you least like to live? </li></ul><ul><li>Which picture do you think you could live a more comfortable life in? </li></ul><ul><li>Which picture do you think you would live a more challenging life? </li></ul><ul><li>What problems do you foresee in the pictures? Natural or man-made? </li></ul><ul><li>What does technology mean to you and how does it affect your life? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways do you see technology used in these pictures and how did it affect the lives of those in these communities? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you think the relationship between humans and environment affects these pictures? </li></ul><ul><li>What does geography mean to you? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you apply geography to your life today? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are the places you have learned about geography? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever traveled to places that geography is different? If so, where and explain? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Methods, Materials used, Participant Information The Changing Countryside Jorg Muller. Meryin Books. Alhambra, California:2006. Digital Camera, Memory Stick, AA Batteries, Paper to record findings, The Changing Countryside Phenomenological Interview Student #1- 15 year old, Lives 15-20 miles from city, Parents are foster parents, Chores may include baby sitting, housework, bailing hay and yard work. Traveled throughout southeastern part of United States. Says, “Technology is her life.” Student #2- 17 year old, lives 10 miles from city, has a part time job and can drive. Spent much time in city with her grandparents. Technology is a large part of her life and affects her life on a daily basis.
  5. 5. Findings <ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Place </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships within Place </li></ul><ul><li>Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Region </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul>The impacts geography and technology has upon our world today is amazing and the students discussed how technology affects our lives today .
  6. 6. Location <ul><li>Student #1 – “How they are constructing the place? It involves towns and cities or towns and countries and old roads and horses.” </li></ul><ul><li>Student 1 and 2 briefly talk about how much different other parts of the United States are different from the state of Kentucky and their community. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Place <ul><li>Student #1 – “Well, it looks something more like God created; the natural pond, not man-made, natural pond, and all of these things.” </li></ul><ul><li>Student #2 – “Grow gardens and umm…grow their own gardens.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Both students described the human and physical characteristics of place in various ways. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Relationships with Place <ul><li>Student #1 – “You could say, I guess with everything that is going on you don’t want to drive for three hours on a country road where you have no idea where you are going to find a grocery store.” </li></ul><ul><li>Student #2 – “Money wise like today? I know I drive as little as possible to save gas money.” </li></ul><ul><li>-With the various upbringings and locations of both students, they have both been affected greatly by their life, travel, transportation, and economics. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Movement <ul><li>Student #1 – “It was more of seeing the world……..trends that happened in California happen like ten years later in Kentucky.” </li></ul><ul><li>Student #2 – “I’ve traveled out West and out there travel is a whole lot different than it is here in Kentucky. There’s more traffic and lanes on the road than back home.” </li></ul><ul><li>-The attitudes of residents in different areas of the United States affect how a person is treated throughout their travel. </li></ul><ul><li>-Depending upon where your home is located determines whether customs are common or foreign to that individual. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Region <ul><li>Student #1 – “They have the beach, the way people act, and dressed; some of the music they listened to.” </li></ul><ul><li>Student #2 – “The grounds were flat and all you could see were soybean fields, that was all you could see until you got back to Kentucky.” </li></ul><ul><li>- I think it is very interesting how these two students talked about there being such a noticeable difference in the places they had been and those in Kentucky. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Technology <ul><li>Student #1 – Technology, “means a lot to me and my generation.” Also she adds, “most older people don’t carry cell phones.” </li></ul><ul><li>Student #2 - “Well, technology means a lot to me and my generation because we have computers that we can access information.” </li></ul><ul><li>-The technology in lives today plays an important part and influences the students and population. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Geography & Technology
  13. 13. Implications <ul><li>Students are aware of how geography and technology impact their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>When teaching, teachers need to apply geographical terms to the student’s lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss geographical differences of the regions in the United States and apply it to the student’s travels. </li></ul>