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.(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.