Understanding patterns using data linked to geospatial representations

The transcription below is interesting as it shows that patterns of understanding are broadened and simplified using data linked to geospatial representations.

Interview 3: School Pupil. Girl aged 12/13.

Interviewer: So what did you think then of using the app?

Participant: Um I thought it was really helpful.

 Interviewer: How?

Participant: Um because it was telling me where it had come from and what part of the world, and what country.

Interviewer: Ok did you see any patterns to places that you were tagging photos to?

Participant: Yeah well, most of the plants came from the middle area, from the equator.

Interviewer: From the Equator yeah? And then you were saying to me that they started to..go from where?

Participant: Yeah from the end..

Interviewer: Do you know what that’s called? That whole area.. (looking at google maps)

Participant: United States.

Interviewer: That’s one of the countries. So if we had Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, all that big bit what’s that called?

Participant: Um er.

Interviewer: It’s called..it’s not a test..

Participant: Is it like Europe and like…

Interviewer: Yeah right…it’s called the Americas

Participant: Yeah right the Americas. I saw it from the other plants that said the ‘Americas’.

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