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Friday, October 4, 2013

Shopping for a School Globe Made Easy

Shopping for a School Globe Made Easy: Tips to Get Rid of the Hassle

Earth & Constellation
One of the main uses of a world globe is to work as an educational tool, providing easy-to-grasp information about the world, its topography and geography, as well as the different countries and borders men have created in it.

If you're looking to buy a globe for any kind of learning institution, it can be easy to think of the task as an easy one. This, unfortunately, is not the case, as the sheer variety of world globes on the market can make it difficult to narrow down your choice. Be ready to ask questions about a world globe’s style, size, materials, features, finish, type, and more if you want to get the most out of your investment.

What is The Globes Purpose?

Obviously, since you're buying a globe for a school, you want it for educational purposes. As silly as it sounds, asking yourself specific questions on why you want a globe in the first place is arguably the most important thing to do before buying a globe for educational use.

For instance, do you want a globe that will occupy the floor in say, a library? You'll want a floor globe for that. Do you want multiple globes in ascending sizes to line the top of your bookcases? Tabletop globes are for you then. Are your students about to study topography? Is political information (e.g. state borders, government histories) important? Or do you want globes with interactive features designed to appeal to young children, like this one below?

These are crucial considerations to make because what you want the globe for easily narrows down the type of globe you'll want to buy.
Standard Classroom Globe

Other Factors to Consider

Other things you'll need to consider are globe type, size, color, features, and more.

World globes are essentially categorized into three main types: physical globes, which provide information about the Earth’s terrain, its landscape, and ecological zones; political globes, which display state borders in prominence and use bolder colors to emphasize boundaries; and celestial globes, which display the positions of heavenly bodies in relation to the planet.

When it comes to size, globes are divided into:

Floor standing globes, the largest of the bunch, requiring plenty of space and having tall, sturdy bases to support their weight and diameter.

Tabletop globes, which are made to occupy desks, but are still large enough to display detailed information required in an educational setting.

Desktop globes, which are smaller and gravitate towards decorative use, being too small to display a lot of information.

Still Need Help?

Sometimes even once you have made your checklist it may still be a little difficult to decide on the right globe. Unfortunately it is virtually impossible to find an actual store that actually carries a variety to view.  If you need assistance keep in mind that we work with hundreds of schools each month, outfitting their classroom and meeting their needs for maps and globes, so feel free to pick up the phone or send us an email and maybe there is a bit more information we can provide that will help with your purchase.

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