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Friday, August 18, 2017

Social Studies and Starting School: Check out the Smart Globe Adventurer

Parents, it’s time to prepare for a new school year! I’m looking forward to seeing my friends, playing sports, and having a good time. Social studies and geography in the classroom is a subject I sometimes like, and sometimes dislike. After all, if the teacher is great and the classroom engaging, it’s easy to love learning. That goes for home, too! When we’re preparing for a new school year, you can help me gear up for social studies and geography in the classroom in our own living room. Globes for kids are fun and interactive not only for the classroom but also for our home.  There are so many different kinds of globes available that you are bound to find the perfect one to help me engage and continue learning.

Smart Globe Adventurer
Try out the Smart Globe Adventurer globe to spark my interest in different geographical areas. We can read, learn about cultures, languages, and more. These won’t take up much space in our home. I can keep learning about social studies and geography while also improving literacy and writing skills. This one of a kind model was recently featured on the Today Show and includes educational content featuring over 250 countries. Experience augmented reality using the globe as a companion to a children's tablet or smartphone. There are activities in both English and Spanish to appeal to a wider demographic. The perfect size for a car ride.

If I’m more interested in outer space, check out a moon or celestial globe! These are a lot of fun, because they offer different perspectives on the Earth. While preparing for social studies and geography, we can also talk about astronomy, history, and legends. Let’s be creative

We can spend quality time together while learning and prepping for a new school year within the comfort of our own home. Contact Ultimate Globes today, so we can find the perfect globe to use together!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Social Studies and Geography in the Classroom: Preparing for a New School Year... Making 3-D World Stewards

How to Prepare Students in Social Studies and Geography
When you are a child, the world is very grand in size. Beyond the comfort of their favorite stuffed animal, colorful backpack, and space invader comforter, and mom and dad, the world awaits them. The first lessons they learn for developing self-esteem are maintaining good relations with their peers and a secure attachment with their parents. Although they lack the vocabulary for discussing cultural or communal differences, kids become curious about relics of the world beyond their immediate environment. It is important parents acquire tools for teaching inquisitive kids about what they notice.

 

 Cross Cultural Connections

A special dessert's scent from another land that another child's grandparent makes and puts in their friend's lunchbox shows a child worlds beyond the one they see in the neighborhood and schoolyard. Their curiosity becomes ignited by watching people on the television speak in unfamiliar languages, wearing clothing quite different from themselves. How do parents contextualize these global perspectives? How do you ready children for another school year in geography and social studies? How do you teach children about global differences?


Intelliglobe II


 Sensory Stimulation

For a young child, they need tactile stimulation and hands-on ways for conceptualizing the globe. It's actually surprisingly easy explaining world cultures to children with all the unique features encompassing the globe. Therefore, we suggest normalizing children to cultural differences and educating them about various nationalities and cultures. How does one even start?
The answer could surprise you, but your child would love feeling a smooth orb of a globe zooming under their fingertips. These days, globes far exceed the kind of globes parents saw growing up: faded patterns and outdated nations labeled as the USSR long after that state broke up.
 
Today's globes are technologically sophisticated, like the Intelliglobe II Deluxe Interactive Globe for Kids, a spherical wonder integrated with trivia games and unprecedented data. Other globes, like theSmartGlobe Adventurer with Augmented Reality, feature 3-D technology and parents themselves could find themselves interested in taking a whirl at the globe. When children comprehend the physical properties of the earth in all its variety, then they will envision how people are so different from one another, yet we still share the same earth.

The Smart Globe Adventurer with Augmented Reality




Interested in our models? Got questions? Contact us today at www.ultimateglobes.com to learn more!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Kids, Maps and Geography: Social Studies in the Classroom


Asia


The classroom maps can transport children to worlds they never knew existed. They can wander the streets of Istanbul during the height of the Ottoman Empire, sail across oceans with Ferdinand Magellan in search of new trade routes, or scale the Alps with Hannibal during the Punic Wars. Teaching how the world exists far beyond the confines of one's school and neighborhood is the rewarding job of a social studies teacher. Today's teachers have technology at their disposal allowing students to meet others from around the world via the internet. However nothing can replace the role of classroom maps. Maps that show both human and physical geography allow students to see just how vast their state, country, and world truly are. 


Australia

Strong interactive social studies lessons let students engage with maps to see how and why people have migrated, or how and why wars have been won or lost. Maps can provide students with a key to both their history and their future. According to the National Geographic Society, students who develop map reading skills at an early age develop strong spatial-skills.(NationalGeographic.org) 










Understanding migration patterns and relationships in different spaces and regions also allows them to fully comprehend many of the world's issues much better. This enables them to become future problem-solvers, as they are well-equipped to grasp how the many areas of the world are different. Learning geography as well as history and civics allows students to become better global citizens.









 Our classroom wall maps provide access to different states, countries, and even all continents. Our traditional maps can show political and physical similarities and differences among various regions. We also have blank outline maps that students fill out and label themselves, providing them with the opportunity to show what they have learned about a state's or country's cultures, towns, or wildlife areas. It is crucial that students develop strong social studies skills and believe that map literacy is a vital key in every student's education. Please contact us at www.ultimateglobes.com so that we can help your students understand the world better.



Friday, July 14, 2017

Back to School, Back to Class and Back to Classroom Maps

It's almost time to start buying school supplies. Soon it will be time to look at chalkboards and classroom maps. Summer trips are about to come to a grinding halt. Instead of packing suitcases for trips, your little ones will be filling backpacks with textbooks, notebooks and pencils. A new school year is rapidly approaching. Geography will be among the subjects that children are studying this semester. A clear understanding of the world around us provides children with a solid foundation for knowing their places in the world. Maps are one of the most effective tools for conveying to concepts of geography


US and World Notebook Map

Classroom wall maps provide teachers with an excellent tool for instilling a love of geography at a young age. Their colorful, touchable surfaces encourage youngsters to interact. The more comfortable children are, the more motivated they will be to learn more about their world and the people that inhabit it. Classroom maps offer an inexpensive means of achieving that goal. In addition, with geography bees becoming more and more popular, starting geography education as early as possible can give kids a jump on the competition. National Geographic's geography bee, for example, is open to students as young as fourth grade. Pranay Varada, an eighth grader from Texas, was the proud 2017 winner. Might the next winner be from your school?

Picture of Pranay Varada and Thomas Wright and host Mo Rocca
National Geographic Bee

 Geography is an important part of a well-rounded social studies curriculum. Kids.USA.gov provides information for students and educators on developing a sound curriculum. Highlights include sections on maps, current events, and countries and cultures. Kids.gov strongly encourages study of geography via state, country, and world maps. For public schools, private schools, and home schools, instilling a sense of citizenry is vital. By establishing a strong social studies curriculum that includes geography, students learn much more than country and capital names on the classroom maps they study. They learn that they are one part of an increasingly interconnected world, and they learn that places that may seem far away and remote are closer (literally and metaphorically) than they may have previously believed. At Ultimate Globes, we offer a variety of wall maps to suit every classroom. Contact us today and allow our experienced staff to assist you in selecting the right maps to maximize your students' educational experience.

Early Voyages of Exploration

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Modern Day Cartography: The Art of Map Making

 

The Business of Map Making

Cartography is a fascinating and diverse body of work. The production of maps is a huge business these days. Recent reports put estimates for contractors and employees devoted to Google’s digital cartographic presences at over 7,000. That’s 7,000 people who’s primary mission is making sure that Google Maps and Google Earth software and updates run smoothly. With the technological advanced made possible by extensive staffing at Google it is quite easy to forget that very intricate maps can be charted and generated by one individual. Paper maps are very much a part of modern life in the twenty-first century and continue to be reliable sources of guidance for specialized interests such as geocaching, trailblazing or topography. Cellular signals aren’t available every where and every once in a while travelers in remote area find themselves reaching for a paper copy of Rand McNally instead of the reaching for an Android to access Google Maps.

 IMAX Globe


Days of the Early Explorers

Maps have been apart of our lives since the days of widespread global exploration when men like Cristopher Colombus, Prince Henry the Navigator and Ponce De Leon attempted to record the landscape. The Planet that we call home is vast and through different symbols, colors, lines and shapes we have endeavored to capture the topography of Mother Earth. The earliest recorded example of cartography was discovered in Anatolia and dates back to around 6000 BC. A wall painting spanning several feet provides depictions of a small town and several structures including buildings and a volcano.



Google Maps


Modern Day Map Making

Modern cartography represents a convergence of science, innovation, exploration and art. We still appreciate maps made by artisans such as Mercator, however their present function is as valued relics not practical tools to guide a modern day voyage. The modern day discipline of cartography uses advanced tools and software instead of compasses and sundials to chart the earth. Advances in technology have bridged the gap between social networking, communications and travel. Many of us use maps on a daily basis in the form of Google or Apple's apps and operating systems. While searching for a hiking trail or looking for the nearest gas station to refuel, interactive maps available through mobile devices have changed the way we experience navigation. Technological development have also changed the way maps are created. Aerial photography means that sending large numbers of surveyors and mapmakers into the countryside is a thing of the past. Computer assisted design has further enhanced the make making process. The widespread development and application of geographic information systems, global positions systems and satellite sensing devices are all used to create the newest generation of maps.


Pittsburgh Wall Map


Check out our collection of maps, globes and atlases to learn more about geography
at www.ultimateglobes.com