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"The Nation's Playground": Technology and Tourism
|ALIGNMENT WITH MAINE'S LEARNING RESULTS:
1. A Clear and Effective Communicator
2. A Self-directed and Lifelong Learner
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Communication
Middle Grades 5-8: Access information at remote sites using telecommunications.
Secondary Grades: Evaluate the communication capabilities of new kinds of media.
Implications of Science and Technology
Middle Grades 5-8: Research and evaluate the social and environmental impacts of scientific and technological developments.
Secondary Grades: Analyze the impacts of various scientific and technological developments.
SOCIAL STUDIES: History: Chronology
Middle Grades 5-8: Describe the effects of historical changes on daily life.
ECONOMICS: Economic Systems of the United States
Secondary Grades: Describe the factors (i.e. physical, capital, technology, monetary resources) that impact the development and the distribution of a product.
International Trade and Global Interdependence
Middle Grades 5-8: Describe how changes in transportation and communication technologies have affected trade over time.
1. Watch Program 5: "The Nation's Playground" with students. Discuss with them the idea that technology can have an enormous impact on the economy. Two major technological advances at the time when tourism was just beginning to grow were a) the railroad, and b) the automobile. How did these two technologies affect Maine tourism?
(The video provides information about this. The railroad network that had been established primarily for trade purposes became a perfect transportation method for people from northeastern cities to get to many parts of Maine. The automobile changed the nature of Maine tourism. Tourists used to visit the state for weeks or months at a time, but the car allowed people to drive in for a weekend, and to make many stops, rather than staying in one place.)
2. Most people would probably agree that the major technological innovation of our time is the Internet. Pose the question: how do students think that the Internet has affected Maine tourism so far? Does it have the potential to change the tourist industry in the way the railroad and the automobile did? Do a brainstorm together on the board, listing possible ways the Internet might affect Maine tourism.
3. Hand out the Technology and Tourism assignment sheets. In pairs, students will examine two to three Maine tourism web sites, from a list of five. They will follow the directions on their assignment sheets and complete these tasks:
5. Regroup as a class. Ask students what kinds of things
they noticed in their research. How can the Internet change Maine
tourism? (Some possible answers might be:
a. Information can be updated easily, which allows tourists to make plans according to an updated calendar;
b. Links to other sites bring a wide array of businesses to the fingertips of someone browsing;
c. Tourists can plan a vacation, order tickets, reserve rooms, and buy gear from home, etc.)
List what they've come up with on the board. Ask: do they think the Internet will have as dramatic an effect on the tourist industry as the railroad and the automobile did?
6. Grade student work for thoroughness, quality of their observations about the web sites, and how well they applied what they learned in the review of the new web site. Extension activities: