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Friday, December 1, 2017

The Geo Safari Talking Globe a Great Holiday Gift for Kids

Memories that Last a Life Time

There are so many fond childhood memories associated with the holidays. Learning about geography and social studies can be one of them. Do you remember as a child closing your eyes and spinning a globe? Perhaps after you spun the globe you pointed out a future travel destination. Can you still remember the anticipation and eagerness you felt as your hand landed on some exotic location. This simple act serves to fuel your imagination and it can do the same for a child today. Technology has changed and there are many educational toys and applications available for kids to play, but its just not the same. A globe is an educational toy that can last a lifetime. The Geo Safari Talking Globe is unique because it teaches children about different places. Trivia, games, quizzes and various different player modes allows a child to learn about cultures and places around the world while having fun. The Geo Safari Talking Globe offers children an experience that cannot be gotten from an app or a computer

                          Geo Safari Talking Globe

Educational Toys and Imagination

It fires the imagination. It inspires people to learn about our world. The information provides by this globe is relevant for a variety of ages and covers information over 10,000 questions. With various levels from beginner to advanced there is sure to be information and activities that will capture the attention of every young scholar. The sphere is 12- inches in diameter and accommodates 4 players at a time. The high quality digital sound and international music are sure to captivate. Questions feature information regarding the United States of America, Canada and the entire World. The electronic components are powered by 4 C batteries or an AC adapter, not included. A headphone jack is included, the volume is adjustable and buttons control the help and repeat buttons as well as automatic scoring. For additional information regarding the Geo Safari Talking Globe or any of our other educational toys for children please feel free to  contact us at

Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday Shopping Guide for the Top 5 Children's Globes in 2017

Geography is one of the most useful subjects that a child can learn. There are plenty of fantastic educational toys available, however a globe is one of the few toys that a child will never out grow a globe is a great investment in educational future of a little one. As a small child, a globe is a fun thing to spin around while learning about different landmarks or major cities. As a middle school or high school student a globe becomes a reference tool for social studies classes. Take a look at our selection of holiday gifts ideas for children.
Scout II

Scout II 
Scout II Globe features a 12-inch sphere designed for a desktop. A rotating base makes for easy viewing. This model is compact and easy to fit in an office and home. Over 4,000 landmarks which included oceans, landmarks and continents are featured in full detail. Detailed oceanography makes the globe unique. A great reference tool for completing homework assignments. An internal LED makes this an excellent choice as a night light. The lighting feature enhances the cartography when used in the dark.
Geo Safari Talking Globe
 Geo Safari Talking Globe 

The Geo Safari Talking Globe is an excellent choice for any young scholar, featuring over 10,000 questions about geography and cultures around the world.  Move between multiple players modes from beginner to advanced. There are three categories for trivia questions. One selection of questions is based on the United States and Canada, a second group is based on the entire world and a third group of questions is based on the World, Canada and the United States.  Each globe features high quality digital sound, an volume control, automatic scoring, help and repeat buttons as well as international music. The 12- inch sphere rests atop an acrylic stand, this model can be enjoyed by up to four players. AC Adapter or 4 size C batteries are required.


The Intelliglobe is an interactive and educational toy with significant longevity. Adults and children can enjoy geography adventures from the comfort of home. Talk about various landmarks, plan a road trip and ask each other trivia questions. Several different player modes means that there are a host of games to enjoy. The fun of a video game combined with the learning potential of an educational toy. Over 2.5 hours of educational material with the option to connect to an app via iOs or Android to update the device with new material.  A USB cable is included for recharging the Intellipen. A World Discovery Book is included.

Pioneer Globe for Kids
Pioneer Globe
The Pioneer Globe by Replogle Globes is a 12- inch raised relief sphere resting a top a metal, bronze-colored stand. A full swing meridian allow for easy accessibility and navigation.  This particular model is unique because few table top globe feature a full meridian. Detailed descriptions of oceanography and topography makes this an excellent reference tool for years to come. The continents, countries and coordinates are outlines to provide a comprehensive representation of Planet Earth. The stand and sphere reach a combined height of 17 inches tall a convenient size for any classroom, home or office. Such a great value for this price point.

Rotating Globe for Kids
 Rotating Globe for Kids from Replogle Globe

The Rotating Globe for Kids from Replogle Globe features a solid metal base and rotates 360 degrees on axis. The sphere and stand reach a combined height of 12 inches. The sphere is 10 inches wide and 10 inches in diameter. An internal LED means that this globe serves dual function as a globe by day and a night light once the sun slips from view. This particular model was created with children in mind and features over 100 illustrations.  Vibrant colors and detailed descriptions serve to stimulate a child's imagination in a positive direction. Depictions of flora and fauna help them gain a better understanding of the world around them. An inline switch controls the light and rotation functions

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Holiday Shopping Guide: The 5 Best Floor Globes for 2017

The holidays are approaching and people are frantically searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family. Avoid the rush and panic by purchasing one of our unique globes for each of your loved ones. These gifts are not only beautiful, they're functional, and there's a perfect globe for everyone. Here are a few of our favorites:


The Maranello Globe
If you are looking for a statement piece for your home or office, look no further than the  Maranello Globe. This deep blue-colored globe featuring 1000s of locations and points of interest is an eye-catching addition to any traditional decor. Mounted on a semi-circular stand and solid metal base, this 20-inch globe has a total height of 45.5 inches and weighs 32 pounds. The expert design of the stand, base, and meridian ensure stability as well as a balanced aesthetic. The internal LED makes this an excellent choice for night time lighting. The cartographic features of the globe can be enjoyed by day and are enhance by this lighting feature by night. The contrast of stainless steel metal and the neutral and realistic earth and ocean tones is both classic and modern at the same time. 

Viking Expedition
The Viking Expedition Globe
Ultimate Globes Exclusive: This beautiful piece is a synergistic combination of rustic and contemporary. In a style reminiscent of HGTV superstar Joanna Gaines, this globe features a beautiful compass design directly below the antique finished die-cast meridian. The full swing meridian allows users to move the 16-inch globe in all directions for easy viewing. With its earth-toned finish, 40-inch height, and over 4000 locations and points of interest, this is a great conversation piece for any home or office.

Eaton III
The Eaton III Globe
This globe is a true gift for world travelers, history buffs, and geography enthusiasts. The careful design captures the characteristic feel of ancient parchment globes, while the latest cartography and intricate topographic features
keep it relevant to our current environment. The walnut/cherry finished tripod stand and full swing brass meridian add to the elegance of this piece. The globe is 16 inches and the tripod adjusts from 41.25 inches to 52.25 inches. While there is some assembly required, this beautiful globe is absolutely worth it. 
Designed by Replogle, this slightly smaller globe adds an understated elegance to any room. A 12-inch globe that stands a total of 35 inches tall with the stand, the Lancaster features approximately 4000 locations and points of interest as well as clearly delineated country and state boundaries. This beautiful full swing bronze globe situated on a cherry finished stand offers a unique modern touch to any design. The raised relief of the globe combined with the die-cast numbered meridian make this a truly original and artistic piece that will be a treasured gift for years to come.

The Barrel Globe
Also by Replogle, the 16-inch Frank Lloyd Wright Barrel World Globe is a magnificent piece of art that is truly in a league of its own. The stunning stand is adapted from a modification of the famous Barrel Chair originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1903. The globe stands a total of 39 inches tall and its distinct features, antique details, and unique charm make it worthy of a place of prominence in even the most elegant rooms. This gift not only shows careful thought but an intricate attention to detail and an innate eye for beauty.

Not only do we pride ourselves on delivering beautiful globes at a great price, but our experts also provide the best service in town. Each globe comes with an extended 1-year limited warranty and guaranteed discounts on any future globe updates. We would love to help you choose the right globe to awe your loved ones this holiday season, contact us today to get started. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Holiday Gift Purchasing Guide: Top 5 Desktop Globes for 2017

Choices for Holiday Presents

Globes make excellent choices for holiday presents. A miniature Planet Earth is an ideal gift option for the person who has everything. This convenient yet sophisticated gift option is compact, aesthetically appealing and practically useful. Here are our suggestions for the 5 Best Desktop Globes for presents this holiday season.

The Livingston Globe by Replogle is a 12-inch blue ocean sphere featuring raised relief and mounted on a traditional yet modern stand. The countries and continents are depicted in vibrant detail. A solid, disc shaped base and a golden, metallic stand add classic touches. The Livingston features clean lines and a simple aesthetic. This reference tool is an excellent accompaniment to any office, classroom or home. Resting at top its stand the globe reaches a height of 16 inches, its is 13 inches wide and 12 inches in diameter. At just over 3 lbs it is light and easy to transport and hold for viewing accessibility.

The Freedom Globe from Replogle Globes is a classic and appealing addition to any desk. Tributes to both nature and American heritage resound throughout the design. The 12-inch sphere is mounted on a bronze relief of an eagle with its wings spread in flight. The view of this majestic creature taking flight adds artistic appeal and inspiration. The metallic eagle rests on a wooden base. The sphere feature antique oceans and raised reliefs with detailed depictions of various continents, oceans, countries and landmarks. Assembled dimensions are 20 H x 13.5 W x 12 D. 


The Ambassador globe by Waypoint Geographic features an Antique Oceans sphere and bronze, numbered semi-meridian. The 12-inch sphere is mounted on a circular wood disc that is finished in dark cherry. The two tier design add a touch of classic elegance. Detailed ocean cartography adds to the reference value of this desktop guide. Geopolitical boundaries and landmarks are current and reflect that latest information. The assembled dimensions of this globe are 17 H x 13.5 W x 12 D.

The Bingham globe from National Geographic is a tribute to the explore of the same name. The classic yet bold styling is reflective of a bygone era. The 12- inch antique oceans sphere rests on a two-tone wooden base and features a diecast semi-meridian. The raised relief map provides detailed descriptions of the continents, oceans, countries and landmarks. The assembled dimensions of the globe are 16.5 H x 13 W x 12 D . 

MOVA Blue Ocean Relief Map Revolving Globe 

 For an elegant and interesting piece of desktop art look no further. The MOVA Blue Ocean Relief Map Revolving Globe 4.5-inch is a beautiful and simple option. This one of a kind globe silently rotates on its 3 pronged stand. Solar cells utilize magnetic force and ambient light to generate power. The effervescent blue of the oceans is a pleasing contrast to the neutral continental color schemes found on the continents and countries. The assembled dimensions of the globe are 7.25 H x 4.5 W x 4.5 D. This one of kind globe weighs only three pounds. Easy to transport and enjoy.

For this and other interesting holiday gift options, globes and maps, check out our website 

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Safari Explorer Oceans and Animals Globe: Blue for Boys and Pink for Girls

This new addition to our collection is a great choice for the little scholar in your life. Unlike most of our globes, this model features an option for boys and an option for girls.

Safari Explorer Blue Oceans Animals Globe
The Safari Explorer Blue Oceans Animals Globe is a 10-inch illuminated desktop perfect for a little boy who loves animals and geography. The continents and oceans are depicted in vibrant, brilliant blue. Over one hundred landmarks, animals and other illustrations cover the globe. An internal LED makes using this as a night light or back light a great option. The internal lighting also enhances cartographic features making them easier to read and more distinguishable. A sturdy acrylic base provides support and is also the same color as the sphere. An attached cord is located between the globe and the meridian at the south pole. An inline switch makes it easy to access this feature. A semi-meridian makes for easy navigation for finding coordinates and various locations around the world. The overall assembled size of the globe is 14"h x 10.5"w x 10"d. 

Safari Explorer Pink Oceans Animals Globe

The Safari Explorer Pink Ocean Animals Globe is a 10-inch illuminated desktop kids globe featuring pink oceans and landmasses, a great gift for a little girl. A one of a kind completely pink globe. An internal LED enhances the cartography when used at night. Another excellent choice for use as a back light or night light to illuminate a child’s room. The sturdy acrylic base is also the same shade of pink. The same illustrations of animals and various landmarks are included as in the aforementioned product. The change of color makes this globe particularly suited to a little girl.  Learning about geography with a great educational toy like this one is a positive way to influence children and help them gain an understanding of the world around them. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Holidays, Geography and Fun Times with Children

An understanding of geography can help make holiday festivities especially meaningful to children. There are those special days on the calendar where birthdays, anniversaries or nation wide celebrations take place. Children look forward to the festive mood of holidays because of the changes it brings. Delicious food, gatherings with friends and family, exchanging stories and memories. Looking at a globe can help a child gain a better understanding of how certain traditions developed. A beautiful globe like the Geo Safari Puzzle Globe can help a child learn about the world around them. The pieces are easy to assemble and allow a child to identify the continents and the ocean. An educational toy like this makes a great holiday present and provides the opportunities hours of fun and learning.

GeoSafari Puzzle Globe
Geo Safari Puzzle Globe

An understanding of where a holiday comes from helps a child develop a tangible connection to the world around them. Use a map or globe to locate the location of the first Thanksgiving. Talk about harvest time celebrations around the world and some of the food commonly eaten to celebrate a good year. Discuss some of the activities, songs, dances and traditions enjoyed during this time of year. Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah all provide excellent opportunities to learn about other cultures across the globe. Try sampling different foods and asking age appropriate questions regarding other belief systems.

Other geographical ideas that you could explore together include the Roman Empire, Persia, the Fertile Crescent and Egypt. Moving from the religious topics to more secular ones, you could explore Santa stories from different countries using a map or globe. Other holidays can be explored for other faiths too. And some holidays are not religion-related. For instance, for Ground Hog Day you might talk about Punxsutawney, PA. Where is it? What is the climate like there? Could the climate in Punxsutawney affect whether or not "Phil" sees his shadow? When Europeans came to North America, who settled in this area and why? How did the climate affect them?

If you check out the list of National "Days" in the US, you'll find there's a day for about anything you can imagine. The possibilities of tying in geography with these observances are nearly endless. Combining holiday celebrations with geography helps children develop a whole picture of what we're doing and why, making life more "real" rather than just a conglomeration of motions we go through to spend the time. Try adding a new dimension to your family celebrations by developing a greater understanding of the world we live in. Using quality materials will help grab your child's attention and ensure that you share correct, current information.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Decorating with Globes: Ways to Make your Homeschool Classroom Come Alive

Just as globes play an important role in public and private school classrooms, they are equally as important in home school classrooms. If you’re a homeschooling parent, here are some ideas for decorating with globes we think you’ll find very attractive.

 For teaching world geography, the GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. would be a better choice. This globe features a number of facts about countries throughout the world, their landmarks, and cultures. It even comes with its own interactive quiz game, which is perfect for times when you’d rather allow your kids to explore learning on their own.

GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. 

 If you’re looking for a globe that will also help you teach science, the Replogle 10-inch Illuminated Desktop Globe would be perfect. By turning on this globe, children can explore everything from undersea aquatic animals to active volcanoes. Use it along with an oversized aquarium, 3D models of mountains and volcanoes, or pictures of animals.

Replogle Rotating Globe for Kids

 It would be ideal in a classroom that contains maps on the wall or framed photographs of iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty. To provide perspective on how the earth looks from outer space, use the Earth by Day and Night Globe. This nine-inch interactive globe offers a daytime function that allows you to identify various countries and their boundaries. When switched onto nighttime function, it provides a look at city lights throughout the world as they are seen from space. This feature is ideal for explaining where large populations of people are located. This would be the perfect accent for a classroom decorated with glow-in-the-dark stars and planets.

Earth by Day and Night Globe.

These are just a few of our globes that are highly practical for homeschooling families. To see our entire collection, please contact us.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

5 Ways to Make Social Studies Kid Friendly

A New Approach to Social Studies

Certain school subjects have a way of being difficult to capture the interest of many students. There are always a few history buffs or literature aficionados, but most students tend to zone out during less thrilling subjects. Social studies falls into the boring category, but with these five kid friendly social studies tips, the kids will be craving more.

1. Visuals
The world is a visual place and children love to see the experience. Simply sliding images by them on a screen does not allow them to engage with the lesson. Instead, have the student's draw what they imagine happened. Allow time for the students to discuss their drawings with each other. Products like our map and notebook combinations provide students with a chance to take an in depth look at the world and to record their own findings.

Canada and World Notebook

2. Move
Children are active as a natural part of development. It is hard to learn when you have been sitting still for some time. Get the kids up and moving. Have them act out in drama form the main theme of a lesson. Perhaps designing a physical game of major wars will help kids remember the influential people involved.  The Replogle Globes Rotating Globe for Kids is a great option for hands on learning, with over 100 illustrations of people, landmarks and animals. This fun and colorful globe is an excellent addition to any home or classroom. This globe is designed with a child's creative imagination in mind, over 100 illustrations of people, well known places and animals in their natural habitat adorned this globe. A rotation feature and internal LED make this colorful, fun globe even more versatile.

Replogle Rotating Globe for Kids

3. Student Lead Learning
Highlighting students that excel in subjects can help the others engage as they see a few of their own leading a lesson. Breaking them into smaller groups and letting the leaders teach a few classmates is a great way to build community in a class and let the creativity pour out.

4. Adapt
If you have been working to spice up the social studies learning experience but are still seeing blank stares, do not be afraid to adapt and change things up. Ask the students what or how they would like learn, you may be surprised at the results. There are so many different ways that social studies can be practically applied to the world around us, encourage students to use their imagination and apply maps skills, to everyday tasks like planning a trip to the grocery story. Taking a family vacation or finding a new place they want to visit.

5. Music
Writers and movers can lead creative lessons by writing lyrics of the lessons main themes or developing choreography to aid in a visual element. Rapping about the state capitols or dancing to short phrases of a few countries will stick with kids into adulthood. Dreading social studies not be the norm. Use these five tips and apply them to your children's or student's learning experience. Each tip can be adapted for any subject as well, making school and learning an adventure for all. 

 Ultimate Globes has many products that help enhance your children's social studies learning experience, contact us today to hear more.

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

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Kids, Maps and Geography: Social Studies in the Classroom


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. 


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.( 

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 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. provides information for students and educators on developing a sound curriculum. Highlights include sections on maps, current events, and countries and cultures. 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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Earth Day April 22, 2017- A Day to Learn, A Day to Grow

April 22, 2017 marks the 47th Anniversary of Earth Day, a global initiative to demonstrate a commitment to environmental conservation efforts. Various issues of political and social concern have come to the forefront with pressing matters such as climate change and global warming in recent years. This year Google has revealed their plans to release a new version of Google Earth especially for 2017. 

Environmental Protection Agency and Policy Changes

Environmental science and conscientious consumers have joined forces over the last 40 plus years to create a sort of counterculture in the Western World, concerns about air and water quality have turned the Environmental Protection Agency into a household name.  In 1962 Rachel Carson' New York bestseller Silent Spring was published and this was a catalyst for increasing public awareness regarding the correlation between pollution and public health. That first Earth Day in 1970 gave a tangible voice to the need to protect the environment. 1970 saw the creation of United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passing of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. 

Global Activism and Cooperation

Fast forward to Earth Day 2000 and by this time Earth Day blossomed into an international grassroots activist endeavor. Citizens around the world united to express a desire for decisive action on issues impacting global warming and clean energy. In 2010, Earth Day Network brought 250,000 people to the National Mall for an the largest environmental service project to date. A Billion Acts of Green, a global reforestation campaign that has developed into The Canopy Project. Earth Day celebrations and initiatives have grown and developed to include over 192 countries and has become the largest secular day of observance.

Oregon Scientific Smart Infinity Globe

The Oregon Scientific Smart Infinity

There is one planet that we all call home and it requires a join responsibility to maintain clean air, water and food to sustain its citizens. One of the best ways to instill respect and appreciate for the planet is to teach kids about different places and cultures. A globe like the Oregon Scientific Smart Infinity is a great way to teach your kids about the world around them this Earth Day. This globe overs wireless exploration with the accompanying Smart Pen. A local supplemental map for geography lessons as well as Apps for interactive learning and a connection to a PC for updated, current information. This device includes over 30 fun and educational activities and a Micro SD car provided content memory storage. Audio notes can be recorded with the Smart Pen. At 13-inches x 11inches x 15 inches this is the perfect size to fit in a child's lap or be taken on a road trip. The  Oregon Smart Infinity Globe can help children develop a sense of global consciousness. An understanding that Planet Earth is home to many different people, animals and other life forms helps encourage a respectful and responsible attitude. Respect for the planet is about simple things like not littering. There are so many simple steps a person can take to reduce their carbon footprint. 

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